After moving from Northwest Ohio to Southeast Michigan in December of 2020, I had promised to give you a tour of my new studio space. Somehow, a year has already passed…but I’m finally delivering on that promise! Below is a photo tour as well as a video tour (scroll down to the end). I think it’s always fun to see other teachers’ piano studios, so I hope you’ll enjoy!Continue reading “Take a Tour of my Piano Studio! (2021)”
Hi there! Christmas Day is nearly upon us. Today, I thought I would make an update this flashback post to share what I gave my students this year. (You can skip down to the bottom of this post to see!)
Things to keep in mind: I don’t think it’s necessary to give your piano students gifts at Christmastime, but it’s a nice gesture if you feel so inspired! Some years, I’ve kept it pretty simple while other years I have felt inspired to take on a more time-intensive project. I hope you’ll enjoy browsing this post and perhaps gaining an idea or two to tuck away for the future!Continue reading “Christmas Gifts for Students, 2011-2020”
As shared in this post, my husband and I recently relocated from Bowling Green, Ohio to Saline, Michigan (outside Ann Arbor). I’m sure I’ll share a full tour of my new piano room, but for today, I wanted to share a simple solution I found to help remind my students to remove their shoes when they arrive.
My new piano room is carpeted, and it’s a light color. I didn’t always enforce the “shoes off” rule in my previous home, but I decided I wanted to be more consistent about that here. Even I follow this rule strictly myself.
The main way to achieve that is to train students from the first time they are at the studio. However, I thought it might be nice to also add a friendly reminder for them to see when they arrive.
This is the entryway area to my studio. Continue reading “Inviting Piano Students to Remove Their Shoes”
I just thought I’d share this idea my students and I are enjoying.
Some years back, I used to run an Etsy shop selling handcrafted items. Among the things I crafted, I used to make Christmas ornaments using Scrabble tiles. I still have a ton of tiles from games I purchased for $2 at the thrift store, now just waiting for a fun purpose.
Recently, I had the idea of putting out the tiles out in my studio. When students arrive early for their lessons or wait during a sibling’s lesson, I invite them to add a musical term or composer name to our crossword. They are loving this!
It’s fun to see how the crossword grows from week to week, and which music-related words they choose.
If you want to do this in your studio, all you need are a couple of Scrabble games (you can always sort out the tiles back out into separate games again afterwards) and some table space. I also put out a few music dictionaries, for word inspiration.
I’ll probably leave this out for a month or two, and then set it out again next year.
What other fun activity ideas have you used for your studio waiting room area?
By the way, here’s another use for Scrabble tiles in the studio:
In my game drawers, I also keep a black drawstring bag of Scrabble tiles containing only the letters of the musical alphabet. I use the tiles as a way for students to randomly choose a letter of the musical alphabet during games such as The Amazing Keyboard Race, or deciding which scale to play that day. Students can also sort the tiles onto the piano keys.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
This post is a long time coming. I haven’t been as active on my blog so far this year as I usually am, but I’m excited to finally have gotten these photos ready to share.
Earlier this year, I moved into a new space. I was looking for something that would allow for a more convenient layout for my studio being in my own home, and we found this wonderful old house to rent. Location-wise, it is still near my Perrysburg students, but it is actually closer for some of my original students in Bowling Green, which is where we first lived when my husband and I moved to Ohio.
I love old houses!
Look at what arrived in the mail recently! I love how our T-shirts turned out this year.
Since 2012, I’ve ordered studio T-shirts each summer as a gift for my students. It’s a fun way to show appreciation for being a part of my studio and build camaraderie among my students. And it’s good marketing, too.
Just for fun, here’s a peek at the designs from past years. Continue reading “2016 Studio T-Shirt”
During the 2016 MTNA conference a few weeks ago, I stayed with my dear friend, Susan Hong. During my visit, I took a few photos of her beautiful studio and she has given me permission to share them with you today!
Here is the entry way.
During my two-week break from teaching last month, I finished a project I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now. I initially saw the idea on Pinterest and was thrilled to finally find the materials I needed!
It’s wall art created using old 45 records! At a thrift store back home in Michigan, I found 45’s for sale priced at 6 for $1. I selected the ones with the most colorful labels.
You could also use standard-sized vinyl records for this project, but you would need a much larger wall space.
I hung the records using small Command hooks. Have you used them before for your walls? They are wonderful! No need to pound holes into your walls. I bought a package of the smallest sized clips, which are only appropriate for hanging light-weight things. They were perfect for this project.
The clips allow the records to easily slip into place, and I can even rearrange the order of the records if I want to. Using pencil and a tape measure, I marked out the places where I wanted to the hooks to go. I measured and re-measured and RE-measured to make sure that the clips were evenly spaced. 🙂
I love how it turned out! It adds color to my wall that I can enjoy every day from my teaching chair.
It was an inexpensive, fun project — and perfect for a music-themed room!
Since moving in June, I’ve been gradually getting my studio organized and arranged to my liking. It is a process!
I love having a tabletop surface nearby when I am teaching. I’ve been using a TV tray table for this purpose temporarily, with the hope that I would eventually find something that better suits the rest of the room:
I finally found that special “something”…!
It is an old typewriter stand. I found it at a furniture consignment shop for $60. Continue reading “Thrifty Find: Piano-side Table”
As promised, I have a few photos to share of my studio room with the piano moved in! (Previous post: Piano Studio Room Transformation)
But first, here are a few scary photos of my piano being moved. 🙂
Moving the piano out of the old house was a relatively simple process, but getting it into the new house was interesting. The piano movers decided the piano would not make it around the bend in the front entryway of the house, so we went around to the back of the house. The piano BARELY fit under the deck’s gutter system, but it made it!
I still need to shop for curtains, as well as a rug and chairs for the waiting room area (in front of the fireplace). I’m using the chairs you see below until I have the time to shop for something else.
I bought my rug from Menard’s and the desk and bookcases are from IKEA. I LOVE how everything looks so far! This room turned out far better than I expected. It is amazing what a little paint and elbow grease can do.
We still have plenty of boxes to unpack in the garage, but at least my studio looks put-together! 🙂