It's hard to explain in words the deep satisfaction these 176 keys surrounded by these four walls bring me. Having this piano studio--for teaching, practicing, someday, I hope, for rehearsing--is such a gift, and a gift not easily come by. When we were looking for places to rent we obviously had to consider the pianos and I almost gave up a few times and resigned myself to using only the upright and keeping my baby grand in storage. Finding a place that could accommodate both pianos (even if it meant sticking them in the dining room) that was also in our budget was really difficult. Finding a place that had a separate space for both pianos was nearing impossible. But we found the impossible and I appreciate it every single day.
Having a separate studio space within our home was important to me. It can be very distracting to practice and teach in a common area like the living room. I knew I might need to be flexible on this, and actually I wasn't sure until the day we moved in if the baby grand would even fit in the room I had in mind. The studio is basically a second bedroom on the main floor of our house and there's a semi-tight hallway the piano had to be wheeled through in order to make it in. The upright we knew would be easy but even with the legs off on the baby grand there was a possibility it wouldn't make it. Putting it in the living room was our backup plan.
Our piano movers were amazing, as they always are. I have so much respect and admiration for the gentle strength required of piano movers! The guys we hired were pretty sure the baby grand would fit when they took an initial look and sure enough, it glided right in like it was made for the space. The angles were just right. I may have squealed a little with glee and I shot up a prayer of thanks. I had been so nervous about this!
Now, almost three months later, the studio is set up and functional and I've been absolutely loving it. Both of these instruments mean so much to me. I grew up playing the baby grand and I bought the upright for myself after college when I moved to New York. They're both old (1913 and 1936) with ivory keys and they both have a beautiful sound. Also the acoustics in this room are lovely which I wasn't necessarily expecting. It's such a joy to play and teach here, with all of my books within arm's reach and Bach and Beethoven and St. Cecelia looking on. (Beethoven is above the upright and was handmade by a friend of my Dad's, the Bach family tree was something my Mom and I bought in Bach's hometown in Germany, and St. Cecelia--the patroness of music--is the stained glass on the windowsill and was given to me by my parents.)
By the way, for all of you who work from home or would like to someday work from home: having a professional and beautiful workspace has made such a difference for me and my business. I feel so confident bringing students into this room and teaching them music for an hour. Not that I didn't feel confident or professional when my piano was in the living room but having a designated work area with a closed door and minus the distraction of the rest of the home has been wonderful for me. I know I'm blessed and spoiled with this space!
Thanks for letting me share, friends.