The Perfect Teaching Table

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

 

I purchased it initially from Walmart.com for $79, but it has also been available in the past on Amazon for $65.

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:

HomeGoodsCenter.com ($126)

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.

  1. It’s on wheels
  2. It has a nice size working surface (without being too big and bulky)
  3. It has a small drawer

Other things that are bonuses include:

  1. Space for hanging files
  2. 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!

 

2 Comments

  • In one of your photos, did I see what looks like a cardboard (or heavy paper) movable skeleton? That would be so helpful in showing students anatomy without freaking out the squeamish ones. If so, where did you get it?

    • Hi, Karen. Yes, you are correct, I have a moveable skeleton. It’s a paper cutout that’s attached at the joints with metal “fold-back” tabs (I’m not sure what they’re called). I’ve had it for years and am racking my brain trying to remember where I got it. I’m so sorry but I just cannot remember at the moment! If I happen to recall I will absolutely be sure and let you know.

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