Category Archives: Certificates

One Minute Club Certificate

One Minute Club Certificate

It’s the end of the year and time to pass out certificates to our students. I am posting an 8 1/2 /x 11 size certificate you can give to your students if they were able to join the “club” this year. This is the same graphic theme that I used all year, and the certificate looks just like this year’s (2012) membership card.

If you want to read more about how I use the One Minute Club in my studio, (the idea is not original to me) check out my posts here, and here, as well as posts with a different card each year. (I have been making these cards for many years, long before the internet! Unfortunately I can’t find them all, lost to time I guess.) You can type in One Minute Club in the search engine at the top left of the page, and when the results show up, scroll down and click “Older Posts” at the bottom to see the past posts. You can look at how I change the card each year as my graphic ideas evolve.

LaDona, over at LaDona’s Music Studio, writes about the One Minute Club today. LaDona asked if I had a certificate, and I am happy she reminded me to post this one. I follow her always interesting blog on Flipboard. (Thank you PianoAnne for telling me about Flipboard a few years ago!)

Click on the link under the picture to download this free printable. Be sure to set your printer to landscape. There is a 1/4 inch white border around the edges. The watermark will not show in your copy. It uses a fair amount of ink, but it is still cheaper than buying color certificates! I do not have a black and white version available, but I am working on that for the future.


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Cute Certificate for Completing Fishy Scales

Fishy Scales Certificate

When your younger students learn their 5-finger scale patterns, reward them with this colorful certificate!

I made this last year when a teacher asked me if I had a certificate for my Fishy Scales. I didn’t have one, but I thought it was a good idea, so I made one!

I’m not quite sure why I never got around to posting this when I made it, but here it is now.

The nice thing about this certificate is that you can not only use it to go along with the Fishy Scales,  but really for anything, since it is blank.

If you are looking for something for your older students, check out this different technique certificate I posted several years ago for older students.

Be sure to set your printer to landscape mode. Try setting your printer to 2-up, which will print 2 on a page and save some paper and ink.

I hope your students enjoy the fishy scales certificate!


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Piano Recital Certificate – Traditional

Traditional Recital Certificate

If the colorful  certificate from my last post was too much, you might be interested in this black and white certificate I made for my older students. This one is made to be printed on colored parchment paper that you can buy at office stores and even some craft stores.  

What do you think of my border? I didn’t want to use a pre-made one, so I made my own.  I drew the entire border in Photoshop, starting with one flower and then stringing them along, kind of like quilting.  Originally I made it in color, but I converted it to black and white for use with colored paper.


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Piano Recital Certificate in a Casual Style

Casual Recital Certificate

Have you ever had certificates to pass out to everyone in your recital except for that one little student who just started taking lessons? Here is something you can pass out to him or to all of your students.  I designed this in a casual style, but I also made one that is more formal, and I will post that in a few days. So hang on if casual certificates are not your style!

We all know that students get a lot of certificates and awards nowadays.  Have you ever wondered what happens to all of it?  I visited one of my students a few years ago  and he proudly showed off a scrapbook he made with everything he had ever received from me carefully preserved. I was so touched, and it certainly makes the time and effort I put forth to make this material all worthwhile!

Of course,  your comments and emails are encouraging, too, and I very much appreciate them. Thank you!


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Studio Technique Program

Technique Certificate

If you have trouble getting students to practice scales and arpeggios, maybe you can start a step-wise technique certificate program. Most students  will practice more diligently when they have a goal. It is a well-known fact that long and short time goals motivate and inspire us. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and even adult organizations have goals for their members.

With this in mind, some years ago I created a technique certificate program that has really helped in my studio. When a student completes a level, he is awarded a certificate at the recital. Many times a student will work extra hard to complete a level so he can get his certificate at the recital. Now technique is not a boring exercise to do before playing real music, but an attainable goal that each student can reach.

Some teachers are fortunate to participate in state or national programs that require technical proficiency. If so, you certainly do not need to start one of your own. But other teachers do not have the opportunity to participate in this kind of program, or want something simple and free. The only thing my program costs is the ink and paper to print a certificate.

If you would like to start this in your studio, you must first decide what technical exercises you want your students to learn. Then divide your list into levels.  This is your program, so you may have as many levels as you wish.

A lot of music teachers are very detailed oriented. That is how they got to be great musicians in the first place. But most students are not, and if you make an elaborate program their eyes will glaze over. I know mine do!

 Therefore, I think it is better to keep it simple, without a whole lot of metronome requirements or time limits. That way you can personalize it for each student and more students can succeed.  You can always require specific metronome markings on a case-by-case basis with your students and not have it part of the certificate program. Some students play scales hands together and some do not. As teachers, we know the students who need a challenge. Remember, this is your program and you can modify it later on.

The following is a suggestion for a technical certificate program that you can modify to suit yourself. Level four and above  can be customized for the student, with some also working on arpeggios and inversions. Students who plan to study music in college will need a stepped up program, but it does not have to part of your studio certificate program unless you want to.

Level One: Major Five Finger Scales, stepping, and skipping and a tonic chord

Level Two: Minor Five Finger Scales as above

Level Three: Simple hand-crossing arpeggios in all major and minor keys

Level Four: Major One Octave Scales ending with a chord progression I IV I V7 I

Level Five: Harmonic Minor One Octave Scales with a chord progression

Level Six: Major Two Octave Scales

Level Seven: Minor Two Octave Scales

Most teachers know how to make their own certificates.  But if you don’t, I made this one just to post today for teachers who are not handy with a graphics program or don’t have time. It is a PDF document for you to write in the student’s name and technique level by hand.

If you would like to type directly on the certificate as a Word Document, try this link  Technique_certificate_web  instead of the PDF at the top of the page. Let me know if it turns out correctly because this is the first time I’ve posted a Word document as a graphic. One of the fonts in this Word document has been changed to  Times New Roman because that is a Word font. I suggest you use that one so there will not be 3 different fonts on the page.


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