Joy, over at Color in My Piano, started a great conversation about pianos and teaching spaces. I have enjoyed seeing photos of instruments and studios on many of my favorite blogs. So, I thought I would join in the show-and-tell!
Here is a shot of my “studio” (aka: one side of my living room in a small San Francisco apartment):
My piano is a Seiler upright, which was a gift from my parents when I graduated from Conservatory. We found it at the San Francisco Opera’s annual piano sale. Each year, the opera sells pianos that were used in practice rooms at the Opera House. I don’t know if many other organizations do such a thing, but here in San Francisco it is a great opportunity to find a gently used high quality instrument.
While I love my cozy corner, I dream of someday having a space devoted completely to teaching. That bookshelf you see on the left is overflowing with music (another bookshelf full of orchestral scores is on the other side of the room), and the little shelf on the right no longer holds all of my piano CDs which I like to have on hand to loan out to students. My current space also doesn’t allow for any sort of group lessons or studio class—something I would really like to offer in the future.
The good news is that in the meantime, I am blessed with a beautiful piano and very patient neighbors!