This is a post I’ve been excited to write for a long time. I don’t know why exactly. I think it’s just because it’s a fun and light post that doesn’t require any of us to revamp our piano-teaching or extend our to-do list. LOL.
If you’re not already on Instagram, you might want to check out this post first on the #1 Reason Why You Should Be On Instagram as in Independent Music Teacher.
Whether you’re just creating your Instagram account for the first time, or if you’ve been on there since the day it launched in 2010, there are five Instagram accounts I’ve really enjoyed recently you might want to consider following if you’re not already.
Before I give you my list, I wanted to let you know exactly what I was looking for in this particular list.
While there are a TON of piano teachers, bloggers, etc. on Instagram, this post is focused on accounts that spark a little “fun” in the piano studio world.
They can include a little (but not too much) of:
- Marketing for their website or product.
- Videos of their own playing or their students playing.
They should include:
- Student / studio-related photos (but not too many).
- A few personal photos – keep yourself real and relatable!
- A lot of fun, beautiful piano-related eye candy.
In other words, I was looking for accounts that balanced life and studio, that didn’t seem focused on marketing their self or products, and that included a lot of piano beauty, fun, and even humor.
Here’s are my recommendations in no particular order. (Except the last one which is definitely my favorite!)
Ally Santos @imaginary keys
Ally’s account @imgainarykeys is probably only 30% piano-specific, but I always love the photos she posts whether they’re piano-related, teaching-related, or personal.
She even posts fun food photos once in a while like this one that made it into one of my secret letters as a favorite Instagram.
SUSAN HONG @STONEOAKPIANO
I first met Susan when she hosted Joy Morin and me during our stay at the 2016 MTNA Conference in San Antonio.
Susan has a thriving studio and also a site called SusanHong.com where she sells her beautiful artwork such as piano mandala’s and postcards.
Her Instagram account @stoneoakpiano is a great example of how to showcase your students. She has lots of fun (and I mean really fun) piano studio photos.
P.S. This post on Susan’s Instagram account was inspired by The Varsity Musician’s Playbook Part 2: Studio “Locker Room”! 🙂
ANNE CROSBY GAUDET @MUSICDISCOVERIESCA
Anne Crosby Gaudet is a Canadian teacher and composer. I’ve been following her Music Discoveries site for a long time. As you can see from her profile listing above, Anne’s Instagram account @musicdiscoveriesca not only includes piano-related items but also harp!
Even though she posts quite a few photos of her compositions and products, I don’t mind because she does it in a way that doesn’t make you feel like you’re being marketed to. They just feel like beautiful photos.
This is also an account that cat-lovers should follow!
Lauren Kelly @pianolessonsvancouver
Lauren Kelly is a Canadian piano teacher. Her Instagram account @pianolessonsvancouver has a lot of great studio photos along with really fun/silly images.
Mathilde Carré @mathildecarre.piano
I absolutely LOVE the Instagram account of French pianist and teacher Mathilde Carré. It’s been 20 years since I finished my four years of French in high school, so sadly, I can’t really read much of the text in the posts she publishes. It doesn’t really matter though, because the images speak for themselves!
Here’s a selection of posts that represent her account well. (The center photo is one that also made it into my monthly secret letter)
Do you know of an Instagram account that fits this criterion that we should consider following? Share in the comments!