Replace traditional flip folders and dot books with players’ smartphones! With FlipFolder®, band directors (yes, you!) can remove the stress of printing and organizing sheet music—and drill!—all while delegating tasks within the app to members of your staff and student leaders.
Step 1: Download the app
Step 2: Order clips
FlipFolder offers phone holder clips for all instruments—even flutes! Clips can be purchased individually on the FlipFolder website, or you can bundle your purchase with your new or existing software license by visiting the “My Plan” section of the website. Be sure to place your order as soon as your roster is set to account for shipping time.
Step 3: Create the ensemble and assemble your team
Once signed up, you as the director and license purchaser create the ensemble on the FlipFolder website. Then, create a code and share it with your staff and student leaders so they can gain access. Once everyone has joined, you can divide the setup process across your team by granting specific permissions access to each member. For instance, the assistant director may have full permission to manage band details, devices, playlists, and more, while the librarian only has access to edit the music library and drill instructors can only upload and edit drill charts.
Step 4: Purchase and load music
Sheet music duties for the director can end after the ePrint purchase thanks to your band librarian. Depending on the permissions you provide, librarians can do more than just upload music; have them organize songs into playlists and folders, making an easy-to-follow setlist for performances. Consider asking your librarian to trim excess white space around the music, making it easier to read. Just remember that this needs to be done for each instrument part, so ask them to get started sooner rather than later!
Step 5: Load drill
Instead of printing, organizing, and distributing hundreds and hundreds of pages of drill that will get tattered and bleached in the band camp sun, you can upload your drill right into FlipFolder. Students can even swap between drill and music in the app, helping them associate sets with notes. Consider assigning the task of uploading drill to your drill instructor or writer so you have more time to focus on band camp logistics (and your inbox, likely overflowing with band parent emails).
Step 6: Invite the band members
Save a headache on the first day of band camp by requiring your students to download the FlipFolder app and join the ensemble beforehand. All you have to do is share the code with your members. Since you already have staff members and potentially student leaders active on the app, consider passing on to them the responsibility of fielding FlipFolder questions from all band members. This is a great opportunity for those students to establish themselves as leaders within the program, and a way for you to be bombarded with fewer questions! We also always recommend you share a link to the band student section of the User Guide.