Gift ideas for teachers. Piano teachers wish list.
Just received a dozen Blackwing 602 pencils. I bought them because they're what Stephen Sondheim uses and guess what? I LOVE THEM! Lovely to write with, dark enough to see but easy to erase with the attached eraser. Perfect pencil. Kids like them because the erasers make them look like little paintbrushes. I like the perfect balance and sexy color. Highly recommended.
Washi Tape is a wonderful teaching tool. Students of all ages enjoy using it. When things get tough during a lesson, I often pull it out to help refocus a student. "Should we put some tape on this passage?" It also gives a little break from working hard and provides a student choice and control over something creative and pleasant.
Teenagers like to use the tape to express the different emotions of a piece. This is a detail from Elissa Milne's first fabulous Pepperbox Jazz book.
Washi Tape helps makes a great practice check-off list. It's much more interesting to practice the "Green" section than measures 4 - 8!
White-out correction tape is a true blessing. I use it to change fingerings, notes, titles and anything else that suits my fancy. This is my current favorite. It works well and stays on the spool better than others.
I finally bought this laminator. I don't know why I waited so long! It's extremely easy-to-use and I find myself happily making things sturdier and shinier. It's useful for anything you want to keep around for a while.
This Canon Pixma Printer is the one I've been using for the past three years. I love it. It's a Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax. Who could ask for more?
Owl Stickers appeal to all ages. This pack of 216 stickers is a great value.
No list of mine would be complete without Japanese Puzzle Erasers. I use them constantly and the students never grow tired of them. This bulk package of 30 erasers is by far the cheapest way to purchase them.
These brightly colored highlighters from Staedtler were an new addition to the studio last year. They have a great chisel tip which writes both wide and narrow depending on which way you hold it. The kids LOVE them - especially having options like teal and magenta. They used them to decorate their music money envelopes. (Along with washi tape, of course.)
Ladybug Squeeze toys are just the right size to help shape pianist's hand to a healthy position.
Dover Little Activity Books are always a great value -usually less than $1.50. This Christmas Tree Sticker Book is packed with ornaments and traditional Christmas items.
I enjoy spending an afternoon making a jigsaw puzzle and watching the weather change over the Pacific Ocean. This one, The Old Book Store, is my favorite kind of puzzle. Lots of details and made by White Mountain - a reliably excellent company.
Slightly more advanced and absolutely delightful! Pepperbox Jazz is an essential in my studio.
The images in this calendar are dazzling. Flowers: A Universe Revealed. Each perfect image is paired with a quote - just enough inspiration for a month.
This just arrived for the corner above my computer. Sometimes I need a little Mary Engelbreit for encouragement and inspiration. Do you?
A few years ago I splurged and bought this piano lamp for my studio. I've never been as pleased with a purchase as I've been with this one. This beautiful lamp illuminates four pages at once, making everything completely clear and easy-to-read. It has made a real difference in my fatigue level and in the ability of my students to see the music clearly. Several of my students have bought the same lamp because they liked it so much at my studio. It's been especially helpful to my older adult students who sometimes struggle to see the notes on the page. Highly recommended.
Brightly-colored Post-Its are an indispensable part of my lessons. This is my favorite size and will cover a measure in most method books.
I used to buy these Stabilo pens one-at-a-time at the art supply store. I love them because they're so comfortable and easy to write with and they last forever. I recently discovered them in sets. My daughter uses hers to highlight her homework and my students use them to write their own assignments. Everyone agrees they're fabulous. (I even had to buy another set for my daughter's best friend!)
Multi-colored Highlighting Tape is a must. Use it to highlight trouble spots, or help with memorization. For more ideas see this post.
Erasable Highlighters are a new addition to my studio. I like to use them when I'm having my students highlight something themselves. That way if they make an error it's easy to change. And yes, they really DO erase!
Maybe because this is my first year as a dog owner, I found this Wet Dog Calendar absolutely hilarious. My dog, Charlie, isn't quite as unusual when he's wet as these doggies are, but maybe he'll make it in next year!
I adore vintage travel posters and this calendar from Cavallini has some of the most beautiful ones I've ever seen.
The EO Hand Sanitizer smells wonderful and does the trick for a quick blast of cleanliness after a mid-lesson sneeze or two. I find most hand sanitizer too drying and this is the best one I've found for everyday use.
I love this Coconut & Vanilla Lotion because I'm not allergic to it (and I'm allergic to almost everything) and it smells yummy.
Lavender Mrs. Meyer's soap smells great and I can always take a sniff of my student's hands to make sure they've really washed them! (I buy it in bulk now.) I like all the scents it comes in - even the ones with goofy names like Basel and Parsley.
My students enjoy these Colorful Silicone Cupcake Cases. I didn't know what I'd use them for when I originally bought them, but now I know! They're great for giving a student just a few of anything - Japanese Erasers, stickers - anything where you want a colorful option. They are also good fidget toys as it's nearly impossible to make any noise with them.
The Guinness Book World Records is the favorite waiting area book for all my students. They're kind of awful, but kids love the pictures and crazy things people do. The stories are short vignettes, so they can be picked up and easily put down. Great for a waiting area!
I like using a simple but complex puzzle like this Elephant Family Puzzle when I interview a new student. It gives me all kinds of opportunities to see how a prospective student reacts to a new challenge.