Welcome back to Day 2 of my 3-part Work Section post. Let’s jump right in.
Planning my learning is huge part of my Filofax being functional. I have a semi-complicated system, but it totally works for me. I’ve designed pages of learning charts, this one is for shorter, smaller works- like song cycles, arias, or Oratorio pieces:
I assign each part of the piece a “Tab”- if it’s a song cycle, like one of these, then each song is the section title. Then, each page within a section gets it’s own box on the chart. This way, I check off pages as they’re learned- oftentimes singers know the beginning of a piece better than the end because they always START their learning at the beginning. Makes sense, right? But not when you already know the first two pages- start on page 3! This way I can focus my learning time on the pages of music I know that I DON’T know and need the most work.
Above is my learning chart* for Handel’s “Messiah” (in tabs) and then below is Libby Larsen’s “Try Me, Good King” cycle that I’m working on for a recital next year. The song titles are the “tabs” in that case. And once again, if you’ll notice, the color pen I use for these charts corresponds to the overview stick-in, the learning chart AND (you knew it was coming!) the color of highlighter I use in my actual score.
You already knew I was a nerd. 🙂
*I also have a full-page version of this for opera roles- they often times range in over 200 pages of music to learn, and I need more tabs & more boxes for pages!
The other page I’m showing you today is my brainstorming page. I use this for planning Concerts, Recitals, and just general thinking about repertoire that is all grouped together in the same performance.
I didn’t design this page- although I probably should do one!- I just cut down a “Project” page that I found somewhere to fit my Personal Filofax.
And decorated it!
That’s all for today.