Friday, December 2, 2016

The Plucky Pianista Blog is MOVING!

Hi friends! I have some very exciting news to share - The Plucky Pianista Blog is moving to a new home! I've been working very hard on the new location, and you can visit the new blog on my website at!

This will be the last post in this location, and I hope you'll join us over at the website! All the posts and freebies that are located here will remain here (for as long as Blogger allows me to do so!) and all the new posts from today forward will be published at the new blog at

Be sure to follow the blog and get the newsletter by signing up to download The Ultimate Recital Checklist and Timeline - Your Free Guide to Hosting a Fabulous Student Recital. You won't want to miss out on this comprehensive free checklist to help you with your recital prep!

Thank you so much for following The Plucky Pianista blog for the past several years. I have learned so much from this experience, and I'm super excited to take what I have learned and apply it to the new blog and make it a place that I hope you'll enjoy visiting for teaching tips, business tips, fabulous free resources, and so much more! Y'all have been amazing, friends! Thanks for being such fabulous followers and supporters!

See you soon at!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Christmas Piano Recital Preparation

Happy Thursday, friends! My piano students are having a Christmas recital in November (I know, that's SO early, but you know how it is when the holiday events start filing up the calendar!). They've been working diligently on their solos since September, and I have loved every minute of spending all of our time these past several weeks on Christmas music. The kids have been ecstatic to work solely on Christmas music, which is a HUGE change of pace for them, and for me too! 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Free Fundraising Kit for Your Music Studio

Students in the Melody Payne Piano Studio recently participated in an effort to raise money for victims of the devastating flood that destroyed so many homes in Louisiana in August 2016, and we'd love for your students to join us, whether to raise money for Louisiana, North Carolina, or for victims of another disaster.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Transform Your Studio Space on a Budget, Part 5: Finishing Touches

You may remember a few years ago when I did a 4-part series on how to transform your studio space on a budget, Part 1Part 2Part 3, and Part 4. If you haven't read those posts yet, please take a few minutes to do so because they form the foundation for today's post. Since the original makeover, I have done a few more things to the studio to further enhance the space and give it a more modern and clean look. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Consulting/Piano Pedagogy Training for Piano Teachers

Are you a piano teacher who is just getting started? Do you want to fine-tune your teaching skills? Do you feel unsure about the best way to teach piano lessons? Are you interested in receiving personalized teaching advice from a professional in the field? Are you working towards National Certification through MTNA? If you want to polish any aspect of your teaching skills, consulting and piano pedagogy training for piano teachers might be just what you've been looking for! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Need Free Ink?

Did you know that you can get printer ink for free, right now, when you need it most? If you haven't heard the buzz about the HP Instant Ink program yet, today is your lucky day. I enrolled two years ago and it has literally been the best decision with regards to printing I have ever made.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Got Skype? Got 90 Minutes? Grow Your Online Teaching Skills This Summer!

Do online music lessons seem a bit daunting? Do you know what equipment and technology you need to teach a successful online lesson? Do you know how to set up and use your equipment? What about finding students? Or getting paid? Or setting up your policy? Or knowing which activities can be successful in an online lesson? Are there specific teaching tips you should use for online lessons? How about pros and cons of online teaching? Or troubleshooting when something goes wrong?

Do you ever think, "I could never teach on Skype because I'm afraid of using technology during piano lessons" or "I wish I could stop teaching so many makeup lessons", or "I'm moving soon and I don't want to leave all of my students behind!" or "I wish I had more students" .... then I can help!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Music Awards and Piano Recital Kits for Your Upcoming Recital

If you have a piano recital coming up, you might be searching for just the right awards to present to your students to celebrate their accomplishments throughout the past year of lessons. Plus, these awards are a very affordable way to make each of your students feel recognized and special, especially if you are on a tight recital budget. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Learn to Teach Music Lessons on Skype

Learn to Teach Music Via Skype with the "Getting Started with Online Lessons" training videos for music teachers who want to learn to teach music lessons or classes via Skype, FaceTime, or other video chat platform. This video specifically uses Skype as the platform, but the information can easily be transferred to other platforms.