Tech Tuesday: The Piano Bench Magazine (and giveaway!)


I am excited to introduce you to a new piano teacher magazine created by Karen Gibson (editor/publisher) called, The Piano Bench Mag. The Piano Bench Mag is available by download on iTunes to your iPhone or iPad. The magazine will then sync to your NewStand app.

The first issue of The Piano Bench Mag has come out this month and is full of holiday ideas for the piano studio.

Inside the first issue you will find:

  • Find a Treasury of Holiday ideas (different website resources for you to check out!)
  • Giving Back- My Studio and Operation Christmas Child
  • How Charlie Brown Helped my Career
  • App Review- Master in a Minute
  • 5 Alternatives to the December Recital
  • Jazz Up Your Christmas Carols!

I am looking forward to seeing what future issues will hold. Next month the main topic will be on Technology.

Subscription rates are 1 issue for $1.99; 6 month for $7.99 or 1 year for $11.99.

Karen has offered 5 lucky readers of FPSResources a 3 month subscription to The Piano Bench Mag out for FREE!

To enter please comment on what topics you would like to see written in The Piano Bench Magazine. Deadline to enter is Saturday, October 26th 10:00pm (mountain standard time).  (*Winner MUST respond within 72 hours of announcement or another winner will be chosen*) The winner will be announced on this blog and on the FPSResources Facebook page by Sunday, October 27th. Be sure you subscribe to the blog and on our Facebook page so you don’t miss out seeing if you are a winner! Good luck!

35 thoughts on “Tech Tuesday: The Piano Bench Magazine (and giveaway!)

  1. I am always looking for ways to motivate a student to practice well at home. I’d also like help with transfer students who come to me and do not know how to read notes, but play fairly well. I love all the ideas I can get!

  2. This sounds like a great new magazine, and I love that it will be on my iPad! How about ideas for winter or spring recitals, to follow their December recital idea? Also a column on apps for teaching might be nice – its hard to keep up on these, tho’ Jennifer Fox works to do this for us.

  3. I’d like to see theme ideas for practice motivation as well as spring recital themes and song recommendations for various levels that fit those themes.

  4. As a high school piano class teacher, I have enjoyed getting great ideas from your blog and I can’t wait to subscribe to the magazine! Since I teach various levels of students in one piano class, it would be interesting to get ideas on how to keep the students who can’t read music motivated when the students (who are in chorus, band or orchestra) move ahead when all they have to do is learn where to place their fingers on the keys and go.

  5. I saw the initial posting of The Piano Bench Mag and was delighted with the lay-out as well as the amount of pertinent information. The listing of topics in this first issue sounds like it covers the topics that teachers need. Another fabulous resource!

  6. I would love articles on teaching chording. & improvisation

    Also informational articles. Like mini inservices ( I have a nursing background — they love articles in mags with a quiz at the end ! )
    I hope I win. But if not I will be purchasing !!

  7. Neat looking magazine! I’d love to see articles on repertoire suggestions (student savers) and business practices for the IMT.

  8. Looks like a fun and helpful magazine! I’m always looking for ways to improve note reading and rhythm. New ideas on almost any topic are great!

  9. I ALWAYS need ideas to motivate students to practice in home in spite of their busy schedules. I am also interested in fresh new ideas for a spring recital. I think parents and students alike get tired of the same old thing.

  10. I would LOVE some ideas on in-studio competitions involving rhythmic accuracy. It’s easy to find great games that reinforce staff reading, but rhythm is equally important, and often neglected!

  11. This looks like a great mag. Tips on teaching improvisation and composition, motivational repertoire, app reviews and uses in the private studio are some of the things I’d find really useful.

  12. I would love more ideas for good apps and how to incorporate them into those already full lessons. Also, would love ideas for motivating students to practice.

  13. I think this sounds like a great magazine! I am always looking for creative ideas in teaching, group classes, recitals, repertoire, etc.

  14. My top ten:
    1. Holiday themed practice incentives with templates. : – )
    2. Reviews of new music that is current and relevant to teens (rather than standard method materials).
    3. A Dear Abby type column advising teachers and helping resolve specific problems. This section could also be called the piano teacher toolbox.
    4. A section reviewing new music apps.
    5. Ideas for simple music gifts/crafts that can be created inexpensively en masse as gifts for students.
    6. Motivational articles that can be passed on to studio parents.
    7. Funny/clever music comics or graphics that can be shared with students.
    8. Inspiring articles about successful young pianists who are making an impact on their community.
    9. Theory games.
    10. Lesson plans for group classes.

  15. Great repertoire for teen beginners, also adult beginners. How to structure lesson most effectively for the intermediate and above students.

  16. My studio is named “The Piano Bench” too! Love the idea of this magazine! Looking forward to reading through it.

    Can always use new ideas to involve parents (more than driving and paying for lessons). Would enjoy technique suggestions.

  17. As a way to reach out to youth, I think a feature that centers on teaching apps would be necessary. Not only an overview, but a breakdown of apps and demonstrate how they can help students learn. Sometimes apps are not used to their full potential, and it would be nice to see how they can be incorporated into instruction.

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