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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

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.…

Studio Name

Has anyone had issues with choosing a studio name? I just did a Google search for my chosen name, and there's nothing by that name coming up. Someone has a studio several hours drive away with that name, and there's also at least one in the US. Is a Google search all most of you do to prevent someone challenging your studio name? Google doesn't give you all you need for…

Relocating studio

Have any of you teachers ever relocated and started your teaching business from scratch in a new area? How did it go? What about moving just far enough that it alters the student base? I'm not planning on moving, but whenever I consider it, I wonder what the effect would be. I'd love to hear your experience and wisdom on the subject. I've just moved in the last few months, 20…

Setting up an in-home studio

I just moved and am building my studio from nothing again. For those who do an in-home studio, how do you set it up in your house? What kind of chairs do you use? I got folding chairs at Office Depot on the after Thanksgiving sale. I have ten of them. We have a formal living room and a family den. The studio is in my formal living room. When I…

Recruiting additional teachers

Those of you who have recruited multiple teachers for your studios - did you pay for their SMP training, or did you have them pay and just handle the administrative stuff? And what is your cut? I'm driving to lessons all over Northern Virginia, and in each area, I'm adding new students just by word of mouth. Unfortunately, traffic here is killing me. It could take 10 minutes to drive 5 miles or 30, which affects…

Controlling germs in studio

It's flu season so a parent asked me what I do in my music room to keep the piano and environment as germ-free as possible. What do you do and how would you answer this question? I keep hand sanitizer on the piano, and wipe the keys with Clorox wipes between students. I also credit for cancelled lessons due to illness. I have six kids of my own and someone…

Parent correcting child in lessons

I have a student who is coming to a shared lesson with two parent coaches (mom and step-dad). With three students and four parents, my space is quite crowded. How would you suggest I respond? Ask just one to attend, ask one to sit farther back? Or just carry on with both of them? Also, the step-dad is quick to correct the young man. At times I want to be the one to do the correction;…

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…

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