Note Binder Cover

I was driving in downtown a while back and when I stopped at a red light I saw a large music graphic painted on the side of a building. It had colorful notes that were giant circles, not ovals like I usually draw. I liked the way the circles made it look like the music was just rolling along.

When I got home, I was inspired by the round notes so I drew some circles using colors that would appeal to my older students. I made a digital scrapbook background with the brush tool  (a hobby of mine) and before long I had another assignment binder cover that my students really like.

In addition to the cover, I have a 2011-2012 calendar using this same theme and I will post it in a few days when I get some spare time to polish it up.  You can subscribe to my blog if you want to keep up when I post it.

Do you use binders or spiral assignment books? Spiral notebooks fit so well on the piano and parents like them better. But binders are so much more flexible and you can add theory sheets and music.  Let’s take a poll. (It is completely anonymous and you will not be identified, so go ahead and make my day by voting!)

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12 thoughts to “Another Cover for Your Student’s Binder

  • patsteinway

    I love it the more I look at it. I can’t draw, but am around enough artists to appreciate the design. The shadowing adds a neat effect as well. You’ve been inspiring me to rethink my assignment book and try a binder.

  • Spring

    LOVE this design- thanks so much for sharing! I tweaked my assignment sheet that I use after seeing yours this summer, too. Thanks for spreading your inspiration!

  • zerobitjack

    Beautiful cover!

  • Roxane Lee

    Thank you for posting this design. I’ll use it for my students’ practice binders this year.

  • amy hill

    Just found your blog today Susan! I love it, thanks for sharing all your ideas and worksheets, etc. I just started teaching piano lessons over the summer to beginners and have loved it! I will be visiting you regularly for sure!

  • Shauna

    Love it!

  • Darlene Kliewer

    A beautiful sheet. Thank you. As for binders, my students use both. A notebook with plastic sheet covers for their sheet music, and circle of 5th, music dictionary, scale fingering etc etc and a notebook to hold worksheets, game sheets, tests etc. I let them choose their own notebook at their first lesson, but they must buy their own notebook and plastic covers. A one time fee covers the paper notebooks and other items.

  • Joanne

    Your new graphic is beautiful ! It is amazing was a different ‘feel’ the round notes give. You may have started a whole new craze.

    • susanparadis

      I’m glad you like my design. Sometimes it takes a little courage to post them! It’s even harder to post music!

  • Marion

    Hi Susan;
    Could you send out this lovely binder cover with only the word “music” on the cover? My students use their binder for extra songs and worksheets. They each have a small notebook for their weekly assignments.


  • Whitney

    Very nice looking. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • susanparadis

      I’m glad you like it!

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