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Best Graphic Design Options for Music Teachers

January 8, 2019

 

Want to design something snazzy for your music studio but don’t know where to start? Even if you don’t have a lot of design experience, it's still possible to create a really clean design without much effort. Here are our top graphic design suggestions, starting with the easiest and least expensive options and moving up to more complex solutions:

 

Recruit a Student

Asking a student to help you do a design can be one of your most savvy options. Several of my students have wanted opportunities to not only showcase their skills but also build their portfolios and fulfill service learning credits for school organizations. Not only were the designs really awesome, but it was free for me! It was a win-win for everyone.

 

Cost: Free

How we used it: Cover art for recital programs

 

Here is a design a student created for our "Around the World on 88 Keys" recital:

Canva

If you want to create your own high-quality design but need some help, my top recommendation is Canva.com. Canva supplies gobs of completely free templates, graphics, and layouts that you can quickly manipulate and customize. You gotta love Canva’s templates--it’s one of their biggest strengths and makes design a breeze.

 

Some photos and graphics are labeled “premium” and require a small fee, but a lot can be accomplished with the media included with the free standard membership. You also have the ability to upload your own files as well.

 

It’s easy to create just about any layout with Canva, from posters to business cards to social media posts. And, Canva’s mobile app helps you design great things on the go!

 

Cost: Free without premium graphics

How we used it: Recital posters, youtube video title slides, social media

posts

 

Here is a poster design we created using Canva.com: