Resources, Studio Business

My New Laminator

Just wanted to show off a picture of my new laminator today…

I bought it a couple of weeks ago for $15 at Aldi, believe it or not!  At that price, I figured it was worth trying out.  I’ve been so happy with it and have been laminating a lot of my games and flashcards.

I am off to NYC for the MTNA conference very soon!!  I am very excited.  I will be taking off from blogging for most of next week, but when I return I will have lots of conference notes and photos to share!  I’m also looking forward to meeting some of the other piano teacher bloggers who are going.

Happy weekend!

Reviews, Rhythm

Review: Rhythm Menagerie by Wendy Stevens

Wendy Stevens from the ComposeCreate blog has created a wonderful rhythm resource called Rhythm Menagerie.

The Basics

In Wendy’s own words:

“Rhythm Menagerie is designed to take away the distractions of note reading, articulation, and other music concepts so that students can focus on having fun while strengthening their rhythm!”

Rhythm Menagerie is a 93-page pdf for teachers to use with their students.  The license permits teachers to print as many copies as they wish as long as they are using it with their own students.  Rhythm Mengerie is for sale on Wendy’s website for $34.99.  (Wendy has kindly offered to give Color In My Piano readers a limited-time discount, however — read to the bottom of this post to learn more!)  Continue reading “Review: Rhythm Menagerie by Wendy Stevens”

Early Childhood Music, Games, Group Classes, Printables, Teaching Piano

The Amazing Keyboard Race

I had a wonderful extended weekend in Michigan, giving my presentations and spending time with my family!  Now I’m busy back at work, playing catch-up.  :)  However, I do have a little game I’d like to share with you today.

I am not the original inventor of this game, I’m sure — but in case you haven’t seen it before, here’s how to play this keyboard game with your beginner students!

Continue reading “The Amazing Keyboard Race”


Giveaway Winners

Just wanted to take a moment to announce the two winners of the sheet music necklace giveaway from last week.  The winners are commenters #12 and #25:  Erica and Becky!  Congrats, ladies!  Please check your inboxes for an email from me.

Many of you were curious about how I made the necklaces, so I will try to get a post up about that eventually. :)

Early next week, I’ll be traveling to Michigan to give a presentation for a couple of local music teachers associations back home.  My presentation is called, “Business Sense for Piano Teachers of the 21st Century.”  Wish me luck!  I might take a couple of days off from blogging, depending on how busy the weekend turns out to be.

Have a great weekend, all!

improving as a teacher, Professional Development, Teaching Piano

My Assignment Notebook Method

Last Thursday, we started a Forum Q&A discussion about assignment notebooks/pages for students.  Today, I thought I’d share my own method of tracking assignments — and, of course, also announce the winner of the giveaway!

The winner of the sheet music decorative balls is commenter #5… LaDona!  Congrats!!  (By the way, if you haven’t seen LaDona’s wonderful blog before, you can check it out here.)

My method of tracking assignments is very similar to what many of you do: I write in a journal-sized notebook.

I always start with the date and then I outline any warmup/technique exercises (5-finger patterns, arpeggios, scales, etc).  The photos in this post show a made-up but typical assignment page:  Continue reading “My Assignment Notebook Method”

Words of Wisdom

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”

— Victor Hugo

Every Wednesday brings Words of Wisdom here at the Color in my Piano blog in the form of a musical quote or joke, intended to bring inspiration or humor to the middle of your week. Have suggestions? Send an email off to admin[at]

Studio Business

Referral Thank You Gift

I recently had a current student refer a new student to me for piano lessons.  The best kind of marketing is word-of-mouth, so I am always happy when parents/students are willing to tell others about my services!  So I decided to give a little gift as a token of my appreciation:

I created this T-shirt at, and accompanied it with a thank you card.  :)

Also: I wanted to use this post to announce the winner of the candle giveaway:  It’s commenter #12, Pauline!  Congrats!  Please check your inbox for an email from me.

The winners of the other giveaways will be announced over the next few days.