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.
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!
- 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!