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2017 Calendar – Personalize in Word!

Editable Calendar 2017_2018

This is a version of my studio calendar that you can personalize in Word. If you have Word for Windows (or Word for Mac), all you need to do is open this file and type in the month, date, and the name of your event in the table that I provided.

The table is fully editable so you can change the font, the size, and the number of columns and rows. The title “Schedule of Events” is editable. You can even change the color of the type. In my example above, I centered the name of the month, but that is your choice. I suggest using a font that does not clash with the rest of the Calendar, such as Times New Roman.

If you’re not too familiar with tables in Word, they are very easy. To move from column to column, use the TAB key. Compared to playing the piano, it’s a piece of cake! The lines of the table are invisible when you print, although you can change that in the settings.

[Edited: When you open this in Word, it is possible the table guidelines will not show up! To make the table guidelines appear, in the  “Home” tab select the drop down menu of the “Border” icon (which looks like a box with a two lines going each way). Open the Borders tab and select “View Guidelines.” Please make sure you are in Word and not Google Docs. To open in Word, you might need to right-click and use the “Save Link As.”]

Please see my last post on some ideas of how to use this calendar!

Thank you for following my Terms of Use and not sharing this file with anyone but your piano students.

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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.

[Edited: I added a version you can personalize quickly here!)

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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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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Flowers Recital Certificate

Flowers Recital Certificate Editable

Flowers Recital Certificate – Fill in by hand

Last week I posted a new cover for a folded recital program. I thought it would be nice to have a recital certificate to match! I know what you’re thinking; the flowers will be great for some students, but for other students, this is not a good fit. Well, I’ve made several different styles over the years so that you can print certificates for different students.

You can see all my recital certificates on this page. You find it by clicking “Free”, then select “Teaching Aids.” When the “Teaching Aids” page opens, scroll down until you find this header:  One Minute Club, Certificates, Recital Covers, Magnetic White Board Music Symbols. There are so many different items in the Teaching Aids category that this was the best I could do, organization-wise.

As you can see in the picture above, I made one certificate editable so that you can type in your own words. You might be having a violin recital instead of a piano recital!

It is really easy to fill in the blank certificate. If you haven’t tried it, here are the instructions. Open the editable file in Adobe Reader DC. (It is a free program.) After you open the file, move your cursor to the spot you need to fill in. Click on the page. Light blue boxes will appear to help you to know where to type. Start typing on the blinking cursor. Your text will automatically be in the center of the page. Move to the other boxes to complete the certificate. The blue boxes will not be visible when you print. If the blue boxes don’t pop up for you, put your cursor in the middle of the typing area and click until you see the blinking cursor. Before you actually print your certificate, make sure your printer is set to “landscape.”

For those of you on a Mac, this also works in Preview.

I hope you enjoy this recital certificate. Sometimes it’s nice to have something new!

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