Updated: Dec 15, 2020
Creating an environment for discipline, creativity, and learning is essential for anyones ability to grow and develop. Here is what I recommend for creating the space for young piano students.
Why do we need a music space? Practice.
Though the lessons will teach the students the fundamental skills needed in music, practicing at home is vitally important for the progression of their abilities and their self-confidence when attending their next lesson. Without practice, there is no progression. As Suzuki says "When you compare someone who practices five minutes a day with someone who practices three hours a day, even though both learners my be practicing daily without fail, the difference between them is enormous. (Nurtured by Love-Shin'ichi Suzuki)" Suzuki is not the only one to associate time spent nurturing a craft to success with it. “Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good. (Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell)” Without the space to do the practice (or the instrument), the player will not be successful. Period. So create the space, create the right environment to nurture practice, and watch the music grow.
How do I create a music space?
Here are some basic rules for creating a music space:
Choose a quiet place away from noise and distractions to put the piano.
Make sure there is no clutter or furniture in the way of the piano.
Create a space for books that is to the side of the piano (or on the piano bench)
Have a properly working music stand
Make sure there is enough lighting
Make sure there is a space for pencils and erasers
Following these basic rules will help begin to create a beautiful space for music to grow.
How do I live my extra life through my music space?
If you are that over-achieving A student that wants to create the BEST music space here are some suggestions:
Give the piano it's own room. Decorate accordingly.
Have pencils and art supplies specifically to be used on sheet music.
Have a recording device handy for all of those brilliant improvisations.
Create some optional stage lighting for when you want to pretend you're in the theatre. Spotlights are heavy, disco balls give the same atmosphere
Have a space for your "audience" such as a couch, beanbag chair, chaise lounge, or doggie bed if your viewers are of the canine species.
Got any more ideas?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!