On the practical side you probably want potential students to know more about you and your studio. Does your studio have a website? Add a code to fliers, business cards and brochures that links to any page on your website. As an aside, while you’re at it you might want to check your website--is it optimized for mobile viewing? Test it on your own mobile device. Can you read the content you want clients to see? Are the buttons and links functioning on your homepage? Are you using Flash? Now is the time to make sure you can be reached from either a desktop or a mobile phone. More and more people are using mobile devices as their primary access to the internet. Once you're sure that students can find your site add a QR Code to your printed materials.
Even if you don’t have a website you can still use QR codes creatively. A VCard code adds your contact information to a user’s mobile device. With a TEXT code you can send a text with your contact info, studio promotions, a discount code, you name it.
As I stated earlier, there are more applications for a school classroom than a private music studio, particularly a studio with young students, yet I’ve listed a few that might work for yours.
Have your students help make their next recital program and learn some more about composers at the same time. With student’s research on composers and pieces a QR code could be printed next to their name in the program. Link the code to student research that you have placed in a DropBox folder. The audience can read program notes created by the students prior to the concert or later at home. If you don’t want to include student program notes you can skip the paper programs altogether and simply share one copy of the program to a public DropBox folder. With one large code displayed at the venue parents scan the code before the concert and access the program on their phones. Some activities require more preparation from the teacher. Group lessons for younger students are a great place to play games with codes. Using codes is a good alternative to dice or spinners. Make up several cards printed with codes that link to text with playing instructions, for example a certain number of repetitions, specific articulations, musical terms. Students draw cards and scan the codes with the teacher’s mobile device, then play the instructions.