Have you ever experienced a feeling of giddy elation over finding the “perfect” (insert: piano, piece of office furniture, studio equipment, or teaching chair)?
It’s amazing how the physical things around us affect how we move and interact in our spaces.
When I first opened my studio I remember being on the hunt for MONTHS for the perfect piece of furniture to place next to the piano to help store all the items I liked to have within arms reach such as pens, stickers, teaching tools, etc.
The one I found (and still love after 9 years) is the Graphix Open Rolling File Cabinet, Graphite
Unfortunately in both places, at the time of this post, it’s unavailable. (Sorry, I didn’t share this sooner!) I did some searching though, and currently, you can get it here:
There are lots of options for this kind of thing out there, so here are a few things I love about mine you might consider as you search for YOUR perfect teaching table.
- It’s on wheels
- It has a nice size working surface (without being too big and bulky)
- It has a small drawer
Other things that are bonuses include:
- Space for hanging files
- Open space to place a drawer or sit items underneath
Take a Peak
Here’s how I’m using it in my studio currently.
Rather than keeping it next to the piano as I have for years, it now sits behind the grand piano. After I got a new desktop computer, I now use my old computer on it with a small monitor and keyboard.
At the end of each lesson, my student and I run through a quick verbal recap of what they’re going to be working on for the week while I quickly update each item in Tonara.
For some students especially, I think it’s been good for them actually see me entering their assignment into Tonara – it’s almost more solidifying.
In the bottom drawer of the cabinet, I keep technique manipulatives.
The space above it holds a portable drawer with other little teaching manipulatives and tools.
The file drawer houses things like stickers, scale charts, and staff paper.
Here’s a peek into past set-ups just for fun.
(This was when I had a keyboard next to my piano and I put this between.)
Sorry, it’s not a closeup, but I used to put a music stand behind the roller cabinet for papers and such for quite a while. It worked quite well for gaining extra space!
Do you have a favorite teaching table/cabinet you keep next to your piano? Share links in the comments so others can see!