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Piano Hygiene

Thought it might be worth sharing this advice about hygiene around the piano, from the Piano Technician's Guild (via Bernie's Music Land, who by the way, deserve support from any of our Victorian SM teachers) COVID-19 and Piano Care - https://www.ptg.org/covid-19 Orignial discussion started March 19, 2020

Two Pianos/Keyboards

Does anybody use 2 pianos/keyboards in their studio? I just landed a great deal on a 1983 hardly used Yamaha (made in Japan for the Canadian market so my piano tuner tells me it is is excellent!) so I currently have 2 Yamaha pianos in my very small studio. I want to hang onto my older one so I can reclaim it when one of my kids moves out and wants their own, so considering whether…

Cleaning Piano

Anyone taking measures to clean your piano keys more now with the Covid virus afoot? What do you use? Don't wanna damage my keys We are using the Norwex Enviro Cloth in our studio. Does it kill germs? yes better than Clorox wipes. The real…

Studio Setup

My husband said, "What do you want in this room for your piano studio?" Where do I start? In this day and age, also lots of electrical outlets. And a whiteboard - easel style or one that can be mounted onto a wall (or even a section of wall painted with whiteboard paint). I would start with your piano and work your way out from that.…

Recording Students

What is the easiest way to record students? Does the voice memo that comes on my iPhone work (i.e. can I save them in files on my computer for when I apply for my certified teacher status) or is there a better way? Is there an app that I can use? (Preferably free?) I believe the voice memo won't work on your phone. It didn't on mine but I have a…

Acoustic differences between carpet and hard flooring

We are blessed to be replacing our very old carpet with hardwood flooring in the next week. I have an upright piano on wheels, and wondered if there are any sound/acoustic considerations to think about. We don't plan to put a rug under it. What's the size of the room? I have an upright piano in my living room (approximately 19 x 13) with hardwood floors and all is fine. But…

Buying a used piano

I recently did quite a bit of research on pianos before buying one for my home. I have a friend who sells and reconditions pianos who encouraged me to find out for myself before buying. One of the very best piano brands out there is Yamaha and the best deal is on the used Yamahas imported from Japan. But there is some very misleading information out there about used Yamahas that are not built for a…

iPad or Android

I hope to get a tablet soon, and I want one that: is large enough and high enough resolution to easily view a full page of music, has a reliable app for displaying sheet music, including marking it up, and maximizes value for the price. I’m sure once I have it, I’ll discover many more uses–lesson plans and class notes, perhaps replacing my binder and whiteboard; rhythm or pitch games; note-writing; etc. What size do I need to…

iPad app for keeping students notes

Hi All, just wondering if anyone can recommend an app for the iPad to keep weekly notes for 40+ students. I don’t use an ipad app, but I’ve found Workflowy to be an invaluable tool for keeping notes on my 14 students, as well as notes on teaching all of the various pieces that I go back to again and again. Go to workflowy.com to set up a free account and see how…

Garage Band (or equivalent)

I’ve seen Laurie mention Garage Band a few times, and there are probably others who use it or similar programs. I’ve looked into the programs a little and can see that they’re very powerful, but I’m a traditionally trained teacher and also a brand new tablet owner. Help me wrap my mind around the possibilities. How do you use a program like this in your studio? What sorts of activities do you do? How exactly do…

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