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Bind Printed Music and Turn Wrinkled Sheet Music into Something Beautiful

I’ve been asked several times over the last few months about how to keep student’s printed music (from studio licenses) from looking like a wrinkled, chocolate-stained mess. It’s a valid question and I thought it would be fun to answer it in a video!

After you watch, be sure to scroll down for a FREE set of covers!

How to preserve, store, and bind printed music from digital license | composecreate.com

Here’s What Is Mentioned in the How To Bind Printed Music Video:

GBC Binding Machine – I feel like I’ve gotten my investment back many times over because I can use this for assignment journals, summer camps, Rhythm Menagerie, and more. It’s easy to open and close and even re-open to add things.  I believe it is the best tool to bind printed music for yourself.

GBC Binding Spines 5/16 inch – These are slightly smaller than what I show in the video. They store 45 sheets of paper

GBC Binding Spines 1/2 inch – These are the ones that I show in the video. They store 85 sheets of paper.

Cover Stock Parchment Paper – You can also find this at Staples and other office supply stores.

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Here is some of our most popular digital studio licensed music (they also come as prints). Purchase the studio license for each piece and you can make as many prints as you need for your students as long as you teach!

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21 Comments

  1. Rebecca U September 22, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    How well do the spirals hold up against abuse from the students?

  2. Wendy Stevens September 22, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Good question, Rebecca. They have had no trouble holding up to my students’ use. Maybe some other teachers who use this system can also comment.

  3. Christie September 23, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Thank You Wendy! I’ve been researching binding machines for weeks now and haven’t found one suitable partly because of cost, but mostly because of permanence. I can’t believe I never came across the ProClick binder. I just ordered one and can’t wait to give it a go! Thanks again for all you do to bring us inspiration and useful tools.

  4. Ginny Godsey September 23, 2015 at 7:44 am

    How easy is to turn pages, especially in the middle of a song?

  5. Wendy Stevens September 23, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Good question, Ginny. It’s very easy. With all binders, you just have to remember not to overstuff them. You’ll notice on the links I provided above that there is a page capacity. So, as long as it’s below that page capacity, you’ll be fine. I tend to like the bigger of the 2 sizes because it takes a while to fill it and ensures that turning is super easy.

  6. Leonore September 23, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Do you know if you can use this tool to re-bind your books of sacred piano arrangements that are falling apart? The pages are somewhat bigger (9 x 11.75) overall than standard printer paper (8.5 x 11).

  7. Barbara September 23, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Hi Wendy,
    This is a great, reasonably-priced, flexible solution. Thanks for bringing it to our attention! As you say, I’m sure the students will think it’s great fun, always a plus at piano lessons. And thanks for the covers, they are wonderful!

  8. Wendy Stevens September 23, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Hi Leonore,

    Let’s see. I just checked and the hole punching machine only fits 11 inch music. So, unless they have a bigger one, then no, it wouldn’t worked with the bigger sheet music. Just 8.5×11 paper.

  9. Johanna September 23, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Can you use wire coil binding with this machine too? I’m thinking a few of my students are pretty rough and tough on books and wire might hold up better.
    I love this idea and will purchase one of theses machines. Thanks for the tip!

  10. Wendy Stevens September 23, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Hi Johanna,

    I don’t think they have wire binding with this machine because the beauty of it is that it can zip and unzip which I don’t think they could do very well with wires. I think this particular machine only works with the plastic ones that I have listed above. But they are pretty strong. It’s not like the old plastic flimsy binding they used to use a lot.

  11. Johanna September 23, 2015 at 10:19 am

    What a great idea! I use a binder system for most of the year, which works, but isn’t super special. This would be great for binding some of the collections of music I’ve bought in the last year. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Emily September 23, 2015 at 11:06 am

    One of my kiddos has a black lab who got ahold of her Christmas book! There was a bite taken out of the front cover! Yikes!!

    Thanks for the advice Wendy!

  13. Laura September 23, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I have had this system for about a year. I use it when I want to collect music or themed handouts together in a book for students. The coils are very sturdy and mine have held up nicely.

  14. Sally September 24, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    The worse printed music that came into my studio was one that had been run over by a car – a couple of times! Lovely tire tracks!! Love this idea!

  15. esther September 24, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks Wendy, I never thought of takind advantage of the refillable capability of these bindings! I prefer this method to placing sheets in binders because it’s hard to write on the pages since they don’t lay flat, and the rings get in the way. The worst is using plastic sheet protectors in binders – then you can’t write on the pages without having to take the sheet out, etc.

    Sometimes I print short public domain pieces for my students directly onto cardstock (from old certificates) so they’re more durable. Probably my favorite method is taping single sheets DIRECTLY onto the front inside cover and title pages of students’ repertoire books – there are usually a few pages you can use for this purpose. That way everything’s together, nice and safe. You can also do the same on manila folders, and kids can decorate the cover.

    BTW, my 6 yo student and I LOVE “There Is Something In My Piano” – I bought the studio license. Very cute and inventive, though I might change the words for m. 26-30 to “waiting in the crack of F and A and even E” with your permission. : )

  16. esther September 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Oh, I forgot to mention that I’ve had students literally tell me their dog ATE their music – with the bite marks to prove it.

  17. Sarah September 29, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Hi, Wendy! I love the easy aspect of this binding machine! Do you know if it binds thicker papers like card stock or laminated papers?

  18. Wendy Stevens September 29, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Sarah,

    Card stock, yes, but obviously not many can be punched at the same time. I kind of doubt laminated papers could. I wouldn’t try and it and haven’t because I don’t want to dull the punching apparatus.

    Hope that helps!

  19. Debra September 29, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    That’s the exact setup I have had for years, and as for durability I’ve never had a spine break yet. I do have 2 other binding systems, but I don’t usually use them for students because I love the ability of the proclick to add pages.

  20. Carol Hibbard October 9, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks for these covers, Wendy. I’ve been using the pro-click system for a couple of years, thanks to your suggestion. For making the cover a little sturdier for students, I have been using up some old overhead projector clear plastic sheets. They go through the machine one at a time just fine, and it really helps keep things clean. Used it on my rhythm menagerie books, and they held up a lot better.

  21. Jenna March 9, 2016 at 12:01 am

    I am SUPER excited to have come across this! Thank you for the great video tutorial and recommendation. I need to look at this past years’ bank statement to see how much I’ll save by printing and binding music myself. Not to mention the time I’ll save going to and from Staples. Bonus!

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