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#1 tangoallegro

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 12:30

I am currently renovating my teaching room at home. What items do you consider essential in your own teaching room?  For example, I have decided I should have a coat rack for my students to use, perhaps a mirror for posture.  Any suggestions appreciated! 


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#2 mel2

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 12:47

Reasonably comfy chair as dumping ground for bags/coats.
Also for parents to do knitting/snooze/send emails/do bank transfers.
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Posted 20 November 2019 - 15:00

This is what my mom uses:

 

A pen

A whiteboard

A notebook

A mirror

Chairs 

Books


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#4 Latin pianist

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 15:10

A box of tissues.
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Posted 20 November 2019 - 15:12

Oh and a folder to carry things in! 


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 15:38

I have over-door hooks for coats as it takes less room. Spare instruments/music for pupils who somehow forget them, despite the fact they only left the house for their music lesson?! Also, a suitable stand/flat surface for instruments that aren't being played. 

My music whiteboards are probably the most used item, other than the piano. And, if you are anything like me, several hundred pencils as you can never remember where you put them!


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 15:47

Small table on which my lesson folder sits, plus associated pens and pencils.


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 16:05

Metronome.


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 16:15

I highly recommend a sofa, if room permits, as it means a parent can sit comfortably and observe. I converted my piano room from a bedroom and as it's the first room inside my apartment, I have coat hooks in the hallway and a toilet for my pupils to use that was the en-suite bathroom. Perfect! 


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#10 Dr. Rogers

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 16:20

Lots of good suggestions in this thread.

 

I'll add one from personal experience: make sure there is sufficient lighting in your studio.

 

I had to upgrade my lighting, and also wound up buying a dedicated grand piano lamp that hooks onto the music desk.


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 17:54

A good supply of page markers and post-its. I write lesson notes on lined post-its when people forget their practice diaries as they as least have the merit of sticking to the music and not getting lost on the way home.


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 23:27

Some sort of audio recorder of reasonable quality.  


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 23:31

I am quite particular about this - I could probably write a book. Some years back I was lucky enough (after many years of saving and financial planning) to build my own custom made studio with waiting room. Good layout of a teaching room makes a big difference to the dynamics of a lesson. Apart from many points made by others above, I think that one of the most important things is lighting. Consider both day time and night time lighting.
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Posted 21 November 2019 - 12:58

I thought it wouldn't be long before the pretentious word 'studio' appeared in this thread.
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#15 Dr. Rogers

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 14:00

I thought it wouldn't be long before the pretentious word 'studio' appeared in this thread.

 

This may be a difference in usage between American and British English.  Here in the States, "studio" is just the term we use for a space set aside for musical or artistic purposes.  No pretension intended.


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