Teacher Feature

My Visit to The Piano Cottage

Last weekend, my hubby and I took a little trip to my hometown in Michigan to visit family. I also had the opportunity to meet up with a fellow piano teacher in Grand Rapids — Jody Deems-McCarger. I connected with Jody last fall through my blog, and then soon after had the opportunity to meet her in person when I gave a presentation to the local MTNA chapter in Grand Rapids last October.

Jody invited me over to chat and see her studio, so I took her up on her offer. I thought you might be as inspired as I was after seeing her charming studio, so I have some photos to share!

When Jody and her husband bought their home, behind their home was a stained-glass artist’s studio. After renovations, it became “The Piano Cottage:”

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When you step in the door, you’ll enter the cozy waiting room area. Here, students can warm up on a digital piano, relax on the chair, or admire the sticker chart on the wall.

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…or, draw artwork in this blank journal:


I love this idea! I love seeing students’ artwork. I’m going to check my local craft store for a blank hardcover book to put in my own waiting room…something like this one on Amazon.


Guess what else was in the waiting room: some completed lapbooks from my shop! Jody offered a music camp during the week of Spring Break, and they studied a composer each day.


Off from the waiting area, there are doors into two teaching studios, where Jody and the other instructors teach:


A closer view of Jody’s studio:
JDM's studio

It was so fun to see Jody’s charming studio and her about the adventures happening within The Piano Cottage.

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It kinda makes you wish you had your own piano cottage, eh? 🙂

studio outside

(Thanks for the inspiration, Jody!)

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9 thoughts on “My Visit to The Piano Cottage”

  1. Awesome! Everything is so cute and cozy– now I need to get a blank notebook for the waiting room. 🙂 Btw the fact that that you said “my hubby” just adds to the cuteness. 😉

  2. Oh my goodness!! What a wonderful studio, I admit I’m a little jealous. 😉 So beautiful. What a joy to teach every day there… and the artwork journal is such a great idea.

  3. Wow! This is truly amazing! I love the idea of the book for the student’s art. I’m going to do asap in my studio as well. Wonderful ideas!

  4. Wow! That is fun! What a grand idea, making the place so wonderous to children,
    especially. I think that’s part of keeping the enthusiasm. Very nice art work! Thank you.

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