Color Code Assignments
Does it amaze you how often your music students will arrive at a lesson and be unsure what was expected of them between lessons? Although it STILL happens despite my best efforts, the occurrence of students (and parents) being ill-informed is by far the exception and not the rule. Here's some strategies that help students and parents stay on top of assignments between lessons.
1) Lesson Notes
Thanks to using www.MusicTeachersHelper.com for many years, after a lesson is completed, it must be "reconciled" on my website calendar which means I mark it "attended" "missed" or "ignore." There is also space for lesson notes and therefore each student receives notes written by me about the lesson and assignments.
Here's one blog explaining more about how I set my studio apart with lesson notes.
2) Assignment Sheets
All student assignments are written in Google sheets and emailed home to the parents and to the student if he/she as an email address. Read more here.
As students are assigned various pieces, I use tabs the same color as the lesson heading, so that students know exactly what page(s) to practice for that week.
When there are tricky spots that demand SP3X practice or "special practice three times" these are indicated with my favorite--Post-it Arrows.
The colorful post-its in various shapes and sizes populate students books with special notes from their teacher. I place them directly on the page, so they must be moved in order to read the music score--in hopes that they will be read.
6) Pens and Highlighters
You guessed it, I also have matching pens and highlighters AND mechanical pencils to write notes for the week.
I spoil my students and yes, it's official, I'm crossing the line into OCD as my candy selections also match the color of the week.
8) Dress Code
Although I don't require one, I've had students intentionally dress according to the color of the week--always makes my day!
With all this color coding, it would be hard to miss an assignment. It still happens BUT, less and less.
Comments, Suggestions? Would love to hear your colorful ideas!