Sunday, September 3, 2017
In my teaching I strive to instill a love of learning. I also strive to instill an independent learning ability in my students. One way to do that is to have them journal. Just to get them writing music down is good. It can be on any staff paper, and you could even make your own by drawing out the 5 lines. However, it is best to have it all in one concise place. Printed staff paper can get expensive, and it is often in loose sheets. Sometimes they have pre-punched holes to make it easier to put them into a 3 ring binder, which is helpful. These usually are a standard 8.5 x 11 size. Other staff paper booklets are small and don't leave much room for extra explanatory notes if needed.
At my local 5 Below retail store, they sell a music journal which I really like. It is bound well. The paper is bright, and it is neither too large nor too small. There is an ample amount of sheets so the student won't run out of paper too soon. The paper size is also 8.5 x 11, but it is landscape oriented (sideways) which I like better for a journaling application. It is $5 (or less)! It provides a very affordable tool to contribute to their learning of music. I am amazed actually that 5 Below sells them. It is cheap, but in this case you DON'T get what you pay for. You get something affordable, helpful, and creative!
The company that makes these wonderful music journals is called Piccadilly. Check them out at http://piccadillyinc.com/products/music-journals/