Well… our mention of creating a Piano Studio Mascot in our post “My Piano is Naked Without These 4 Items” resulted in a steady stream of emails begging for more details! And for every person who made a point of emailing, I’m sure there were 3 who didn’t have the time to do so… so today’s post is all about how to create and use a piano studio mascot.
“I Missed Something… What’s a Piano Studio Mascot?”
A piano studio mascot is a stuffed toy that goes home with one of your piano students each week. This stuffy becomes their “practice buddy” as he keeps them company on their piano for the 6 days before their next piano lesson. The mascot travels with a special practice log where students record information about their home practice. When the mascot is returned at the following lesson, he is then passed onto another student along with the log. Students love this “breath of fresh air” to their practice routine and they really like to look back and read their peers’ entries in the log (and compare practice minutes!)
Here’s how to easily create and implement a piano studio mascot:
Choose your Creature
Our studio has “Treblesome Tiger”, but you can choose any critter and give him a clever name (one reader trying this idea wrote in to say she had created “Bravo Bobcat” as she lives in Arizona). Be a kid again and hit the toy store to find an appealing mascot!
Announce Your Mascot’s Arrival
The bigger deal you make of your mascot, the more excited your students will be when it is their turn to take him home. Make a display on your studio wall, announce it on your website, and put it in your newsletter. This year I’m even going to make a little iMovie about Treblesome Tiger so I can post it to be shared on Facebook. Create lots of hype and the payoffs will be larger. This is also “shareable news” as you can let all of your students know who has the mascot that week, share the previous students’ practice minutes etc. etc.
Create the Log Book
What you put in your Mascot Log book is up to you. I like to include a space for the student to tell a little bit about themselves, record what they did with their mascot (at the piano and away from the piano) and keep track of the minutes practiced each day with a grand total for the week. Put these sheets into a binder, and this becomes the log book. Decorate the front of the binder with an 8×10 photo of your mascot sitting on a piano or doing something equally musical. Make sure your Mascot’s name is on the front (it’s all about branding… even with these little studio activities you’re still generating word-of-mouth buzz).
Send him home!
Pick a first student to take him home whom you know will be very conscientious and who will get your log book off to a fabulous start. In fact, hand-pick the first few students so that the idea of the mascot catches on with families who will definitely remember to a) actually complete the activity, b) not let the family dog maul the mascot and c) remember to return him! I send the mascot home with students under the age of 11. It just seems to work best with young children.
Keep us in the loop!
We’d love to see your studio mascots! Tag us @teachpiantoday across all social media platforms us to let us know how you are making out with this new addition to your piano teaching studio and together we’ll bask in the glorious thing that is increased practice hours!
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