|What's in my cupboard?|
Its funny, but I go into the stores and utter the same complaints everyone else does....."are you kidding? School JUST started and Halloween stuff is out ALREADY??"
(But I'll walk into Music & Arts in August and ask, "Where's all the Halloween music"?
Ok, so its never too early. I give my kids their Halloween songs in late September to give them a few weeks to work on them. Right now I'm figuring out who gets which song.
I have a wonderful collection of Halloween songs. And then I always find more great Halloween songs inside lesson books and other non-Halloween material.
Rummaging through piles of books every year (including lesson books and everywhere else I find creepy music) is time consuming.
So now I gather them all into one place.
I photocopy every single song as I find them throughout the year and put them into Halloween Notebooks. I have 3 notebooks arranged by (very) basically 3 levels; A for Beginner level pieces, B for Advancing Beginner's pieces, and for Intermediate/Advanced pieces.
Inside the notebook, I put alphabet dividers and insert the songs by title.
Then, on an excel spreadsheet, I list every song by title, composer, and A, B, or C.
Here, I had them highlighted by level, but with the spreadsheet, separating the lists by level for each binder is a breeze. But its still nice to have a "master list".
So now when we pick Halloween party songs (we call choosing recital songs "going shopping" around here), I only need to grab one notebook for that student's level and we can quickly pick what they want to play!