2017 Calendar – Personalize in Word!

Editable Calendar 2017_2018

This is a version of my studio calendar that you can personalize in Word. If you have Word for Windows (or Word for Mac), all you need to do is open this file and type in the month, date, and the name of your event in the table that I provided.

The table is fully editable so you can change the font, the size, and the number of columns and rows. The title “Schedule of Events” is editable. You can even change the color of the type. In my example above, I centered the name of the month, but that is your choice. I suggest using a font that does not clash with the rest of the Calendar, such as Times New Roman.

If you’re not too familiar with tables in Word, they are very easy. To move from column to column, use the TAB key. Compared to playing the piano, it’s a piece of cake! The lines of the table are invisible when you print, although you can change that in the settings.

[Edited: When you open this in Word, it is possible the table guidelines will not show up! To make the table guidelines appear, in the  “Home” tab select the drop down menu of the “Border” icon (which looks like a box with a two lines going each way). Open the Borders tab and select “View Guidelines.” Please make sure you are in Word and not Google Docs. To open in Word, you might need to right-click and use the “Save Link As.”]

Please see my last post on some ideas of how to use this calendar!

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2017 Studio Calendar

Studio Calendar 2017-2018

Studio Calendar 2017-2018

Today I am posting the 2017-2018 studio calendar template. It is designed for you to print, re-insert into your printer, add your personal studio schedule for each month in the middle of the page, and print again.

[Edited: I added a version you can personalize quickly here!)

This calendar has each month in the academic year on the left and right side of the page.  It is a rather unusual layout, but it works great for music students. By inserting this calendar into the plastic cover of my students’ binders, I solved the problem of remembering events such as festivals and recitals. I also list the days my studio will be closed, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring break.  I list the first and last day of lessons, audition dates, days I will be out of town, theory test dates, and anything else I can think of. I also make sure parents have a copy.

I always add a “Deadline to be Memorized” date for every festival and recital so that students have a firm memorization date. This has really eliminated a lot of stress in my studio. If you have ever been frantic before a student performance because the piece is still not memorized, you know what I’m talking about!

Printing Instructions

  • Print my calendar on 8.5 x 11 inch paper and set it aside.
  • Open Word or your favorite word processing program.
  • Set margins about 2.5 inches on the left side and 2 inches on the right side for paper sized 8.5 x 11 inches.
  • Set the top margin about 1.5 inches and the bottom .5 inch.
  • Type your schedule starting with August or September. Center the month and under that put the date on the left. Then tab once for the entry. If you’re good with tables, use that instead.
  • Print your schedule on blank paper. Double check your dates!
  • Hold your printed schedule under my calendar in a bright window to see how your typing fits.  Adjust your layout and margins as necessary. If your schedule does not fit on one page, try changing the font size.
  • If you are happy with your layout, insert my calendar into your printer and print your schedule on it.

I make this calendar every year, and once your students get used to it, they will always want one!

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Kiwi Key Signatures

Kiwi Key Signatures

Kiwi Key Signatures

I’m working on a presentation for TMTA on fast games and activities you can play with your students to teach music theory concepts. That, and some other wonderful things going on, plus my piano recital, has taken up all my time and I haven’t had too much time to post lately.

But I made a couple of worksheets that I want to share with you. I noticed that my Summer Treat series (see my previous post) didn’t have any worksheets for key signatures. While making some fruit salad with kiwi fruit, I thought “kiwi key signatures” and that is how this worksheet came about. I know they are not a strictly summer fruit, but they really look pretty in a summer fruit bowl! I think the best way to eat kiwi fruit is to let it soften up really well like you soften up a peach, cut it in half, and scoop up the soft bites with a spoon.

I learned a lot about kiwi fruit while I was researching something I could put in the secret code at the bottom of the page. Now I can bore everyone with my knowledge of this delicious treat. Do you know what kiwi fruit used to be called? Well, your students will have to do this worksheet to find out!

To all my readers in New Zealand, yes, I was thinking about my upcoming trip to your beautiful country when I made this worksheet!

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Summer Treats Roundup

With summer approaching soon, here is a preview of all the Summer Treats worksheets I’ve made over the years. Some come with black and white versions for students to color. Plus, all the rhythm pages have UK versions which are found on the UK page.

These can be used in summer music camps, in summer lessons to review theory, or at home. They span beginning to late elementary level, with one that reviews dotted quarter notes. It’s a great way to keep students from forgetting the music theory they learned this year!

Many of these are appropriate for an iPad or other tablet, so if you’ve never tried downloading a worksheet to your iPad, give these a try. Notability and NoteAnytime are my favorites because they allow multi-page downloads and have other cool features. The note story pages are a little small, but you can enlarge with area with your fingers. You can find these two apps in the iTunes store. I recommend NoteAnytime (also called MetaMoji) for teachers who use Android and other tablets that are not iPads.

To download the files above, click on each thumbnail. There is a link that will take you to the original blog post. Under each graphic there is a link you can select to download the PDF file to use with your students. Of course all my worksheets are free downloads.

Does anyone have an idea for a good worksheet to add to my Summer Treats collection? It’s been around a while, but every summer I like to add something new. Let me know and I will see what I can do!

Enjoy your summer treats!

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