When I first started teaching I knew for a fact that my piano kids never cracked open their back and forth piano binders. Over the years I’ve tried many different things from sticky notes pasted right onto their piano sheet music to inventive ways of luring them to read my lesson notes. And while it’s certainly improved, I’m always looking for ways to change things up.
As you may have read on this blog before, I’m not a crafty person… so when I decided to take on this project for a few of my piano kids it was not without trepidation. But… I am a total computer geek and so with a little help from technology I was able to create something that I was happy with… and I’m sharing those piano printables with you today!
Keepsake Piano Binders; More Than Just Lesson Notes
This works great with 9-12 year old girls – they love the “secret notebook” idea and they were super excited about the prospect of making their piano back and forth book into a keepsake. With a few adjustments I also made it really appealing to boys of the same age.
Instead of just piano lesson notes, my piano keepsake books contain fun little cut-outs, opportunities for the students to be creative, places to remember special moments in their lessons, doodle spots and more! The sky’s the limit when creating these – they can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. The idea is to turn the back and forth book into something they not only use on a regular basis but that also acts as a kind of student assessment for parents and a way of displaying all of the cool projects that take place in your piano studio.
The best part…. you don’t need to do a thing! I just give my students a page with a theme to it and a small selection of cut-outs and they do the rest! They love to show me what they created the following week. And… because my lesson notes are there, they’ve read them! I’ve started using a laptop to type up student notes in the lesson so it’s literally a print/stick and they’re done.
Here’s a visual of just a few pages from my students’ books:
You can download some printables here (titles and cuties) to get you started, but your own can easily be created in any word document. Pepper your piano kids’ notebooks with photographs, anecdotes from your lesson time together, things they are proud of, student awards that you’ve bestowed etc. fun facts printed from the internet and more! You’ll probably find yourself enjoying the back-and-forth binder process much more as well.
The ultimate “secret notebook-style” piano resource is our “Shhhh… Your Piano Teacher Thinks This is Practice”. Your piano kids will be so excited to take home these 88 activities that will have them glued to their benches at home with delight!