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Personalize a Recital Program

Editable Recital Program

Recital Program to Personalize

Here is a recital cover for you to use at your spring recital. You can choose to personalize it like the picture above on the right, or print it the way it looks in the small pictures on the left.

Here is how to add your personalization:

  • Open in Adobe Reader.
  • Using the graphic above as a guide, put your cursor underneath and very close to the word “Recital.”
  • Type the name of your studio.
  • Move you cursor down to the bottom opposite the flowers. You can type the location, date, and time.
  • Moving to the left side, which is the back of the program cover, there are two places near the bottom to personalize. The first space is a header where you can type “Thank You.” Underneath that you have several lines to type any message you wish.

To make a document for the inside of the program, use a word processing program such as Word. Open a new document in landscape orientation with two columns. Set the borders at 1/2 inch all around with a one inch space between the two columns. Print this new document on the blank side of the recital program cover. Fold the program, and you’re ready to go.

I also tried printing this in black and white to see how it would look for teachers who do not have access to a color printer or want to save color ink. It looks fine printed on light green paper if you have a printer that allows you to print in “grayscale.”

I don’t think it will look good using a B&W laser printer. All the flowers will turn into a blob of black. Instead I have made folded recital covers in the past that you can use: Recital Program Cover. It will look fine on a color laser printer.

FYI, I did not draw the flowers myself!

There you have it. I hope you enjoy this recital cover!

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Sorting Out the Piano Classics

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I’m proud to announce I am an affiliate for the Piano Teachers Academy. If you have ever wished you could attend Elizabeth Gutierrez’s workshops but lived too far away, now is your chance to attend online in the comfort of your home. I would like to invite you to attend her online course: “Sorting Out the Piano Classics.”

Elizabeth is my friend, but more than that, she has been a mentor to me as a piano teacher for years. She is the piano teacher’s piano teacher. Not only has she taught piano pedagogy at the college level and given many workshops, she also teaches private piano students. Elizabeth knows how to explain things and she knows what works. She has a knack for giving practical advice that you can easily carry over to your lessons.

This workshop is for piano teachers who want a guide through teaching the classics. So many times I would like to give a classical piece to students but I’m not sure if they are ready for it. There are books but they only give a list, not a discussion on how to teach the music. There is great music out there that students throughout the ages have enjoyed and we owe it to our students to expose this music to them. I polled my students and over half of them said they wanted to play classical music. Students often go through stages with what they like, and when the time is right, we need to be there for them.

I was fortunate that my piano teacher introduced me to classical music early. I fell in love with it. My teacher even called up my mother to tell her I was “special” because I appreciated good music. Well, I don’t think I was special. I enjoyed all kinds of music, and good music is good music. One minute I was playing Bach and the next I was playing pop music with lead sheets. But there was something special about the sound of the classics and how the notes fit under the hands that I enjoyed. But if my teacher had not introduced me to classical music at an early age, I don’t know if I would have majored in music.

Elizabeth’s course has over seven hours of video that will guide you through teaching classics at all levels. There are demonstrations on how to teach the most common classical pieces as well as some lesser known music. She will give you tips that you can use right away with your students. The course includes handouts to match pieces with the method books students are in, as well as other helpful handouts.

When I signed up for the course, Elizabeth told me teachers will have lifetime access to the videos and the hand outs. That means I can go back and watch it again if I need a review or lose a handout.

Right now the course is offered at the introductory price of $120.00 until October 1, so don’t wait to check it out!

Here is how to view a free sample class.

  • Click my link here.
  • When that opens, click on the image.
  • Scroll down to “Class Curriculum.” Click the small down arrow under the 3 modules (before the FAQ).
  • This will open the entire curriculum. Scroll down to “The Black Hole: What to do at the Intermediate Level.
  • The third chapter is free. Click the “Preview” button.

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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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Piano Camp Course by Jennifer Foxx

 

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This cute picture is a piano camp put on by Jennifer Foxx.

Jennifer Foxx and I have known each other for years, first on message boards (several in fact) a long time before Facebook, and then finally in person when we met at a MTNA convention. Jennifer is an expert in group piano games and activities for piano camps. She has been conducting them for many years and she knows the answer to everything, camp wise. She’s realistic, and she know what does and does not work. You might know Jennifer for her excellent tech reviews and suggestions on her blog.

She is now offering her expertise in the form of a video course for piano teachers. Maybe you’ve considered having a camp but you just don’t know how to get started. Or you like the idea, but don’t know where you can go to find games and activities.  This course will teach you everything you need to know and give you the confidence to try a music camp yourself!

I want to share her website with you where you can get all the information you need to sign up for her camp. And if you have questions, just ask her! She is always quick to respond!

http://music-educator-resources.teachable.com

 

[Disclosure: These opinions are my own and I received no compensation.]

 

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