Personalize a Grand Staff Binder Cover

2017 Binder Cover

Today I am posting a grand staff binder cover for you to personalize and use on your students’ binders. It has the notes of the grand staff on the front and it matches the studio calendar that I recently posted. What I am really excited about is that I think this is the first time I’ve posted a PDF file where you can change the font!

Not only can you type a name and title of the binder, but if you have some computer knowledge, you can change the font, the color, and the size of the text.

If the directions below are too challenging for you, open the file in Adobe Reader DC, select “Your Text” and type over my text. [If you want to remove the text on this page, select Your Text, delete it, and print. The large light blue box you see will not print.]

If you wish to change the font, color, and size, follow the directions below. You must use Adobe Reader DC which is free to  download from the web .  If you are having trouble opening this file in Adobe Reader, this link might help.

Directions for a PC

  • Download and save the PDF file. Open it in Adobe Reader DC. (To change the font, you cannot just click and open the file as usual.)
  • Select Your Text.
  • Click Control E and the text properties box will open.
  • In the font box, you will be able to change the font, the color of the font, and the size of the font.

Directions for a Mac

  • Download and save the file. Open it in Adobe Reader DC. Do not use Preview. (To change the font, you cannot just click and open the file as usual.)
  • Select Your Text.
  • Right click on the selected text.  A menu box will open. Select “Hyperlink.” [There is supposed to be a keyboard shortcut, but I don’t know what it is.]
  • The Form Field Text Properties menu will open. Select Font.
  • You can change the font, the color of the font, and the size of the font.

*If you try a font on you computer that will not print, try another more common one. There are some fonts that you might not be able to use due to licensing and embedding, that sort of thing. If you have a font that works well, please share it with us!

 

 

 

 

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Interval Worksheets

Today I am posting a set of interval worksheets for your students. They are fun to use in the summer because they feature treats that students enjoy in warm weather. Click on the name below each picture to print these worksheets. In Counting Intervals, below, beginning students learn how to count lines and spaces to discover how intervals are named.

Counting Intervals

Counting Intervals

In  Ice Cream Intervals, students will write the music alphabet using seconds, thirds, fourth, and fifths. This will be easier if students write the music alphabet on a blank sheet of paper as a guide.

Ice Cream Intervals

In  Identify Intervals, students will place a check on the ice cream cone next to the correct interval. Check out all the free worksheets in the Summer Treats series at this link.  

Identify Intervals

Sheet Music Sale

If you’re looking for some music for your students, I’m having a sale ($2.39 for a studio license) for four more days on four pieces of elementary and late elementary sheet music.  To see them go to my store here.  These are pieces I’ve used with my own students. They are “easy, sound hard pieces”, or music you can partly teach by rote. However, each piece has some challenge to improve their skills. Some of these have been posted before, but they are all updated in various ways and newly engraved to make them easier to read. Get them before they go back up!

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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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