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

Apps, Tech Tuesdays


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!


  1. Tiffiny

    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. Coila Robinson

    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. Margaret Fontiveors

    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. Mala

    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. Lavinia Livingston

    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. MrsLorrie

    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. Cara Shimizu

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

  8. Geri Miller

    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. Jennifer-Anne Creekmore

    Incentive ideas
    Recital ideas/themes
    Recital food/snack ideas
    Giveaways are always good too!

  10. Julie Crist

    Would love to see articles on recital ideas and practice incentives.

  11. Karla Conner

    Would love to see ideas on how to encourage students to play faster and not to take each song so slow.

  12. Robbin

    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.

  13. Diane Conway

    I’d like to see some off the bench activities for older students, level 2 and up

  14. Anna Fagan

    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!

  15. Coo Jarvis

    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.

  16. Penny Lazarus

    Communication ideas between teachers and parents…how to blog so that parents will read!

  17. Beth

    Take any lead-sheet & play 3 different LH accomps. Feature Christmas carols @ Christmas.

  18. Kerry Drombosky

    I’d love to read about using technology in our studios- not just iPad apps, but audio recording, video recording, using YouTube, using power point, Movie Maker, etc.

  19. Carla

    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.

  20. Kitty

    Ideas on developing reading skills with the older beginner would be great.

  21. Jeannie

    Great idea!

  22. crytting2012

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

  23. leia12

    Please enter me! Topics of interest:
    – composing with students
    – how to help students’ rhythm
    – ideas for theory games

  24. Christine Bookman

    Technology, group lesson ideas, practice incentives, creating and using visuals

  25. Heather Byars

    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.

  26. Betsy

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

  27. Stacey

    What a great idea for a magazine! In addition to everyone else’s ideas, I’d really love some ideas on transfer students and older beginners.

  28. Debbie

    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.

  29. Brad

    always looking for new ideas

  30. Allison

    Very needed product!

  31. Helena

    How to keep teens practicing, technology, involving parents.

  32. Sue

    I’d love to see more ideas for teaching boys, teaching the really young and practice motivation.
    Actually any ideas are appreciated.

  33. Rhoda

    I am always looking for ways to improve

  34. Teresa

    Always looking for group lesson ideas

  35. Mark Hodges

    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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