Some of you may be wondering, "Where have I seen this piano before?"
You guessed it! It is our very own Joanna Gaines' family piano! If you love her as much as I do, you probably adore this piano and are already consumed with Pinterest boards on "DIY How to Paint and Decorate Your Piano." Trust me, I've been doing it all throughout quarantine! Although you may see a pretty piano perfectly decorated, I see a piano with perfect lighting, a lot of space, and, knowing Joanna, there is definitely some sort of storage/organization.
Anyway, the point of this post is how to create a safe and effective learning environment in the comfort of your own home. Here are four solid tips!
#1: SPACE. Having room to stretch, move around, and having room to explore the piano is essential to independent learning! It gives students the room to grow, ask questions, and take a break when they need it.
#2: LIGHT. I cannot express enough how the quality of light in a room can effect practice! A dark room can make you feel tired, especially when staring at sheet music. If the room you practice in is warm in lighting, put an extra lamp in there to brighten it up a bit!
#3: STORAGE & ORGANIZATION. A place to store your books and other musical belongings (sheet music, other books, worksheets, work books, etc.) helps with easy access, keeping your child/student on task, and gives them options on what to practice--the more the merrier! So if you are one to search your entire house for a lost piano book, this one's for you! Although, you must make sure everything has a designated place to be returned to (:
#4: RESOURCES. This is sort of an add on to Storage & Organization. It is helpful to have certain items at hand to help you succeed at learning an instrument. Such as a notebook, pencil/highlighter, book mark, flash cards, and a metronome!
So, if your piano room needs an update, I definitely recommend these 4 tips!