I moved to a new teaching studio this past fall where I am now able to teach alongside a good friend from graduate school. It is nice to share a teaching space with others who share similar teaching philosophies and a passion for teaching piano. My colleague runs all of the business aspects (tuition, scheduling, etc.) and I just get to teach, which is the best part! I thought you might enjoy seeing what our teaching space looks like. We are in a shopping center that includes other business such as a tailor, optometrist, florist, and nail salon. The space was already built out, so we didn’t get to choose the exact layout, but it works pretty well for us, take a look!
These first two photos show my teaching studio, looking from opposite corners. I have a desk, a piano (or course), a bookshelf, and an extra chair if a parent wants to sit in on a lesson. There is enough floor space that I can sit on the floor with a student for various activities if needed.
This is a second teaching studio, along with our wireless printer and computer.
Here is the main front room. This is where my colleague, Julia, teaches most of the time. We also have an extensive music library and keep many method books on hand so we can give them to a student immediately when needed.
The picture below is looking at the opposite wall in the front room. We have 6 digital pianos that we can use for group classes and camps. Students also can warm up on the digital pianos if they arrive early for lessons. Most of our students are in the habit of immediately sitting down and putting headphones on to practice when they arrive for lessons. We also have a document reader and projector. There are two chairs in the corner that parents can sit in while waiting for their child.
This is a third teaching studio, used mostly for voice lessons. When not in use, students can sit at the counter to do homework.
There’s a little kitchenette in the hallway and we invite parents to make a cup of coffee to enjoy while they wait.
Here’s a view of the hallway, we have a little couch for waiting and also a table that students can use for homework.
We probably have about 120-150 students come through the studio each week. It’s a lot of fun for students to see friends from school and make new piano friends at the studio. I hope you enjoying getting a glimpse of where I teach!
Spring Seals, NCTM, teaches 60 piano students ranging from age 3 to 70 in Fort Worth, Texas. She also serves as the Director of Certification for TMTA. She is passionate about helping teachers become more effective in their studios through professional development, new resources, and fresh ideas.