I'm relatively organized when it comes to keeping my sheet music collection in order. I have everything separated by type into labeled magazine boxes and keep them in alphabetical order.
That's not to say that half my bookshelf doesn't end up in scattered piles each and every week.
But at least everything has a place!
Some of my most-used, most-cherished items, however, live in their own, disorganized pile.
- Handouts and exercises given to me by teachers during lessons, workshops, or master classes.
- Exercises that have been generously shared online by their authors, such as those by the Self-Inspired Flutist.
- My own hand-written notes on exercises that have been passed along through word-of-mouth by various teachers.
They are so special and so loved because of the memories and associations attached to them.
For this reason, I decided to compile them all into one, protected packet.
I can easily have them with me in my bag or on my stand with no worries of losing one of the sheets or wrinkling the pages.
What's in my Holy Grail Packet?
- My favorite warm-up by Dr. Terri Sanchez.
- An incredible, completely hand-written packet from Judy Mendenhall from ARIA 2010, containing tone and technique exercises and breathing scales.
- Handouts from Peggy Vagts, my undergraduate professor, with her beautiful hand-written notes on Taffanel & Gaubert exercises, double-tonguing, and more.
- Two more favorite handouts from the Self-Inspired Flutist: Virtuoso Vocals and Haunting Harmonics.
- Hand-written notes on Moyse's Etudes et Exercices Techniques and the Bach Studies from inspiring lessons with my grad school professor, Eva Amsler.
- Handouts and exercises from Body Mapping lessons with Vanessa Breault Mulvey.
- Samuel Baron's Low Register Exercises and Arpeggio Vocalise from Amy Porter at ARIA.
Do you have a collection of treasured handouts? Are there exercises that live in your head that you'd like to have on paper?
Compile your handouts, write or type out notes, and transcribe exercises that aren't yet on paper. You may wish to scan and re-print handouts onto a new sheet of paper.
Write or type them out in order on the Contents sheet. You can even number the pages or add tabs to make it easier to find what you're looking for.
Use a standard binder with a three-hole punch or page protectors, or have your packet spiral bound with a protective cover and backing.
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