This little bag (about A5 size) comes to all the piano lessons that I teach.
And here is what lives inside:
- A pair of castanets – for rhythm work
- Some coloured pencils – for livening up notes in the practice books
- Post it notes – for sticking temporary notes on the actual music pages because certain students don’t read their practice books
- Small pair of folding scissors from a Chrsitmas cracker – for cutting up post-it notes to make “practice windows” (I’ll explain another time!)
- Stickers – for sticking
- Paul Harris Practice Starters – I use them as lesson starters
- Dice – because you need them for some of the Practice Starters
- Combined pencil sharpener and rubber, the type that collects the sharpenings (the red thing that looks like a rocket)
- My favourite pencil – a wooden barrelled propelling pencil with a soft lead
- A spare lead pencil “in case”
- a glue stick – for sticking in bits of music or whatever.
- blu-tac – not shown, because I have used the last little bit. I keep a small lump of it stuck into a corner of the pencil case.
The music underneath is there to show scale. My life has been SO MUCH simpler since I gathered this all up into a little bag. There is room for a metronome and a packet of tissues as well.
If you, too, are the sort of teacher who teaches here there and everywhere, I strongly recommend gathering these bits and pieces into one little bag.