Binder Calendar

Today I am posting an academic calendar for the school year 2012-2013. This year I drew one with a school varsity look. It is sometimes hard to come with an idea that is good for girls and boys ages 5 to 18! I try to avoid flowers and girly things so that boys will like it. The calendar has no music symbols on it, so it can also be a general use calendar.

In the center I list all their events for the year, including “memorize by” dates, group lessons, holidays, recitals, festivals, and tests. It is so helpful for planning out dates to memorize sections. It also helps my older students to set priorities, and even to schedule around school projects.

I like to put the calendar in the see through plastic cover on their binder so they can refer to it easily. (I request they use that kind of binder. They are always on sale at the beginning of the school year, so I often buy a few extra). If you use a spiral notebook, cut around the white space and tape or staple it to the notebook.

I suggest you center your name, phone number, and email address under the header in Times Roman font to coordinate with the calendar.

If you have trouble printing on templates, read on. If not, I hope you enjoy my calendar!


  • Print the PDF of my graphic and set it aside. You will need to have Adobe Reader installed, which is a free program to download from Adobe’s website. For best results, use the latest version.
  • Draw an X on a plain piece of paper. Put it in your printer and make note of what side your printer prints. It may take several tries. I suggest you write it down to keep for future use.
  • Open Word or another word processing program. In “Page Set Up” set the left and right margins to 2.5 inches (6.4 cm), the top margin to 1.6 inches (4.1 cm), and the bottom margin to 1 inch (2.5 cm). If you are not in North America, I hope you know how to adjust for A4 paper.
  • Type your events and adjust the spacing and font size to fit.
  • Remembering what side your printer prints on, insert my graphic into your printer.
  • Print a test copy, adjust the margins, and try again if necessary.
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