A couple of weekends ago, I attended a fantastic Piano Pedagogy Seminar at Ohio University. The featured clinician was Dr. Peter Mack — an Irishman from Seattle who is a fantastic teacher with a wonderful sense of humor.
During one of the sessions, Dr. Mack told us that in his studio there are lots of teddy bears and dolls, as well as masks on the walls. He told us that it was so that his students would always feel that they had an audience to play for. Can you imagine having all those eyes watching you during a piano lesson? haha!
While I’m not particularly interested in using masks or teddy bears to decorate my studio, I am interested in getting my students to listen to themselves more and play as if an audience is listening. :) Thus, I created this silly little prop. What do you think?!
I call it my “Jar of Eyes” or my “Audience in a Bottle.” :) I haven’t used it on any unsuspecting students yet, but I anticipate it will be highly effective to bring out the next time I think a student could use a reminder to play as if an audience is listening/watching. ;)
I bought the little glass jar (it is only about 2.5 inches in diameter) at Hobby Lobby some time back for about $2. I already had all those different craft eyes in my bin of craft supplies. If you’d like to create your own jar of eyes, I’m sure you can find various sizes of googly eyes at any craft store.