Ever heard of Tirana? Ever visited Tirana? I’m guessing not! But with one simple picture you’ll want to learn more. Here, check it out…
Tirana is the capital of Albania. Decades ago as it emerged from the grips of communism, Tirana was a corrupt, crime-ridden, gray, drab city… until an artist named Edi Rama was elected mayor.
It was then that everything changed. Edi Rama’s first order of business as mayor was to transform the lifeless city into a vibrant metropolis of color. Each gray soviet-era building became a colorful canvas that projected on the citizens feelings of hope, change, and energy.
And wouldn’t you know it, but crime decreased as did corruption! Tirana was transformed… with paint.
Does Your Studio Look Like A Soviet-Era Apartment Block?
If a little color can combat crime and corruption, imagine what it can do for your piano studio. Color is not trivial. The environment of your studio can have a profound affect on a piano student’s mood, feelings, and emotions.
Consider the fact that researchers have discovered that exposing people to the color red causes them to react with greater speed and force. Hmmm… I wonder if teachers with red studios are more likely to have pianos with broken keys? 🙂
In all seriousness though, it might be time to consider an extreme studio makeover if your piano studio leans towards gray, dull, and lifeless. Here are some potential colors and their corresponding affects to help you in the paint store (information taken from http://www.deeptrancenow.com/colortherapy.htm):
Red: warmth, energy, and stimulation
Orange: warm, cheering, non-constricting
Yellow: strengthens the nerves and the mind
Green: balance, harmony, soothing
Blue: cooling, electric
Purple: soothing and transformative
Why To WOW With Color
If nothing else, a bright, colorful, and energetic piano studio is unique. Uniqueness stimulates the mind, maximizing its potential to absorb new information. And who amongst us doesn’t want piano students who are primed to learn?
Color is one way of achieving uniqueness. So is your choice of lesson materials! All of the resources we create at Teach Piano Today are designed to inspire piano students with their creativity and novelty. And our newest project PianoBookClub is no different. With our third monthly book coming out next week, PianoBookClub’ers are continuing to fill their studios with the most exciting supplementary piano music ever written for children!