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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18 Responses to 2014-2015 Calendar, Key Signature Chart, and Reminder Cards

  1. Megan

    Thank you so much for all your resources!

  2. Wendy Harvey

    Thank you for all of the wonderful resources, Susan! One suggestion for your key signatures – my students prefer this rhyme:
    Father Christmas Gave Dad An Electric Blanket
    Blanket Explodes And Dad Gets Cold Feet!
    It’s just more fun, and therefore more memorable!

  3. Leslie S.

    Love it! What is the original program you use to design this? I see this format from my children’s schools and I think it’s the most brilliant way to get a full picture of the school year! Thank you so much for all the inspiration you give!

    • Susan Paradis

      Thank you, Leslie. I do not have a program that makes calendars,so I drew in all the dates and made the design myself in Photoshop.

  4. Just was checking in to see if you had the new year ready! You are awesome!!!

  5. Which size ring binder do you use and where do you purchase them? Thanks for all you do for us.

    • Susan Paradis

      Diane, I use a regular 1 inch school binder for 8.5 x 11 paper. I print my assignment pages on both sides, and I put holes in both sides so I just have to flip it over. That saves a lot of paper, too. Maybe some other teachers can chime in on how they use binders and what size they use. I found a 1/2 inch binder was not big enough, and the 1 1/2 inch binder is harder to put on the piano.

      • I feel the same about size. 1in. is the best! I agree…once you use a clear cover binder, no going back to assignment pads. Tabs are great too to organize sheets better! Doing a new cover sheet freshens up the binder year after year!

  6. Sara Rigby

    All good stuff as always. Thankyou. I don’t suppose you have made a leaflet saying ” you now owe me x number of pounds”. !!!
    Loving the putting in the finger numbers for scales , and swatting the fly notation cards causes much enthusiasm …. I lay out the cards on my piano stool , and as the card is swat ….. A great plume of dust emerges adding to the interest 🙂
    Sara x

    • Susan Paradis

      Sara, I actually had a printable for students to take to their parents to remind them piano tuition was due. But my site is so big, I was having trouble keeping it from crashing, so I deleted some items a few days ago, and that was one of them! I’m glad they like the fly swatting!

  7. What a great idea!

  8. Thanks for a more organized start to the school year!

  9. Marilyn Brennan

    Beautiful plan in so many ways! Thank you.

  10. Thanks, Susan! I’ve enjoyed using these the last few years.

    • Susan Paradis

      Anna, I’ll keep posting them every year. It’s hard to find a calendar in this format!