Student Art Books

Before I opened my studio, I always knew I wanted to have a student art book in the waiting room. Where the idea came from, I’m not sure. I know it wasn’t my original idea. The way I read blogs, I know someone else must have inspired me.

I bought a blank canvas sketchbook similar to this one at Michaels and had an artist friend decorate the cover. I didn’t have enough students at the time to hold a contest otherwise that would be fun. She asked what I wanted and I told her I trusted her to be creative. Isn’t she amazing?



This one has been full for a couple of years now. I sat down and had a look as I was planning to finally put out a new one.

I thought I would share some of my favorite entries as well as my new art book and individual art books I now use for inspiring and fostering creativity.

ARt by: My Students

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It was especially touching to come across a page like this for the first time, especially when it was written several years ago!


My New Art Books

After my GIML Course, I was inspired to have individual art books for my students – or at least a few to start with.

moleskin-journalCreative activities are included and encouraged in the Music Moves for Piano Keyboard Games books I’m using with two sets of siblings, before switching to the real instrument (I usually choose some of the top piano keyboard 2017 to practice on). Often they are simply using their imagination to draw a picture of the song.

I found these awesome thin, plain Moleskin Journals in a set of 3. They’re perfect. The cover is blank so each child can decorate their own cover as well.

Here, two sisters are spending a few minutes drawing their pictures for their “Three Blind Mice” and “Poor Blind Mice” pieces.


They also had a set in black, so I decided to purchase a pack for my studio-wide art book the kids like to draw in when waiting before or after lessons.


I just used a silver permanent marker to draw on the cover. They’re nice and slim so I’ll use a new one for each year.


Do you have any kind of a student art book in your studio? I look forward to hearing how you may incorporate similar ideas.


  • I recently discovered your site and have loved reading your posts! I’m interested in how you do lab time–what kinds of activities and how do you plan them for students? What materials do you need to provide for lab time (ipad, keyboard, earphones, etc.)? I’d love to know how you have lab activities that correspond with Piano Safari teaching. Thank you!

    • Hi, Cathrine,

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the site! That makes me happy. I do plan on writing a post in the near future regarding lab time. I’ll give you as much as I can now, though.I don’t arrange them to correspond specifically with one method. I just assign based on what concepts they’ve learned already. I both a desktop computer and an iPad although I use the desktop much more. I only like using programs that can track student progress and not many apps there allow for multiple student logins. Ningenius is one that does that I love. I use Music Learning Community (while it’s is outdated and pricey for the old-style, it offers the most variety of games and listening games and most of my younger students like it. I’ve not found a replacement thus far. I use Essentials of Music Theory for students that have been in lessons 3 or more years. I use 88 Piano Keys’ Get Inspired series as well as a couple of listening play lists I’ve put together on Pinterest when the student is caught up on other lab assignments. It’s developed over the years and will always continue to develop I’m sure. Keep an eye out for a post on all of this. I would expect it between April and June of this year.

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