I would consider myself to be an internet junkie – I’m always on Facebook and Twitter and I love to blog and read forums. The internet is my constant source of entertainment both piano and non-piano related. I’m quite content to pass these Canadian winter evenings with my mac computer warming my lap for me…and if I’m not stationary I’m linked in on my phone or ipad. So don’t ask me how I hadn’t stumbled upon Pinterest until about a week ago. Wow. I’m addicted.
Not only is Pinterest an online eye-candy supply, but it is also a welling spring of ideas easily modified to add excitement and innovation to piano lessons. I love the eclectic and bohemian feel to Pinterest where DIY ideas mingle side by side with technology, photography and a large dose of “cute”. Interested? (or should I say Pinterested?) Check out my latest finds:
8 Pinteresting Piano ideas…in no particular order:
1. Composition Starter Blocks: A fantastic way to get those creative juices flowing in your students. Roll the dice and then brainstorm how you could musically represent the two words that land face up (articulation, dynamics, tempo, range etc.) Come up with a short motive together and start creating!
2. Popsicle Flash Cards: Kids are so over the standard recipe-card flash cards. Pique their interest by making flash cards that look like these and make them really want to collect the correctly answered ones!
3. Musical Term/Symbol Flowers: A quick and easy craft to make and a great way to usher in a spring theme in your studio while sneaking in some theory!
4. Stickygram.com – do you use photos of your students for awards or incentive programs? Instantly make your instagram (iphone app) photos into magnets with this uber-cool site. The possibilities are endless!
5. Jango.com – I knew of this site before Pinterest, but I have to include it in this list because it’s just oh so useful. Choose any artist, enter their name and watch Jango create (and play) a playlist for you based on your artist preferences. Create perfectly picked background music for any of your music studio events. Classical and non classical music. Did I mention it is completely FREE!
6. All of you who run your piano studio from your home will appreciate this easy way to eliminate soap messes in your bathroom.
7. A great DIY idea for piano music shelves – use tension curtain rod holders to separate your music books into level/theme etc.
8. Use Lego to teach major and minor chord construction.
This is just the beginning. If you know Canada, you know our winters are long and I have a whole lot of Pinterest time ahead of me 🙂 If you’re on Pinterest and would like to continue to be up to date on the piano-related gems I find online, follow me by clicking here.