Assignment books have become a staple part of my piano studio. Each year, I create and print a new assignment book for my students to use all year long.
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I’ve tried teaching without an assignment book before, but honestly, I feel really lost without them. And, I notice that my students are far less focused too.
Writing assignments down help both me and my students keep track of what we’re working on and how our lesson was spent. They also keep parents in the loop so that they can check in at home.
I always design my assignment sheet pages in a chart format where students receive a list of songs or tasks to practice then they check them off each day that they practice.
If a student has filled out the assignment sheet before they come to their lesson, it gives me a really quick snapshot of what has happened at home and I can quickly decide how to best use our lesson time. I don’t have to spend time trying to guess if the student practiced, listening to excuses why they didn’t practice or figuring out what happened since I saw them last. They are also a convenient spot for me and parents to write notes to each other.
Another reason I find them helpful is that they serve as a record for what a student has accomplished throughout the year. I often find myself flipping back through early pages to take note of when we started a certain piece, where we left off before a break or as a reminder of what a student has learned this year.
Several years ago, I purchased this comb binding machine so that I could make my own assignment books from scratch. I found the the investment paid off within the first year that I used it. I would have paid the same amount to have a copy shop bind the books for me that year. I use this pocket as the back cover so that students can keep stray papers in their assignment books.
Having a comb binding machine at home is super convenient if I need to quickly put together new books for new students. I’m also always using it to assemble ebooks and downloaded sheet music, for myself and for my students, so it’s definitely worth it to have around.
Last year, we used 1/2-inch binders to hold our assignment books and it worked just as well. I liked that we could add pages throughout the year and it definitely held me to save on paper since I didn’t have to pre-fill them with pages. Instead, I would just add a new page each week.
If you need to shake up your piano assignment routine this year, I’d love to share my monster themed assignment book with you.
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Head over to the Pianissimo Store to check out some other clever assignment book designs. All of them are reproducible so you can make as many copies as you would like.