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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Handbooks for the Studio!

Years ago, I made several wise purchasing decisions for my studio, and I am so glad that I did! I have found incredible uses for my binding machine and my laminating machine.

I finished making new student handbooks for my studio. As you can see from the photo, these are very colorful handbooks. I used my old Ibico binding machine, 1/4" plastic binding combs (black and white), and fabulous neon-colored cardstock covers that had a different color on each side. My students loved the new books, not only for the colorful pages and covers, but also because of the fabulous handbook pages contained within the practice workbooks! My students were actually happy to return to this record keeping system. One student who had never used a handbook before (I am the first private lesson teacher she has ever had), immediately understood the value of such a handbook to help her organize her practice time and to build consistency (bright young middle school student!).

color handbooks for music students
Student Handbooks
If you are interested in the handbook page template that I use, email me your request, and I'm happy to provide you with a link to it.

Here is where I got the fabulous colored covers:

And here is another one from Astrobright:

Here is a simple laminating machine. I use mine to make checklists, signs for the studio, and simple review charts or game boards. Once something is laminated, I can use a dry erase marker, which is easily wiped off later. Students enjoy using these special charts.

My favorite studio machine tool is my binding machine. I cannot find my brand anymore; guess it is old now. There are several models on the market now, and here is a less expensive model. I used 1/4 inch binding combs for the handbooks.

And for the 1/4 inch binding comb: click here.

I hope you have as much fun with these handbooks as I did. My students love them!

Happy Practicing!

----- Paula -----

© 2016 by Paula E. Bird

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