[Edited to fix dates in some months]
It’s time to start planning for fall semester lessons. An organized studio is a happy studio where parents and students know well in advance what is coming up!
There are 3 pages in this document, a calendar, a matching key signature chart and a set of reminder snail-mail postcards.
This 2014-2015 calendar is designed for you to type your studio events in the center. I suggest you put dates for:
- Festivals, including sign-up deadlines
- Holiday breaks
- Days your studio will be closed
- Group lesson dates
- Deadlines to memorize music for events
After you print the calendar, measure where you would like to set your margins in a word processing program like Word or Pages. Here are the margins I used:
- Left – 2.50
- Right – 1. 25
- Top – 1. 25
- Bottom – .75
However, the margins are going to depend on your printer and the font size you choose. I suggest using only one font with a size of around 11. The above photo uses 11 point Arial.
In the first line, I put my studio email address. In the second line, I added my phone number where parents can text me if they are running late. Skip several lines and start your studio schedule on the left margin. When you finish, go back and center the headings. I also increased the font size and changed the color.
After printing the calendars, place them in the see-through cover of the student’s binder. On the back of the binder, you can insert the key signature chart. I always feel like the more they see it, the more familiar it becomes.
Once you get used to using binders with your students, you will never want to use any other kind of assignment book. You can use dividers for music, scales, theory, downloads from the web, etc. Feel free to use my assignment pages, found here, Assignment Page, and the one for young students here, Assignment Page for Young Students.
Now when your forgetful students ask, “When does my sonatina have to be memorized?” or “What day is the theory test?” tell them to look on their binder. They usually say rather sheepishly, “Oh, yeah.”