Set Up Your Home Practice Space
A place to focus on practice that is free from family traffic and distractions. Sounds like the perfect place to practice but is it so easy to find? Here are two examples of different spaces for your ideal home practice space.
Home Music Room
Do you have the luxury of a dedicated music room in your home? Outfit your room with a swivel office chair for your practice partner, wall mounted bluetooth speakers for listening to your Suzuki recordings or your last recital and a cabinet to file and store your music. Include a wall hanger for your violin or viola so it's always ready to go! A white board is handy for reminders and tracking assignments. Keep hydrated with a water bottle. And for some finishing touches include a motivational poster and a graphic rug that echoes the keys on a piano. A bold red music stand and a potted plant add striking pops of color to an otherwise neutral room.
Shared Space Practice Corner
Do you practice in a shared space? Why not make it extra special with your favorite colors? First, make the perfect practice corner with folding instrument and music stands. Next, use a zippered music bag to contain all your music, shoulder rest and pencils. You'll find this portable bluetooth speaker handy to connect to the Suzuki recordings you have stored on a mobile device. Finally, add some fun items to make your practice area special--a foot chart rug, a colorful bead counter for repeats and a letter board for messages. The best part? When you are finished practicing everything can be hidden away in a big floor basket. It's a convenient practice space close to the family that doesn't take up a lot of room in your home.
Will you add some of these elements to your home practice space? Let me know in the comments below.
Violin/Viola Student Gift Guide 2019
Shopping for the student in your life? Just in time for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, here are my top picks:
Zin Zin Zin is an award-winning picture book that introduces the instruments of the orchestra.
This book is based on the true store of world class artist, Joshua Bell playing for tips in the subway. Another book about Joshua Bell is The Dance of the Violin also by author Kathy Stinson. Want more Joshua Bell? Here is his recording of the Mozart A Major Violin Concerto which is Suzuki Violin Book 9. On this recording you’ll also find more Mozart, Mendelssohn and Bruch Violin Concertos.
These are some of the best music posters I’ve seen. I’m trying to find room in my studio for this one. I know you’ll love Violin Fingering Chart and this one.
On the practical side invest in a sturdy music stand in a fun color. Or a colorful folding stand for music on the go.
I found some fun t-shirts for string players. I love the retro cool graphics. This one is good too. Be sure to click through for all the color options.
For the crafty kid pick up these scratch art music ornaments.
Need stocking stuffers? Musical themed jewelry, stickers, cookie cutters are all fun options.
And finally for the violist in your life, here are some gifts just for them: an alto clef poster, viola t-shirts, case tags and music bags (these items can be printed your selection of products) and finally, one of the only places I’ve ever seen alto clef jewelry. Click through all their jewelry offerings. They also have a great selection of jewelry for violinists as well.
Happy Shopping! Be sure to let me know what you bought in the comments below.