I started using weekly assignment sheets in my studio last year. I know from experience that written assignment sheets do not work for every student, but for most of my current students, they make a big difference in organizing home practice and keeping open communication with parents. Keeping a written record of projects, goals, and repertoire keeps all of us on the same page, even though we're only together for 30 minutes a week.
I thought it might be helpful to those of you considering using assignment sheets in your studio to have a roundup of some of the templates out there. For me, some of the key features of a weekly assignment sheets are:
- name and date (a way to personalize them for each student) - blocks for warm-ups or technic, a few repertoire pieces, and musicianship activities - a way to track practice time during the week
PianoPedagogy.org has a great post on using assignment sheets with several templates. In addition, Faber & Faber and Alfred have assignment books (I'm sure others do, as well). Some of these models include staff lines (for composition starters or warm-ups), the circle of fifths, keyboard legends (great for marking hand positions), and space to write messages to parents (and for parents to write messages to you!).
I used many of these models as inspiration for creating my own Piano Assignment Sheet last year. This is what I use with my students on a weekly basis. Enjoy!
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Every fall I revamp how I organize my piano student’s assignment binders… I’m always thinking about how I can make their assignment books more engaging, more efficient and more… well… used!
We’ve blogged before about creative ideas for assignment books, and if you too are looking to change up what you’re currently using for “back and forth books” you might want to check out the posts below.
5 Ways To Be Sure Your Lesson Notes Get Noticed
5 Ways to Efficiently Organize Piano Assignment Binders
Get Creative With Your Back and Forth Assignment Books
Here’s My Newest Piano Binder Additions
In previous years I had a pretty sterile looking lesson assignment sheet where I would write lesson notes. It was efficient for me… but it was bland and not the most kid-friendly design. I did often add cute little pictures and use colourful pens, but no matter what I did the page was still boring.
So, I spent some time this summer changing up my assignment page; paring it down to what I believed kids would actually read in an efficient and simple layout that is visually appealing and much cuter! I’m hoping this will help my students to be able to see “at a glance” what they need to be doing at home.
If you’d like to use my new assignment sheets you can find them here (colorful version for those who like that and ink-friendly version if you print large quantities of these).
This year I’m going to change these sheets up more frequently to keep the motivational ball rolling.
I’m also going to be creating different sheets for different “categories” of piano students. For instance, one of my little guys took one look at the page I handed him and requested a “Fearless Fortissimo” one instead (our comic-book based piano series for boys)… so if you also have Fearless Fanatics in your studio… here’s an assignment sheet for them too!
Cheers to happy piano binders that are used frequently! Enjoy 🙂
Update! … New Theme Pages for Different Seasons!
Halloween assignment page version 1
Halloween assignment page version 2
Winter assignment page version 1
Christmas assignment page version 1
Valentines day Assignment page
Spring assignment Page
Easter/Spring Assignment Page
Summer theme Assignment Page
Summer theme (Camping) Assignment Page
Looking to be able to add an image to your own? Here’s a new assignment sheet you can use. Save the image to your computer, open in any editing program, add any image to the top left corner and voila!