Are you looking to spruce up your studio waiting area over the summer? It’s time to get rid of those photographs of that same old red rose on a keyboard and make the walls of your piano studio both beautiful and meaningful! Check out these ideas for making your studio shine with student achievements in a way that is fast, easy and inexpensive.
Our Students Are Stars
I love to keep track of all of our mini-concerts and theme recitals we have. Using a program like Publisher or Pages, I quickly create a cool looking poster, include the performers’ names and the date of the event, and then print and laminate it in 11×17 format. My studio walls are papered with colourful memories of all of our coffee shop nights and recitals.
Composer of the Month
Each month at our studio we choose a Composer of the Month (our students compose a new piece every month which is published using Finale). I take a photo of the student, and then their masterpiece and their “mugshot” are featured on our Composer of the Month wall. Other students love to see what their peers have composed (they always have some very inventive titles!), and it shows parents in the waiting area how much emphasis we place on student composing at our studio.
We regularly video and audio record our students as a reward for enthusiasm and effort in lessons. These students then have their name on display (think Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame style) on our walls with their “platinum record” or their music video poster.
Check Out What We’re Up To!
I always save a wall of the studio to display our latest practice incentive, project, upcoming event or theme. The students love to watch the back wall change each week and it makes it immediately apparent to anyone who comes into our studio that we are a fun place to be.
By changing the decorations on your studio walls to be student-centered you are creating a sense of community among your studio families. It is immediately apparent that you offer more than just the “same old, same old” piano lessons. It’s undeniable that you are fun and inventive, and people can’t help but notice the effort you put into your piano studio program. It’s win-win. Beautiful walls… happy clients.
Right now our studio wall features two activities from our “Shhh…Your Piano Teacher Thinks This is Practice” book. The fantastically fun, visual nature of this book makes it the perfect piano student activity to regularly display in your studio. With the ability to print unlimited copies *forever* your studio walls will never be bare again!