Recommended Resources

On this page, you will find a thorough list of all my favorite tools and resources that I use on this site, in my studio, and at home.

They will help you do things faster, easier, and with confidence knowing that I ONLY recommend products I have used for a long time and can personally attest their worth.

I will update this page regularly so be sure and check back!


Affiliate Disclosure

Some of the resources listed on this page contain affiliate links. If you choose to purchase one of them, I will receive a small percentage of that sale for the referral at no additional cost to you.


 

Top All-Around Favorite Tools

Evernote. The easiest way to describe Evernote is that it’s a digital filing cabinet where you can save multiple types of content formats in one location: documents, URL links, clips from YouTube, selections from internet pages, PDF files, and more. Highly useful for both our teaching and personal lives!

Check out all my Evernote tutorials on Piano Pantry.

 

Feedly. Using an RSS Reader is, in my opinion, the only way to properly manage content in today’s world. An RSS Reader is like a personalized digital newspaper. You tell it the website you want to follow and it will stream all the newsfeeds into one location so you can keep up on new content in one place.

Read more about how I use Feedly in this post: Managing Internet Content the Easy Way

 

Grammarly. My English teacher and writing sidekick. With Grammarly Premium, you not only get the basic critical grammar and spell-check errors, but you also get instant feedback on over 400 advanced grammar rules. Microsoft Word spell-check can’t even touch the capability of this program.

Read more on why I love Grammarly in this post: Grammarly – Spell Check on Steroids

 

 

LastPass. In this day and age, I couldn’t manage all my accounts and passwords properly without Last Pass. Your life will be made easier (and more secure).

 

 

Studio Marketing and Social Media

Canva.com. An amazing tool for creating easy and incredible social media images. Use built-in templates perfectly sized for each social media network.

EyeDropper Extention. Super handy Chrome extension to grab color codes off the internet.

InstagramFind out why having an Instagram account can be beneficial for your music studio in this post: Instagram for Independent Music Teachers: The #1 Reason You Should be There

Google PhotosI could put this one under several different categories really. Switching to Google Photos was one of the best things I did for managing my studio photos. Read more here: 5 Reasons Why Google Photos Might be the Perfect Solution for Your Studio.

The Piano Teacher’s Ultimate Facebook Guide. Daniel Patterson at Grow Your Music Studio has put together an amazing document to help piano teachers learn to utilize Facebook to market their studio. I learned lots from this resource.

 

Communication

Boomerang for Gmail. This Chrome extension helps me schedule emails to send at optimal times, snooze messages, and my favorite benefit – follow up reminders if someone doesn’t respond to your email.

Gmail. I gave up on Microsoft Outlook years ago and really love all things Google.

Keyrocket for (PC). Become more productive with keyboard shortcuts

Mailchimp. A simple drag-and-drop email solution for studio newsletters. What I like best? I can see what families have and haven’t read the newsletter!

Wisestamp. Generates professional, custom email signatures.

 

Apps for Students and the Profession

forScore. This app is well worth the fee. forScore is the best sheet music reader out there, especially when paired with the Airturn PED.

NinGenius – Studio Edition. The perfect application for student music lab time. Few apps out there allow multiple student log-ins and luckily as this is one of my student’s favorite apps, this is one that does!

NoteRush. One of my favorite apps for students as the app recognizes whether or not the student is playing the exact note on the piano.

RhythmLab. Once again, this is one of the few apps out there that allow multiple student logins. That in itself makes it a winner for me.

Tonara. The best platform thus far for online lesson assignments.  Attach sound files, links, and PDFs to every individual assignment.

Use the code: PIANOPANTRY to get 20% off a yearly subscription to Tonara!

 

Hardware

Airturn PED. This Bluetooth hands-free page-turner works seamlessly with my iPad. I use it weekly along with my ForScore app for Sunday service.

Apple 12.9″ 128 GB, Wi-Fi iPad ProBeing that I don’t have a laptop, the 12″ iPad, and Smart Keyboard combo are the perfect (and cheaper than a laptop) substitution. The larger screen makes reading sheet music on the iPad much easier on the eyes. I wish I would have gotten one sooner. Also, I definitely wouldn’t recommend less than 128 GB.

Apple Smart Keyboard for 12.9″ iPad Pro. I know it’s expensive, but it is absolutely AMAZING and I would buy this keyboard all over again. It’s sleek, simple, and versatile.

Apple Pencil for iPad Pro. Again, expensive but it is absolutely AMAZING and totally worth it. It works perfectly for my students doing worksheets on the iPad.

Casio Celviano Keyboard. I currently have 4 Casio Celviano AP-620 models in my studio similar to this one on Amazon. They’re a solid, simple, reliable, and nice-looking keyboard for group classes.

Logitech Wireless Keyboard. My husband and I have both been using this wireless keyboard for years. It’s super comfortable to use with my desktop computer.

Logitech Wireless Mouse. This wireless mouse is extremely comfortable, especially for long periods of computer usage.

 

Hosting/Website/Blogging

Hawkhost. I have been super happy with Hawkhost. Their client support has always been quick to respond and very helpful. They provide great service.

WordPress.org For those more comfortable with technology and looking for lots of customization possibilities; Piano Pantry and my studio website Studio88Piano.com are both built in WordPress.

Weebly.com For those less comfortable with technology, Weebly is a great way to go and will help you more easily produce a great-looking website.

 

Recording Equipment

Blue Yeti USB Microphone. This microphone is easy to use and best of all has a mute button to avoid those little coughs when recording.

Eramble Studio Microphone Pop Filter. Simple pop filter for your microphone to reduce popping sounds.

Khanka Microphone Case for Blue Yeti. A small, simple, and compact case to carry the Blue Yeti microphone. Room for cables, and a pop filter.

 

Food/Kitchen

Paprika. I love this app for managing all my recipes for many reasons. First of all, it has a built-in browser so you can easily import recipes from any site. Second, there is a desktop version so I can manage recipes from my desktop and not just the app which I find to be much more efficient.

Pepperplate. I used this app for years but it became antiquated as it had no updates and was not easy to clip recipes from the web. Of course, two months after I switched to Paprika, they announced they were going to a paid subscription so they could update the app.

 

Books

See the Books for Piano Teachers on Piano Pantry.

 


Affiliate Disclosure

Some of the resources listed on this page contain affiliate links. If you choose to purchase one of them, I will receive a small percentage of that sale for the referral at no additional cost to you.