What’s the best way to organise piano teaching games? Do you use folders, boxes, a filing cabinet?
I used to struggle with a variety of different storage systems. Boxes, folders and containers ended up in disarray every time.
I tried everything I could think of and all had their faults, until I settled on my current combination of files and folders.
I have landed on this simple system to organise piano teaching games that is flexible enough to work for the huge variety of games I use and make…but structured enough that it doesn’t become unruly.
What You Need
That’s it. That’s all you need for this uber cheap system to organise piano teaching games.
How to Label and Store Piano Teaching Games
Step 1: The cover
Grab one of the full sheet labels and print the cover of the game.
All my game covers have the concepts covered in the game clearly marked in the same way at the top. If I’m using a game from someone else I always add this in just the same way at the top too.
Having this kind of consistency is very important when you want to grab a game while also listening to your student’s fascinating story about their pet hamster.
Once the cover is printed stick it straight on the front of the plastic folder, taking care that the opening is at the right side (or left if you prefer – just make it the same every time).
Step 2: Gather all the “bits”
Print out all the other parts of the game, laminating and cutting as needed. Then gather together everything else that is needed to play the game such as counters, dice or other bits and pieces.
Place these and the game instructions inside the folder so everything is always ready to go.
Et voilà! Your new game is beautifully stored and ready to go.
…But now you have a bunch of loose games that can end up all over your studio.
How to Organise Piano Teaching Games
Step 3: Decide on categories
Clear a space on a shelf, a cubby hole or a table. How many magazine files can you fit there?
However many it is, that’s the number of categories you can have. Take a look at the piano teaching games you have and come up with general categories to divide them into.
Here are the categories I use:
- Key names & finger numbers
- Landmark notes, steps & skips
- Rhythm & note values
- Note names (bass C to treble C)
- Note names (full staff)
Once you have your categories it’s just a matter of printing labels for your magazine files and sorting your games into each file.
I love these types of labels (on the IKEA magazine files) because you can change your mind about the categories later as your library grows or your teaching space changes.
Step 4: Keep them organised
Make it a priority to put things back where they belong.
With this system it literally takes two seconds to put a game back in its place – so do it! I know how tempting it is to finish teaching and just close the door on the studio and head to the couch…but you will thank yourself if you take that extra moment to put everything back first.
How do you organise piano teaching games?
I know my system isn’t the only one that would work. But I do get a lot of questions about it so I thought I’d share.
Now it’s your turn! Tell me how you store your games and whether it’s working well in the comments or in the Vibrant Music Studio Teachers community on Facebook.