As a performance student I like markings to be made on my sheet music for identifying parts of the score that need extra attention. As a teacher I like to do the same – circling, underlining, writing tips, drawing asterisks and directing with arrows. In contrast I also want to keep my music clean and ‘as new’, very proud of the fact that, other than losing some music books due to flood damage, I still own in good condition almost every piece that has ever been added to my library.

Using a pencil has always worked for me and I expect became a habit knowing that close to exam time all markings would need to be erased. Still, I wasn’t satisfied. I love colour and I’ve found students respond well to it.  A favourite workshop activity of ours is using coloured pencils, felt pens, crayons and highlighters to locate signs and terms on a throwaway scanned page. Then, while attending a teaching seminar, I was very excited to learn of the existence of highlighter tape! I immediately researched availability and purchased a small pack of refills to see how it would work in my studio. My students really enjoyed choosing a colour (“all blue” or “all of the colours”  being the most popular requests), cutting the required length, positioning it for themselves and even removing the tape when a prompt was no longer needed. A successful addition to my stash of stationery supplies……until more often than not the rolls of tape rolled away and ‘disappeared’. Time to get organised and seek out a practical storage solution for this great resource. In a box with a pair of scissors? On a memo/receipt spike with a safety cover? Both cheaper alternatives although less ‘perfect’ than the dispenser I finally settled  on.

Although I’m not ready to pack away my pencil and eraser yet, and words will always be necessary for specific instructions, I’m looking forward to introducing a little brightness to our pages once again.

And nothing says “this is the same chord with the same fingers” better than two strips of purple highlighter tape 🙂


6 comments on “Organisation

  1. oh wow i need this stuff. where do you get it??

    • susankayej says:

      Hi Kylie, I just added a link above (wasn’t working for me earlier). This includes the dispenser AND the tape so quite costly. My back to term treat 🙂 If you internet search highlighter tape you will find places where the tape is sold in individual colours with a sticky tape type of dispenser. Spied some on ebay too. It’s excellent stuff!

  2. deb says:

    Oooh i want some of this. Didnt know it existed.

  3. Beth Tadeson says:

    I like to use Crayola “Erasables” pencil crayons

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