What is in your music room?
My partner and I are in the process of buying a house, today we had an offer accepted, which is really exciting.
Obviously, I’m now thinking about rooms, space, purpose etc. The smallest bedroom will be my study/music room for the time being, with a potential space for a piano downstairs.
What’s in your music room? I’m intrigued to know what people tend to keep in them.
I use my bedroom... so imagine all the stuff a teen keeps in their bedroom. I have scores of the Bruch g minor, Mendelssohn E minor, Wieniawski 2, Paganini’s Caprices (24 is the only one marked up), Sarasate Zig and Intro and Tarantelle, Beethoven Spring Sonata, Vieuxtemps 5 (Henle), Bach Sonatas and Partitas, Tchaikovsky Meditation, and other stuff I can’t remember atm (I am not home).
Same as Mike haha. All the stuff a young guy would have in my bedroom. Plus several instruments and loads of sheet music for various pieces for a variety of instruments
I currently try and make my practice space a place that is comfortable, but not too comfortable. I have a full length mirror, a place to sit, good lighting, some plants and a computer that I can do video calls on.
You can double such a practice room as your library, i.e., line the walls with bookshelves. It can then also serve as sound insulation. Because you want a dry sound in your practice room.
I'm in a 2 bedroom apartment. I play in the living room so my music stand is by the edge of the floor to the kitchen. I need some better place for my stack of music which sits on the passthrough to the kitchen along with my rosin, shoulder rest and other accoutrements. My instrument case is on the love seat.
My music room occupies much of my basement. It has a grand piano, proper musician posture chairs for a quartet, six music stands, bookshelves and storage for music, CD shelves, a full L-shaped desk plus desk chair, an additional full-sized table (used to be a dining table in my post-college apartment), a small laptop table plus a laptop that's a permanent "Zoom station" now, tripod-mounted webcam, tripod for a smartphone, tablet stand, microphone stand, stand for a ring light, a reclining chair and ottoman, other spare chairs, a giant full-length double-width standing mirror, and a bunch of miscellaneous Lego.
My music room is also my home office, so desk with office computer and personal laptop for Zoom lessons, 2 bookcases, half-length wall mirror, and a portable steam humidifer for the cold season, and 2 music stands.
Lydia, I am experiencing envy!
Because of the legos I presume.
I use a corner of my living room (a small, shared apartment). I have a music stand, a desk, a chair, a mini-bookshelf, a box filled with violin-related stuff, a cat tree, and a window towards a dog park.
Mike, YES! As a child I didn't have them, I had Lincoln Logs, which are also cool.
Where are everyone's stereo systems? I have systems in my jam room and my music room/teaching studio.
My main stereo system is in the living room, attached to the TV. If I'm seriously listening to music, though, I usually use headphones rather than the speakers.
My "music room" is my living room. I'm in a one-bedroom apartment.
Our "music room" is wherever music is happening. Daughter could be practicing her cello in the living room or the basement, or she might be noodling either on the living room upright piano or my stage piano in the basement. I usually practice in the basement guest bedroom because it's well insulated and I can practice at night after everyone else is in bed. So that's a bedroom, but it's also my home office. I can't claim very much
What isn't a music room? I'll include the bathroom on the basis of the one time I blasted some Indian music in the living room loudly enough to hear clearly while taking a shower, which turned out to be especially memorable as the one time the neighbours complained.
Two large bookcases full of sheet music and scores, a handmade fiddle and bow made by a distant Kentucky ancestor, more bookshelves with music-related books and biographies, a digital piano, a music stand, a drop-leaf table with chairs, a futon, a chair where a student’s parent would sit in the before time, an Oriental rug that had belonged to my great-aunt, and a dorm-size fridge we bought last summer so our oldest son could isolate in that room for two weeks when he came home for the summer. (It was built as a mother-in-law suite and has a full bathroom and its own outside door.)
A piano, two music stands, a storage place for sheet music, and an analog clock from my childhood.
I'm in a one-bedroom apartment. What's NOT in my music room is the kitchen sink (and the bed). Funnily enough, my bedroom has floor to ceiling mirrors all over one wall, and I'm wondering about the logistics of making that my music room.
Gordon, brilliant for reading music daytime, especially if the mirrors are opposite the windows, but you'll need some serious sound absorption on the other two walls.
Nobody's mentioned having a disco ball or a hookah yet.
Disco ball is a good idea to check if your bow is straight from many different angles, and to encourage a solid and danceable sense of pulse.
Where we used to hold our uke group, we had a disco ball and UV lighting!
I se that the OP is a violin teacher planning to also teach viola soon.
And here I was thinking that fine violins and bows were expensive.
The practice room doubles as the family library, with a piano that I rarely touch, a stereo system that I do not often use. It is an optional home office space at the front of the house, without a proper door.
"What is in your music room?"
I have really enjoyed reading what everyone has in their music rooms/corners/sections.
Depends on where in the USA the house is. The two houses I lived in growing up, one in the Midwest and the other on the East coast, had basements, as did my grandparents’ house in Kentucky. Here in South Texas almost nobody has a basement. It has to do with the type of soil here.
I remember owning 20 Lego bricks when I was a kid.
I have two snigger-snigger, both in the lower (walk-out) level of the house. One is large enough for an octet to fit in easily, with a small audience too I guess. I don't have a traditional piano because of maintenance issues and I have to share it with a jazz musician - so we settled on a modern keyboard with classical piano simulation. That room has views out on the garden, a couple of bookshelves (and a corner with my telescope stuff) but else is kept open and flexible for groups.
Elise I am thinking of selling my upright piano (because of maintenance issues -- it's starting to need work on the action) and using the proceeds to buy a new digital stage piano, for which I would build a semi-elegant wooden stand containing monitor speakers. Then, when I have a jazz gig, I can just lift the piano off and take it with me.
My stereo is in my car. Serious listening is through hearing aids from my laptop or phone.
Paul, you have to realize that until we have company to sleep in those twin beds that is where I have 3 cases for 5 instrument right now, some extra music and a few other things. And, remember, the elex piano is not in the room any longer.
I just have house and studio envy all over the place now. Gotta go to confession.
Ann, I am with you :-)
Andrew, I didn't really mean that I didn't believe you! It just came out that way. :)
Oh... Lydia... how fortunate you are!
A fun thread I can't resist!
US houses have basements when the geology allows that to be practical. For instance, in the California earthquake zones, houses don't have basements.
On basement. Even before the pandemic, many people (in the US) have turned their basements into home theaters with state of the art projectors, surround sound, and tiered seats.
My practice room is in my DIY-finished basement. My basement is the almost the same size as the rest of my house, so it doubled the useful floor space (from about 1400 to 2630 sq ft). However the ceiling is only 7 feet, and I am 6 feet tall, so I cannot practice standing up. I learned this the hard way by shattering two bow tip-plates.
Around here finished basements are the norm except in the small houses built in the 50's near the flood plain which were built on slabs. My apartment is single story and on a slab which I hate because it puts the utilities in the living quarters meaning you have to pay attention about water leaks.
I practice in our dining room. I do this for the acoustics, haha! I have a little corner to myself. It has our piano, my stand, a shelf with my scores and books, my violin case, rosin, polish, extra cloths, etc. a bluetooth speaker for listening to stuff or using the metronome, highlighter tapes, extra pencils, a coaster for a water bottle or drink while I'm practicing, all of the Suzuki books, my set of chinrest covers, and some artwork.
I think we need an exclusive club for people who finish all the Suzuki books.
How many of us can claim to "finish" Mozart 4 and Mozart 5?
Mike, I will eventually probably start my own club of people who never finish Suzuki book 4 or 5 after a certain number of years of daily practice.
No one... someone always complains that it's not "playful" enough. I don't have the taste for the better Mozart violin concerti, and I also regrettably feed into this cycle of having complaints whenever listening to people play these pieces.
The point is not to use books 9 and 10. The point is to
right this way sir
Paul, "I don't want to belong to any club that wants me as a member!"
I could claim to have finished Mozart 4 and 5 if I spilled varnish on the covers (referring also to another post).
Paul, I actually bought the Barenreiter Vivaldi A minor and discovered that some of the notes were changed to make it easier. I got it to make it more convenient for my piano friend. I ended up buying her the Suzuki piano accompaniment book. No more Barenreiters for me. Don't care about the slick covers. Now everybody's happy.
Very interesting, Ann.
Barenreiter editions, along with Henle, are the best, most authoritative scholarly urtexts available today, usually. They do not "change things to make it easier". Any Vivaldi concerto is easy enough that they do not require changing due to difficulty, in any event. (And certainly Barenreiter's target audience doesn't care about difficulty.)
There's a Barenrieter "Easy Concerto" version, edited by Kurt Sassmannshaus, that has much easier solo passages instead of what's in the Nachez version most of us know. I am not sure what the original Vivaldi had.
My music room is the second bedroom in our house, which I also use as an office because that's where my writing desk is. I had no idea that I'd be more or less trapped in this room all day for a year and I look forward to going back to my real office across town someday.
Laurie has already addressed the changes made to the Vivaldi a minor concerto in the Suzuki books.
In the west wing I keep my guitars, banjos, and other string instruments along with amplifiers and such like
Ann wrote, "I got it to make it more convenient for my piano friend."
My music room is my living room. The front door opens into the living room. I teach. I am not a neat person. I have a hard enough time keeping the living room/teaching studio presentable. I didn't want to use a different room and have people walking through the messy house. There are 3 windows on the wall with the door. The walls are painted various bright, primary colors.
Paul, thank you for the link. I'm very fortunate that my friend is a professional musician and she sight reads wonderfully. Though if I give her simplified parts I'm sure she will appreciate them because then I'm not making her work for free!