Do you have a furry studio companion? No, not that forgotten and molding gingerbread house in the corner… I mean a 4-legged friend who co-exists with you during your piano teaching hours. I’m betting that many (maybe even most!) of you share studio space with a special dog or cat.
When I taught from home, my small dog Mollie was a constant fixture in my piano teaching studio. She sighed contentedly in an upside-down sprawl in her basket beside the piano as I taught late into the evening, leaping up excitedly with every new student who came through the door. It was clear in her mind that her job was to greet and then escort each and every child from the front door to the piano bench. I used her as an incentive with my wiggly boys more than once (“Play this one more time and you can give Mollie a treat!”). “Where’s Mollie?” was the first question every child would ask if she happened to be out for a walk during lesson time. She quickly adapted to her role as “Studio Dog” to the point where she would come running whenever she heard the piano being played.
Teaching Piano From Home… It Just Feels Homey!
One of the greatest things about being a piano teacher from home is the authenticity of the experience. Your students know exactly who you are; your preference in decor, what you just cooked for dinner… who your special pets are. They form a deep connection with you that comes simply from seeing you in your home environment. This is something that I did miss when I eventually moved my studio from my home to a leased space. While I enjoyed the privacy, I did feel as though I had lost a bit of the down-home piano teacher charm.
We Want to Hear About Your Piano Studio Pets
Trevor and I said a very tearful goodbye to Mollie yesterday after her long battle with liver disease eventually took its toll. And among the memories we cried over, many of them were of her Studio Dog days. My feet will forever feel lonely now at the piano, but my heart is filled with the memories of the happiness she brought to my students for many years.
So, we need some serious cheering up. We want to hear about your piano studio pets. Tell us who shares your studio and why you love (or don’t love!) sharing your teaching time with them by leaving a comment below.