D’Net Layton has taught piano for fifteen years, and voice for 10 years. She earned a Bachelors degree in Choral Music Education from Northern Arizona University in 1995. After graduation, D’Net taught chorus at the Junior High level and elementary general music. After taking a year off teaching in the public schools when her daughter was born, D’Net taught music, show choir, and drama at Eagleridge, an enrichment program for home schooled students offered by the Mesa School district.

Upon the addition of three more children to her family, D’Net devoted her time to her children and teaching privately in her home. She currently has a large studio of piano and voice students.

In addition to teaching piano and voice lessons, D’Net is also actively involved in her church. She is the director for the children’s music time, and often plays the organ and accompanies soloists.

In her free time, D’Net enjoys playing with her children and scrapbooking.

50 Responses

  1. I am impressed with your website. Great work. One question – how did you get permission to use the Eoyore character? Isn’t it copyrighted?

  2. Hi D’Net, I found out about your web site through the piano teacher’s forum. It is a very interesting web site. I have been teaching piano for over 25 year and published the I Can Do It! Piano Book, First Book of Favorite Songs. You can see it at http://www.kapokpress.com. I think it might interest you because it teaches easy songs to beginners in a friendly, non-stressful format.. It is developed for use with beginners, before they learn to read notation. I would be happy to send you a complementary copy to try out with a beginner.
    Thank you for your hard work on this site.
    Warm regards,
    Christine Bemko Kril, NCTM

  3. Your hard work is GREATLY appreciated. I teach HS general music with several students who have never seen music or played instruments, and these games and resources are really great. Surprisingly, the students even at the HS level enjoy them! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

  4. D’Net, I just found your site and I am so grateful and excited to use some of your great game and flashcard ideas with my students. I am just starting to teach piano lessons in Southern Utah. I am LDS as well and love your simplified versions of the Primary songs. Thank you so much for your sharing your creativity and talent!
    Do you have any books that you would suggest I read to help me in starting to teach piano? By chance do you know of any piano teachers here in the St. George area that would be good for me to continue learning with? Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated! My dream would be to one day have a studio like yours but I have a lot of learning to do myself. If you have any suggestions on where to get started I would love it. Thanks Lindsey

  5. D’Net, I’ve been a subscriber and admirer of your site for a while. I really like the straight forward way your information is presented. I thought I would let you know that I’ve added you to the list of links from my website (howtopractise.com) and will also be doing a small write up on this site for my front page in the near future. In the meantime please have a look at my site – if you find it useful perhaps you’d like to add it to your blogroll 🙂

  6. Thanks for the kind words! I had a great time poking around your website – what a treasure trove it is! Now to apply what I read there… 🙂

    I have added you to the blog roll, and thanks for doing the same for me.


  7. Hello there,
    You have a very helpful and useful site! I will definitely be looking at it more closely for ideas and helps here and there as I teach my piano lessons! I have created “The Piano Staff” as a place where music professionals can connect with others to share anything that goes on in their music world! It just seems like maybe you might be interested in something like this. 🙂 I encourage you to join and begin sharing right away. You can post anything to your page that you think would be a help or inspiration to other music teachers! It is very interesting to get to know other professionals in our industry and glean from the wealth of knowledge that comes from years of teaching! I think you would enjoy the site, and we definitely would enjoy hearing your perspective and getting to know your musical successes! Hope to see you as a member of the Piano Staff soon! To join, follow the link below!

  8. Hi. I just want you to know I’ve used so many great ideas from your site, and appreciate all the hard work you’ve put into this page. Just wondering why I can no longer access your primary page? All that comes up is “Primary page” and I have been using your simplified songs for my students, but now can’t get to them. I will be happy to make a donation so they are available. Thanks for your help. I even had your page bookmarked but the page with “flip charts, simplified songs,” etc. no longer comes up.
    Ruth Ellis

  9. Hi, Ruth! My webpage, obviously, is having serious issues, and I can’t figure out what is wrong or how to fix it. So, I am rebuilding my website using a webdesign program that is current, instead of the 10 year old program I was using. Unfortunately, the learning curve is very steep. I am working on it, though, and hope to have it up and going again soon.

    Thanks for your patience!

  10. This is a really nice site, cleanly designed and organized, lots of great info. Kudos!

  11. Hi D’net,
    I just wanted to let you know that your primary page link goes to a different website for some reason. a few other people mentioned it at the primusic website, so i tried to go to your site by clicking on my favorites, and i had the same problem. i googled your site and it still went to the wrong site. then I tried this site, and it worked, so that is why I’m writing you on this site. You may already be aware of this problem, but i decided to write you just in case you didn’t know about it. There are many of us who just love your primary page! thank you for all of your time and efforts to help all of us.
    Linda in Louisville

  12. Very nice resources for music teachers! I thought I might add an interesting resource.

    Dan T, owner of Music Treasures Co., based in Richmond, VA has started a Music Resources Blog that has some interesting stories and tips for music educators.

    Look at his blog at http://music-resources.musictreasures.com for more information!

    – Ken

  13. I’ve recently been checking out your website and I think you’ve got some really quality stuff on there, I own a similiar music website and was wondering if you would like to be involved in a series of blogroll exchanges I am conducting this summer. By placing each other on our blogroll lists we will boost traffic to our sites, it only takes a fews seconds. Please contact me if you are interested.

    Kind regards


  14. Hi D’Net,
    Just letting you know from Sydney, Australia that my LDS piano students are LOVING your primary song arrangements. They are a perfect ‘little extra’ for them to have alongside their method books, and most play the songs in their FHE’s much to their family’s delight.
    Thanks for all the hard work you do. Hope you and your family are well.
    Di Denley

  15. Hi D’Net!

    Hope you’re doing well. I’ve been scouring your blog and can’t find a particular printable sheet. Aren’t you the one who created the finger number pattern cards? I am hoping to use them with my students this year, but I can’t seem to track them down. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


  16. Great website ! so many useful resources and info.
    thanks for sharing, I’m looking fwd to explore some more…

    Dror Perl
    Facebook: Piano Teacher’s Lounge

  17. Hi, I just came across your blog. I am a piano teacher and find it very useful, good work! I was wondering, can you add my music teaching blog http://www.musicmemos.com to your blogroll? Thanks!!

  18. I have just discovered your website and it’s great!
    The bass clef A (A3) is a little messed up on your note name flash cards.

  19. Wow, nice!

  20. Hello! I am a piano and voice teacher from India and I just discovered your site. Absolutely love it! What great ideas and resources! Thank you.

  21. how do I get in touch with you. My number is 801 295 9802

  22. Thank you very much for great ideas! Your fantastic games and resources will be used in my music classes in Riga, Latvia. thank you so much for sharing!!! http://www.isriga.lv

  23. How can I buy a rhythm flash card package?

  24. Would it be possible for me to have the Word version of the assignment sheets with the composer notes so that I can plan ahead and use them as an electronic template for lesson plans?

  25. Hi there!

    I loved your website and wanted to send you an email about it but I couldn’t find your contact email anywhere. If you send me an email at david.row@kckps.org I’d love to send you one back to chat a bit.


  26. Hi D’Net–I just now found your blog after visiting Pianimation! It looks fantastic and very enjoyable to read. Are you still updating your blog or maybe you switched to a new website? I hope I haven’t arrived too late!

  27. Hey man, where are you, why you stopped writing a blog. It’s a really good one. Hope you will be back soon.

  28. Come back with new posts please! 🙂

  29. I’ve created lots of free resources for sharing multicultural music with children.  Please stop by and check out my site.  Especially the contests and freebies at: http://www.dariamusic.com/monthly_song.php
    All The Best,

  30. My kids love your primary songs, but the page doesn’t seem to be working today. Would love to be able to access them again!

  31. I have used and loved this site for several years as a piano teacher. I tried to print some simplified primary songs this morning, and the computer says “page not found”… Have these songs been moved?

  32. D’net, I would love to get in touch with you. I live very near you. emollenhauer@gmail.com

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  34. Thank you so much for great resources! I have just started teaching year 8 general music in a (very) mixed ability class, and your flashcards and games will be very handy.
    Thanks again.

  35. I am looking for a simplified version of He Sen His Son. Would you happen to have one?

  36. Awesome website with great resources! Would you be willing to add TakeLessons as an helpful additional resource for piano students?

  37. I love your simplified Primary songs. I have found them very helpful for my students. It makes them feel accomplished because they know the songs and can play for FHE. I tried to access them recently with no success. Hopefully this can be resolved as you have a very successful item and our children/students are benefiting from your amazing work! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  38. We would love to access the piano primary songs but the link is not working. Thank you

  39. I have used your simplified Primary songs in the past and my students love playing them. On trying to access them today, the link is not working. I hope this can be fixed and we once again have the privilege of using your simplified arrangements.

  40. I just discovered your website and love it! I just printed off your pentascale sheet that groups them into 4 groups. I was wondering if you or anyone might be able to explain the last group “chocolate killer B’s”? I’m not sure if I am understanding the analogy and how to explain it to my students. 🙂

  41. Is the Primary page link broken?

  42. how do I purchase this product?

  43. i’m trying to click on your Christmas songs and I get a page of computer jargon!! Anything you know about that?? I see many of the posts here are several years old so don’t even know if you will read this or even if you are still blogging.
    But you have provided many teachers with wonderful resources here. Thank you.

  44. May I share the composer cards?

    • Absolutely!

      • Are you still blogging? I found your site a few months ago and most articles are dated some years ago. But I am so grateful for your many resources….thank you!

        Alice Miller

        Lincoln Nebraska


  45. Hello,
    I was wondering if Piano is Fun is still avaible for purchase? Also, is it possible to use it with multiple students in a public school setting or do you purchase one per student (there are about 150 students in my program)? I am trying to come up affordable and quality music theory games that I know my students will enjoy playing online since we cannot teach face to face in the classroom.

    • It has been some time, but last time I looked it didn’t seem to be available anymore. It’s a pity – it’s such a great hit with my students.

      • Thank you for your response. That is a pitty. I actually purchased it years ago (and I still have it) but I have always used it in a smal, private studio setting. I am not sure if there is a limit to the number of students that are allowed to use it…do you happen to know? I currently teach choir and want to use it for my choir students (around 150), but I don’t know if I can legally use it for that many students. I know many software programs have lab packs that you purchase for educational settings that limit the number of student users. If you happen to know or know who I can contact to get permission, I would really appreciate any assistance.

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