TPTsdsThe Piano Teacher was founded in 2011 to meet the increased demand for online resources for piano teachers in Australia and across the world. Powered by Hal Leonard Australia, TPT has grown from its modest beginnings (having less than 500 subscribers to now having over 3000) to becoming an invaluable resource for all piano teachers. The massive success of this resource was due to its founding editor, Gina Wake. Gina has consistently pulled together a range of voices and a spectrum of resources to help support Australian piano teachers in their delivery of excellence to the piano students of the world.

The Piano Teacher produces two magazines per year (free for subscribers), both in May and November – Sign up today and include your address so you get one in the mail (for Australian teachers only, sorry!)

A very special thank you to all the contributors, teachers, students and authors that have made The Piano Teacher what it is today. We have really enjoyed connecting with everyone, either at conferences, workshops, or on social media and are really excited about the years ahead!


Production Editor – Nathan Rippon


“I’m really lucky to work so closely within this community of piano teachers and educators. Piano teaching can be such an isolating business – we have no colleagues to compare notes, brainstorm ideas or make plans with. This is why I love being able to help teachers connect, either through The Piano Teacher website or magazine, or on social media – the changes we’re seeing in the piano teaching world are really inspiring!”

Nathan Rippon is the Marketing manager for Hal Leonard – the Australian arm of the world’s biggest music publisher. He holds a performance degree from the University of Newcastle majoring in Saxophone. He’s a dog lover and loves his wine (maybe too much) and is an avid crossfit fan…

Creative Editor – Carly McDonald


“As we enter the fifth year of The Piano Teacher, it is an exciting time to come on board as the Creative Editor! Meeting teachers at professional development events around the country (and online) has been a great way to hear what teachers are asking for! Being able to pull together valuable resources for teachers in The Piano Teacher is a privilege.”

Carly McDonald is a passionate music education and business professional. A life-long curiosity for small business and an entrepreneurial spirit led her to build her music studio, Novar Music Learning Centre in 2005. In addition to teaching over 40 piano students each week, she manages 14 music teachers in 5 locations across South Australia. As the author of Creative.Piano.Professional (www.creativepianoprofessional.com), Carly provides thought leadership in early music education and is a serving council member of the Music Teachers’ Association of South Australia. Carly is the Australian Ambassador for the Piano Adventures series by Randall and Nancy Faber, a freelance music education writer, and small business coach.