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.

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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Binder Cover Bundle

Binder Cover Bundle

Binder Cover Bundle free download

I made a set of binder covers because it’s fun to change things around.

The top two covers are for teachers or students. The cover on the top right is not editable, because some teachers want to just print and go. The editable one is on the left.

I made Piano Fun to organize my music resources. You can type in your studio name or use it for students by typing their name.  At the bottom there are 3 spaces to edit the type. If you use it for students, you could type, for example, Music, Assignments, and Theory. The middle text box is long enough to type “assignments.”

On the bottom left, there are two generic covers I made for anyone to use for any subject. The black and white striped cover has a long text field so you can type a name, or maybe “Music Binder.” You can type a subject in the brown one, or a student name.

Here are the instructions on how to type into the three PDF’s that are editable. Not edible! Every time I type the word editable I get hungry! 🙂 The editable file is not edible, although one time my student’s bunny ate half of his sheet music making it hard to turn pages. Fortunately it was memorized!

Instructions

  • Open the editable file you wish to use in Adobe Reader DC. (It is a free program.)
  • The first cover (Piano Fun) in the file is not editable.
  • Scroll down to the cover you wish to edit.
  • Click on the text you wish to edit and type your new text. The blue boxes will not print.
  • When you have finished typing in your text, select print and print only the page you edited by selecting the correct page in the print dialog box.
  • When you close the file, you will be asked if you wish to save it. If you save the file, you will still be able to edit it later.
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