There are three times each year that the seasons give me a chance to feel refreshed and invigorated.
- The last week of May after the school year lesson schedule comes to an end and I’m preparing for a lighter summer schedule.
- The middle of August gearing up for Fall lessons to resume (this is the time I feel most refreshed and in order).
- NOW. The turn of the year when I have a chance to reflect and re-consider goals, organization, and life in general.
Many of us, during at least one of these three points in the year, realize it’s time to refresh and reorganize our studios.
January is one of my slower months of the year. It’s cold; there are no holidays, conferences, festivals, or recitals.
It’s the perfect time to rethink how you work including organizing your studio physically and digitally.
Evernote is the perfect program to help independent music teacher in this area. Today I’m going to walk you through the perfect little tool that will be your best friend on the internet and your mobile device for capturing and organizing life – the Evernote Web-Clipper.
When I first started teaching piano as an independent music teacher, I learned quickly there was more to the profession than being a pianist and pedagogue. I was managing a business and, in a way, people. Tasks like tracking student information, lesson plans, overall student progress, music to be ordered, recital participation and repertoire lists, became a big part of the job.
I would find myself unable to recall materials I needed to purchase when I happened by the music store unplanned.
Oodles of information and ideas in which I intently made notes during sessions at local, state, or national conferences found themselves in paper stacks, with never a second glance.
Valuable and detailed advice regarding iPad to midi capabilities I read in a Facebook thread were later fuzzy in my mind when I needed it most. When I tried to find it, the conversation found itself lost in a sea of never-ending social-media posts.
If you’re like me, you long for anything that will streamline the business side of what you do. While today’s digital world offers many tools and applications to help us manage and organize the tasks we juggle on a daily basis, there’s one that stands out: Evernote.