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.
One of my passions besides teaching piano and cooking is organization and productivity. I’m continually looking for ways to improve, streamline, and simplify what I do on a daily basis.
Evernote entered my life in 2012 – I can’t say enough about what it’s done for me personally and professionally. I have spent years learning, developing, and tweaking Evernote. I’ve read everything the Evernote gurus wrote, then took their suggestions and modified it for my personal workflow.
My dear independent music teacher colleagues, I truly believe that understanding the capabilities, and thus possibilities of incorporating this program into your daily lives will open up a new world of content management, organization, and productivity, thus freeing you to do what you do best: teach.
This series has been on my heart and mind for months and has been a long-time coming. I can’t wait to help you along your journey!
Evernote Part 1: Studio Organization
In this first video, I will be sharing how I use and organize Evernote specifically for my studio. The following is a brief breakdown of what you will find in the video:
Brief welcome – what this video is about.
General description and layout of the program.
Specific details on the layout and tagging system I use for my studio and how you can make it work for you. I’ll walk you through the specific tags I use such as apps, composition, music lab, newsletter and more.
Within this section: Details on how I use Evernote to organize my newsletter. Also, ordering notes within a tag using symbols, numbers, and letters.
Tracking active and inactive student details including the various types of notes I keep for students. I show how I keep student entry forms, repertoire lists, recital participation, evaluation notes, and more.
Mentioned in the video:
The post I referenced by Joy Morin in regards to my inspiration for the layout of individual student notes can be found here: Tracking Progress of Piano Students.
More to Come!
In videos to follow, I’ll talk you through Evernote’s different accounts levels and how it’s laid out in a little more detail including its amazing search-ability. I’ll also show you why I believe tags are a better way to organize than notebooks and will walk you through some of the integrated apps and the amazing functions of the web clipper.
Let me know how it’s going and any questions you may have for upcoming posts/videos by commenting below.
If you’ve never tried Evernote, or you already use it and are thinking of upgrading to a Plus or Premium account, sign up using this link and I’ll give you free access to a shared notebook I created for Independent Music Teachers that includes several templates you may find useful in your day-to-day studio-organizing!