A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Kansas Music Teachers Association’s annual summer conference. At our first lunch session, we were given discussion prompts to encourage conversation with colleagues at our tables. One topic was particularly fun, so I thought I’d share it here:
What is the most useful or unusual item in your studio?
Most of my table came up with something useful. My brain went immediately to “unusual,” (which is probably not a surprise to you if you’ve followed this blog for any length of time. :)).
Anyone want to guess what this “most unusual” item from my studio is?
If you guessed “big yellow shower poof”, you’re correct! Standard equipment in any music studio, right?!?
I ran across this at a Walgreens store, on a spring break trip to Florida a couple of years ago. It’s turned out to be the one of the best 49-cent investments I’ve ever made. I keep it on a shelf by my piano, within easy arm’s reach of where I sit. It works magic on students with wiggly hands (the kind of hands that are prone to “doodling” on the keys). Whenever we reach a point in a lesson where I need a student to take their fingers off the keyboard and concentrate on listening, I can hand them the poof to keep their fingers occupied, and provide an outlet for their wiggly energy. That little bit of tactile stimulation can make a BIG difference in their ability to engage in conversation, or listen and watch as I demonstrate something.
I’m curious to know… what’s the most unusual or useful item in your studio? If you’ve got something fun and unique, please leave a comment and share!