So I missed an item in my fall purchases post. An old school metronome. You know, the kind music teachers used at piano lessons way back when; where you can actually see the pendulum swinging back and forth....and when the metronome wound down, the annoying little bell would ding on every 5th or 6th tick (even when the metronome wasn't set to the 'bell' option)...which meant the metronome would be dying and I would have to play my songs slow practice drill style with that darn bell dinging for what seemed like forever.... before my piano teacher would finally wind up the metronome again and relieve me from my agony.
Now I plan to do the same with my piano students! Hey, what you accept, you teach.
My dream piano
A Steinway & Sons Concert Grand Model D piano. So dramatic, so majestic. My last piano teacher Mrs. L had this prized piano in her living room; actually the living room was built to accommodate the piano, surrounded by mirrored walls. Mrs. L went to New York, picked out the piano, had it shipped to Canada (probably for a small fortune) and it has since become the envy of her colleagues, students and former students (myself included). Mrs. L had two more baby grand pianos sitting side by side in her basement studio (not Steinways of course but acceptable [cheaper] brands suitable for teaching and lessons) and another baby grand piano at her cottage.
I was privileged to be able to play on the Steinway a few times during the three years I took lessons from Mrs. L. She said that once when famed Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt came to give a concert in our city, Ms Hewitt actually practiced her repertoire at Mrs. L's house that afternoon on the Steinway, as she favored it over the lowly Yamaha that was all nicely set up for her at the concert hall. Standards must be well maintained.