Exercise Book Alternative

Over the last 15 years of teaching piano, I have been writing down assignments on students' notebooks. Last week I decided to change this habit and use email instead.
I have been emailing assignments to students from my iPad and it saves a lot of lesson time.

I use two iPad apps during lessons for this purpose:

1. Teacher Pal (I could write a whole post just on this app)

2. Email

I created 6 classrooms on TeacherPal. One for each day of the week I teach.

Next, I created an account for each student in each classroom. I took a photo of each student.

I then, individualized each students' account. This took ages to do but once it's all set up, only minor changes are needed week to week.

At the end of the lesson, I send a copy of my comments, suggestions and assignments to the student.

The great thing about email is that I can attach audio files to student emails. Last night, I video recorded a section of music (with iPad) that the student was playing incorrectly and attached it to his email. General knowledge information such as composer biographies can be copied and pasted straight from the internet.
This is something I would not be able to do in an exercise book!


  1. This is a great idea but only useful if you're teaching from home or have a laptop where you teach (which I, sadly, do not have the pleasure of either). I'll remember it if I ever get one though!

  2. I finally got a laptop - thanks to my sister who graciously gave me her old one. But I also have started using Music Teachers Helper (musicteachershelper.com) and it sort of works the same way as Teacher Pal except it is made, obviously, specifically for music teachers (private lesson format). It also keeps track of all of the billing and records everything you could imagine - including doing reports for parents so they can have an invoice for tax purposes. I recommend you check it out.