I carefully removed everything inside and on top of the big cabinet that was holding my music hostage and had become too heavy and over-packed to open and use on any kind of regular basis. I stacked the music in piles all over my studio, then removed the contents of two junk drawers. Why does the process of organizing something feel like the very opposite? One has to blow it all apart in order to put it back together, and let's just say that it looked like a tornado blew through my studio.
And that was before I laid the unassembled pieces of the big bookshelf all around the remaining floor space in the studio, so that I could figure out what they were and begin the process of building this thing!
I have a lot of music, but even so, I figured that with twelve spacious cubes, I could fit all of it in six cubes or less, leaving six empty ones, in which I could place, say: a stylish vase, a decorative gourd, an empty pot, a statuette of a crane, or a framed picture of my kids…It would look something like this.
HAH! My music took up nine cubes! And the remaining three filled fast, with the gold prize box for my students, music tote bags, and a basket full of things like stand lights, folding music stands, etc.
But no matter. I love it! And now I have a new answer for when a young student asks, "What comes after the Suzuki books?"
This! (The Suzuki books are actually on my desk, not in here!)
I did take the advice many of you offered and found magazine files for things like "gig music" or "duets" or "notes from pedagogy classes."
I have to say, this is the best investment of time and money that I've made for myself in a long time. I feel like I have a completely new studio, like I actually moved into a new physical space! With all the music alphabetized and so easy to pull out (or put back in), the possibilities seem greatly expanded. What do I feel like practicing today? I can pull it right out. And the same goes for my students: if we want a different solo piece, or a duet to play with a friend, we can pull out three or four pieces and take a look.Tweet
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