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Binder and Covers 2016

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Binder Covers 2016

It was a year ago that I made my first “editable” PDF document, in the form of a binder cover. I think teachers liked it, so I made one for this year, too. I use them for my own students, and I want to share them with you again.

You might notice these have the same design as the calendar I posted a few weeks ago. I put them on the front and back of my students’ binders. All of the students get the calendar, but my younger students get the staff with notes and the older ones get the key signature chart.

There are 2 pages in the file I’m posting. Only the first page is editable, fillable, or whatever I should call it! Every time I see editable, I think edible and get hungry! 🙂

Being editable means you can personalize it with your own text.  There are 2 places on the page you can personalize by printing any text that will fit into the space. Instead of “Piano Binder” you could type “My Music Notebook” or whatever fits.

Only want one of the 2 pages in the file? I explain how to print only one page in my frequently asked questions.

Directions

  • Open the PDF in the latest version of Adobe Reader. (This is the same free program you use to print all of my material.)
  • On the first page, click your mouse about 2″ down from the top. (See above where I wrote Jonathan.)
  • A light blue text field box with a blinking cursor in the middle will show up where you should type. The blue box will not show up when printed!
  • Type your text in the box, adjusting your wording to fit.
  • Repeat about 9.5″ down from the top. (See above where I wrote Piano Binder.) Type text in this box also.
  • I formatted the blue text fields to be centered so you will be starting in the center of each field.

Can’t open the PDF files? Check out my frequently asked questions from the menu bar above.  Teachers have reported problems with the Windows 10 Edge browser and use Chrome or Explorer instead.

Don’t like orange? You can always use last year’s blue binder covers.

Personalize your Binder Covers

 

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Editable 2016-17 Calendar

Calendar 2016-17

Editable 2016-17 Calendar

Calendar 2016-17  (This is the non-editable version)

Reminder Postcards 2016  (This is the smallest size allowed by the USPS and is not editable.)

If you want happy parents in your piano studio, keep it well-organized with a good calendar so that parents and students know well in advance what is coming up! I put it on the front of their binder and also email it to parents.

The calendar is designed for you to type your studio events in the center. I suggest you put dates for:

  • Festivals, including sign-up deadlines
  • Recitals
  • Holiday breaks
  • Days your studio will be closed
  • Group lesson dates
  • Deadlines to memorize music for events

It’s Editable!

I have some good news for those of you who like editable files! For the first time ever, this calendar is editable in Word as a .docx file. You can even edit the “Calendar of Events” title. Open the file in Word or another word processing program and place your cursor in the table and type your information. Use Times New Roman and a 10 pt font size to match the style of the calendar. The borders of the table are there as a guide and will not show when it is printed. You will have to download this file and open it in Word and not open it in your Chrome.

If you don’t use the editable Word docx file, here are some suggestions on how to personalize and print your calendar.  You will be printing in the center of the page. Since every printer is different, figure out how to insert the page back into your printer in order to print in the blank space in the center.

I advise you to set your margins to:

  • Left – 2.3
  • Right – 2.3
  • Top – 1. 5
  • Bottom – .5

If you have trouble downloading the PDF files, please check my FAQ because everything I know to help you is listed there!

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G. Henle Verlag iPad App Review

G. Henle Verlag is one of the highest quality music publishing companies in the world for urtext classical music. I have Henle editions in my library, and they are excellent.

Recently the company announced an app for the iPad and coming soon, Android.

Since I have experience with Henle editions, I downloaded the app to take a look. I thought that either the app would cost a fortune or it would have high-priced in-app purchases. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the app is free and the music is quite reasonably priced.

First of all, it is obvious that Henle has spent a lot of time and money on this app. True to the German way, it is very well done and elegant in its simplicity. I am not the most intuitive person when it comes to technology, but, honestly, this app is easy to use.

When you open the app, you are offered a free score and I chose a Beethoven Sonata. The app allowed me to:

  • Write annotations on the score.
  • Move annotations around on the score.
  • Print or email my annotated version.
  • Delete the fingerings in the score and even change them. You need to watch the video because this is an amazing feature!
  • Change the layout, making it bigger or smaller, and move the staves further apart. The music will wrap around to the next page automatically.
  • Use a Blue Tooth pedal page turner.
  • Turn on the metronome.
  • Use the built-in recorder.
  • Use the Apple pencil or inexpensive stylus.

You can check out the videos here that show what the app can do.

You are probably wondering how much these magic scores will cost. They are purchased with credits and the price starts at 10 credits for $.99, 20 credits for $1.99, 100 credits for $8.99  and on up.  [Prices are US dollars.] I decided this is very reasonable so I bought a favorite Chopin Nocturne for $.99. One Henle print edition Nocturne is about $7.00. The complete book of Chopin Nocturnes is 220 credits and the complete book of Bach Inventions is 94 credits. The purchases are through the Apple store, so Apple is getting 30% of the purchase price.

There are a few things that will improve the app. First, it really needs an eraser or undo in annotation mode. I tried the suggestion on their website of using the white pen tool to erase, and if your annotation is on top of a stave, the score is covered also. This was a real problem for me even though the original is not changed.  Also, the screen enlarges too much in annotation mode and it would be nice if that was adjustable.

I think most musicians from my generation love our print music books and I’m no exception. But it is nice having a digital library, and this is a great addition to my collection of apps.

[Disclosure: This is an un-solicited, non-commercial review. I have not been in contact with Henle in any way and received no compensation.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Picture Scales in All Keys

Click on each picture to download the files.

 

I’ve finally finished remaking all of the Picture Scales. I needed to update some things under the hood, so I took the opportunity to make some more changes including remaking the one octave and two-octave scales.

They aren’t easy to make, so I was really dreading it.  Then there is the problem of not knowing my left hand from my right. Plus, I constantly mix up the 4th and 2nd finger. And the 1 and 5. Now that I think about it, how did I ever learn to read music! 🙂

However, over the years they have been well worth it.  I use regular scale books, too, but there are times when picture scales come in handy. My theory is, use what works! These picture scales are excellent for:

  • Visual learners
  • Memorizing scales
  • Teaching scales by ear
  • Students with learning disabilities

To find these in the future, go to the top menu and select Free > Newer Free Resources > Teaching Aids. Or just do a Google search for “Susan Paradis picture scales”.

If you like the idea of picture scales but don’t like my fingering,  I have posted some sheets where you can write your own. Go to the following link and scroll down until you see the thumbnail graphic for Write Your Own Fingering.

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