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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! ūüôā

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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2014-2015 Calendar, Key Signature Chart, and Reminder Cards


2014-2015 Calendar Set

Calendar 2014-2015

It’s time to start planning for fall semester lessons. An organized studio is a happy¬†studio where parents and students know well in advance what is coming up!

There are 3 pages in this document, a calendar, a matching key signature chart and a set of reminder snail-mail postcards.

This 2014-2015 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

After you print the calendar, measure where you would like to set your margins in a word processing program like Word or Pages. Here are the margins I used:

  • Left – 2.50
  • Right – 1. 25
  • Top – 1. 25
  • Bottom – .75

Calendar Binder Cover

However, the margins are going to depend on your printer and the font size you choose. I suggest using only one font with a size of around 11. The above photo uses 11 point Arial.

In the first line, I put my studio email address. In the second line, I added my phone number where parents can text me if they are running late. Skip several lines and start your studio schedule on the left margin. When you finish, go back and center the headings. I also increased the font size and changed the color.

After printing the calendars, place them in the see-through cover of the student’s binder.¬†On the back of the binder, you can insert the key signature chart. I always feel like the more they see it, the more familiar it becomes.

Once you get used to using binders with your students, you will never want to use any other kind of assignment book. You can use dividers for music, scales, theory, downloads from the web, etc. Feel free to use my assignment pages, found here, Assignment Page, and the one for young students here, Assignment Page for Young Students.

Now when your forgetful students ask, “When does my sonatina have to be memorized?” or “What day is the theory test?” tell them to look on their binder. They usually say rather sheepishly, “Oh, yeah.”

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Major Key Signatures

 

Key Signature Chart

Major Key Signature Chart

I’m a visual person. I can’t learn anything unless I can visualize it in my head in an organized way. That must be why I am continually making charts and handouts for my students.¬† I received some requests for more key signature charts so here is another one¬†I use a lot.¬†I use the sentence “Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle” for sharps, and for flats I use “Battle Ends And Down Goes Charles Father”.¬†Learning aids such as this that can be said forward and backwards teach the student about the circle of 5ths. ¬†I¬† try to make it clear that¬†the sentences are just one way of moving by 5ths, because keys move by 5ths.

Blank Major Key Signature Chart

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This one is blank and I make a lot of copies for students to write out the chart many times. As I¬†tell my students,¬† it doesn’t do any good to have a chart if you can’t write it yourself.

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