Teaching Piano

My 6 Favorite Office Supply Items as a Piano Teacher

Office supplies are always a teacher’s joy! I thought it would be fun to put together a post compiling my go-to pens, pencils, and other office items. Below, you’ll find a handy list with photos and links of the supplies I like to have near my fingertips while teaching piano lessons. (I’m currently still teaching my lessons online for now due to Covid-19 pandemic, but I keep these items on hand regardless and I bet you might like them, too!)

Please enjoy, and share your own favorite office supplies in the comments at the end of this post!

1. InkJoy Gel Pens

I once saw another teacher using these pens while at a conference, and I had to ask what they were. Now, these are my guilty pleasure. You can get these InkJoy Gel pens singly at OfficeMax, or buy a whole pack. The purple is my favorite.

I don’t use pen often while teaching, but I do use them all the time myself for to-do lists or anything else handwritten throughout the day.

Note: Just so you know, the links in the post are Amazon Affiliate links, which means you are supporting this blog if you decide to make a purchase using the links. Thanks!

2. Frixion Erasable Markers

My friend Susan Hong introduced me to these. They are Frixion erasable felt-tipped markers, and my students and I love them for making marks in our sheet music! Students are amazed at the way these erase using the friction of the rubber tips on the pen covers. Having color choices always makes for some extra fun in the lesson. We enjoy color-coding our dynamic markings, tracing slurs, circling notes, etc.

3. Post-it Sticky Notes

My students and I use Post-It sticky notes as bookmarks to mark the pages of pieces they are currently working on. No more guesswork! Even the littlest ones know what to practice each week. I always buy the 1.5”x2” sized ones for this purpose.

I also keep the larger 3”x3” sized sticky notes around for my own personal reminders and to-dos.

4. Bic Mechanical Pencils

I love using Bic mechanical pencils. They’re always sharp and ready-to-go, so that’s what I keep on my piano. My students love them, especially the young ones. I recommend buying the ones with 0.7mm or even 0.9mm sized lead, instead of 0.5mm, so they are less likely to break if students press hard. I love the smoothness of the thicker leads anyway!

5. Prismacolor Col-Erase Pencils

I’ve been using these Prismacolor Col-Erase pencils in my teaching for years. Color always makes everything more fun, and these are especially awesome colored pencils because they are erasable!

6. Sticky Page Markers (as an Alternative to Highlighter Tape)

My students and I enjoy using these translucent, colorful page markers to highlight certain areas of our sheet music. I like these as an alternative to highlighter tape, because they are essentially precut and it’s easy to keep lots of colors on hand.

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These page markers are repositionable, and you can also write on them if desired. You can find them on Amazon or at any office supply store — or sometimes at the dollar store as well.


Your turn: Tell me your favorite office supplies in the comments below! I’d love to hear!

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12 thoughts on “My 6 Favorite Office Supply Items as a Piano Teacher”

  1. I’ve been using ShuffleArt Dry Erase Markers from Amazon.
    I like that the tip includes the felt eraser and of course, lots of color choices. Since teaching online, I use a small dry erase board frequently, so these are perfect. Also, I sent each student one marker in their online lesson goodie bag at the beginning of the year. They use it to mark on the laminated staff/keyboard that is included. They’re a great tool!!
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YDNGGYV/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_8FMNMWB4NJRDGKYR7FX3

    1. I love my Ticonderoga pencils, advertised as “the world’s best pencils,” and they truly are! They have the best erasers (that make erasing super easy for little hands), and they have the best lead. I sometimes use the fat “beginner” size pencils for my littlest students.

      My students LOVE using Sharpie gel highlighters for highlighting their music bc they’re “fun” to use. I give them one or two each year in their goodie bags.

      I love writing lesson assignment notes with my extra fine precise V5 rolling ball “Pilot” pens – available in many colors.

      And I couldn’t live without my “Bic Wite-Out Exact Liner” white out. I should buy stock in their company…that’s how much I use them.

  2. I loved this post, as I’m also a fan of using colored posti-it’s, felt tip pens, highlight ers in four colors, etc. ! You’ve given me some great new options. I

  3. I also use a white out tape dispenser. Sometimes I want to make some big chord intervals easier on younger students’ hands so we just get rid of the “unneeded” notes on the staff. Students love that the music is more playable for them! (With my smaller hands I sometimes white out my own music as well. ?)

  4. Can’t live without gel highlighters. Don’t bleed through to page behind & come in fun colors. Usually listed online as Bible Highlighters.

  5. I love my highlighter tape. It’s a bummer I can’t use it as much while distance teaching , so I gifted some to my students and they can have fun with it! I’ll have to check out the Sharpie gel markers—I’m intrigued!

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