Before writing anything in your book, make color photocopies and/or scan a copy of the first page of table of contents. Things will change over time, and the erasing and writing in again just starts to look dingy.
- Make a list of all the pieces you plan on including. Then organize this list in the following alphabetical manner
1. Composer Last Name 2. Opera 3. Aria Title.
I have asked dozens of pianists what way they would like to see a book organized if they had a choice, this is the most common answer, and one that they almost never see. When they do, they always seem very pleased with it.
- Print or Photocopies all of your arias and songs.
I have had enough students come in with poorly photocopied music that I feel I need to give a little tutorial on how to make the copies.
Count the number of pages of the piece and figure what is the least amount of page turns. Arrange the music with as few page turns as necessary. This means in a 4 page piece, there should only be one page turn, between page 2 and 3. I realize
Make the copies double sided. If you can't then use scotch tape and tape the upper and lower corners of the music to make them double sided.
Do not under any circumstances use staples.
Do not use clear vinyl sheet protectors. If you are asked specifically to use the clear plastic sheet protectors, take the time and money to make a separate book specifically for that person with the covers. Most pianists do not want nor appreciate them.
Do not under any circumstances use staples. should i write that again?
Now all that is left to put the music in the binder, in the right order…
but I have 3 binders….
So in your's, aka the work book. You have the music, you should also include in there: translations, ipa, research notes, notes on character, interpretation, etc
in all the others you should just have the music, clearly marked. any cuts, tempos, etc all clearly marked. Don't include anything in there that you don't want to do..
let me elaborate on that for a minute. In an audition book, you should only include arias and songs you are feeling ready to sing and present. It has happened in auditions that they want to hear something else, and pianists have gone through and offered pieces they find in the auditioners book. Yes this has happened. If you only include copies of music you want to offer, then there is no problem. If on the other hand, you start to include songs you are working on, then all of the sudden, they could ask for something that you don't actually know yet.
My answer is simple. The workbook, is the complete and total copy of what you have. Keep the numbers the same on the other copy, but only include the songs you want to on the list… if this means that of your 31 dividers you only have 4 things in that book and the rest are blank, that is totally cool.