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Personalize Your Binder Covers: An Editable PDF

Editable Binder CoverEditable Binder Cover

Today I am posting a binder cover that you can personalize by typing directly on the PDF before you print it. It’s kind of clunky, but I’m sharing it anyway because it can be a real time saver. The editing part is kind of a hidden feature that you don’t have to use.

Directions

  • Open the PDF in the latest version of Adobe Reader. (This is the same free program you probably use to print all of my material.)
  • There are two text fields. (See the arrows above where I wrote Zachary and Piano Binder. You do not have to use my wording.)
  • I formatted the text fields to be centered so you will be starting in the center of each field.
  • Select “Highlight Existing Fields.” This will show you where to type.
  • You should see a large blinking cursor.
  • Type any text you desire, but it has to fit in the field. Adjust your wording to fit because to my knowledge you cannot adjust the size.
  • If you have trouble seeing the blinking cursor, using the graphic above as a guide, click in the middle of where I typed.
  • If you can’t get it to work use the method I mentioned in my last post.

Adobe Reader does not let you change fonts, size, and color to the best of my knowledge. Adobe designed the program to be used for filling out forms, not for designs! Maybe there is a way I don’t know about!

This makes a nice binder front or back for a new student. It matches the calendar I posted last week.

If you like editable PDF’s, let me know and I can make some more in the future.

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Note Matching for iPad or to Print

Note Matching

Note Matching

Not too long ago one of my younger students was watching his older brother do some theory work on the iPad. Like most little brothers, he wanted to try it too, but it was a little too hard for him. I asked if he wanted me to make something just for him, and he was pretty excited about that!

One mistake that teachers often make when using an iPad with young children is that the screen is too small for the young hand to navigate. If you use worksheets and apps with your students, they have to be age appropriate. I made this one nice and big and students only need to draw short lines. Because it is so big, you can also use it on your mobile phone with older students.

Sometimes in our rush to use new technology, we forget that children learn better with old-fashioned hands on activities. As a music educator, I’ve always been concerned about child centered teaching. My advice to teachers is to keep that in mind and not over-do worksheets and mobile devices with our elementary piano students. After all, piano lessons are a hands on activity! Moderation in all things is always a good thing to remember.

If using a lot of ink is not a problem for you and you don’t have an iPad or some other tablet, these sheets are high quality PDFs and can be printed.

  • Use the MTNA discount and print them at Office Depot.
  • Check for a color print sale at office stores, drug stores, or big box stores.
  • Place in clear sheet protectors or laminate to use with dry or wet erase markers.
  • Black dry erase markers erase better than the colored ones.

Wet erase markers are a lot easier to use, but if you teach in your living room like I do, that is not an option, unless you cover everything in painter’s drop cloth! :)

If you are looking for a good, free app to use, I recommend MetaMoji Note Lite also called Note Anytime Lite. You can find my tutorial here. This app can be used on most mobile devices including iPad, Android, Kindle, Windows, and your mobile phone.  [Disclosure: I am not affiliated with this company. I found this app on my own, and I think it is very teacher friendly.] Email me if you have trouble figuring out how to use it.

 

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Summer Treats Funsheet for Beginners

Cherry Popsicles Funsheet

Cherry Popsicles Funsheet

Cherry Popsicles Black & White

Does anyone remember a few years back when I posted some music worksheets with a “Summer Treats” theme? Well, I’ve always planned on adding more to that series, so here is a new one.  This is for an average age beginner to learn some of the basics of piano. And I even made a black and white version that students can color.

I plan to add more to the Summer Treat set of worksheets, so check back. I found some in my files that I’ve never shared!

[Ed: Here are some I’ve made since this post.]

Blackberry Sherbet Dotted Quarter Notes

Candy Bar Lines (contains simple 8th notes)

The sheets I posted previously are for students who already know notes and rhythms. If you want to download them, I’m reposting them here for your convenience.

SummerTreats

Summer Treats Note Story 

 

OrangePopsicles

Orange Popsicles

 

FrozenYogurtRhythms

Frozen Yogurt Rhythms

 

SnowconeSignsSymbols

Snow Cone Signs and Symbols

For my UK friends. I also made some of these worksheets with UK terms and spelling. Here’s the link to my UK page. 

UK WorksheetsPP-2

 

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One Minute Club 2015

One Minute Club Pack2015

One Minute Club 2015

It’s time to post the 2015 One Minute Club Cards! This year’s set also includes two certificates, including one for the Junior One Minute Club. the junior cards are yellow.  There is also a handy chart where you can keep a record of their scores. Just remember to keep it lighthearted and fun!

Below is a video I made several years ago showing students of all ages giving it a try!

One Minute Club from Susan Paradis on Vimeo.

These cards are formatted for 2 x 3.5  perforated blank business cards. The borders in the cards extend past the cutting lines to aid in printer alignment problems. Make sure your PDF printer window is set to “actual size,” and you are using the latest version of Adobe Reader.

In case you don’t have any blank business cards,  I added short cutting lines for you to connect and then cut using regular card stock.

After students earn the cards,  I put them in clear plastic ID holders and attach them to their  book bag with a small chain. The next year all I have to do is insert the new card.

The last several years, I’ve increased the way I use this card with students who can identify note names, but are slow playing them.

  1. I use mini flash cards printed in different colors for the treble and bass clef.
  2.  First, I show the student the card and I identify it for the student, saying Bass C, Middle C, etc. and the student plays the key.
  3. Then the student has to identify the card the same way but this time he doesn’t play.
  4. Then we do just the space notes the regular way. When those are mastered we go on to line notes.
  5. I review steps 1 to 3 at every lesson.
  6. I have individual goals for each student who will be given the Junior Club Cards. But I want every child to be able to do at least the cards around middle C.

If you’re reading this and have no idea what the One Minute Club is, well, I’ve written about it extensively. For more information, use the search tab on the right, and type in One Minute Club or follow this link for last year’s post.

 

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