I’m back for my third and final installment on how to implement Evernote into your daily life as an independent music teacher.
While I say this is the “final” video in the series, I’m sure there will be much more on Evernote to come here on Piano Pantry as it’s a program for which I’m quite passionate. Can you tell?
This 3-part video series together is less than 40 minutes. If you’re like me, you listen to single podcasts that are longer than that! Most of us likely spend 30-40 minutes each evening watching a show or video to chill-out. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of us also spend that much time daily reading blogs or posts on Facebook piano teacher groups.
I can promise that if you give those 30-40 minutes just one day to watching the series, it could potentially change the way you handle and organize your studio forever. A strong statement, I know, but I believe it with my whole heart and well, if you know me, you know that for the most part, I say what I feel!
Evernote Part 3:
Account Features, Tagging & More!
The following is a breakdown of what you will see in part 3.
A brief explanation of the available desktop client, web client, and app.
How I use Evernote compared to Notepad, Dropbox, iCloud, and Google Drive.
Features and demonstration of the three account levels and key features I use the most including forwarding emails directly into Evernote, the powerful PDF and office search functionality, and presentation mode.
Integrated Apps: Skitch, Scannable, Web Clipper, and Penultimate including short iPhone and iPad demonstrations.
Three reasons and demonstration of why I believe using tags to organize Evernote is better than using individual Notebooks.
Layout options, creating shortcuts, and sequential ordering of notes using symbols, numbers, and letters.
Other Posts on Using Evernote by Teachers
While I may be one of the first piano teachers to do an in-depth tutorial like this (correct me if I’m wrong!), I’m certainly not the first piano teacher to talk about the benefits of Evernote.
Check out what others have said over the past few years:
Apps I Use at Every Lesson
*Sample lesson note template.
Music Teachers Helpers Blog (Leila Viss)
Evernote – How to Track Your Students’ Progress
Advancing Musician (Marko Zirkovich)
Evernote: A Fabulous Free App for Lesson Planning
Music Matters Blog (Natalie Weber)
How to Use Evernote to Track Student Progress and Send Lesson Notes
The Collaborative Piano Blog (Chris Foley)
Indispensables of Piano Teaching #5 – Evernote
Piano Teacher Camp (Elizabeth Gutierrez)
Organize Your Projects with Evernote
Cult of Pedagogy (Jennifer Gonzalez)
Tracking Progress of Piano Students
Color in My Piano (Joy Morin)
My Evernote Education
Michael Hyatt was a big player in my “Evernote self-education” over the last few years. I took what I learned from him and developed a system that worked for my profession.
Check out Michael Hyatt’s posts on Evernote including 12 Surprising Ways to Use Evernote You Might Not Have Considered, How I Use Evernote: A Peek Into My Personal System, and Getting the Most Out of Evernote [Podcast]
A quote from him hits home with why using a program like this in this day and age is so important:
Information you can’t find or use isn’t information. It’s noise.
(If you’re interested in going a step further with Evernote, you may also consider checking out the Evernote App Center which has useful apps and products that integrate with Evernote.)
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!