Review: Piano Whizz Kid

If you teach younger children in your studio then you will be very interested in today’s review.

Piano Whizz Kid is a simple yet fun printable board game that reviews the notes on the keyboard. Students roll the dice and make their way around the keyboard answering the correct note name. If they answer correctly they can take a bonus card to move an extra space! Other bonus opportunities are also included in the game. Piano Whizz Kid includes both notes on the white and black keys of the keyboard. Use what is relevant to your student.

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Now doesn’t this look like a happy “Whizz Kid”?

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Piano Whizz Kid is just one of the many resources for this age group that you can find at Learning for Little Fingers.

Learning For Little Fingers, based in Manchester was founded by Laura Brothers a year ago. After teaching for over 7 years now she struggled to find affordable games and curriculums that are fun and engaging for children. Fast forward, in late 2013 she met Claire Stamper, who became the illustrator for Learning for Little Fingers. Together they decided to constructing a curriculum. Tom Sullivan joined the team as graphic designer and all 3 got to work and officially launched Learning for Little Fingers just a few weeks ago!

Laura says, “We have many more games up our sleeves, and with the help of our computer programmer Tom Fletcher, our app is on track to be released in approximately 2-3 months! We’ve also just launched our Tiny Fingers curriculum which is written for children aged between 3 and 5.”

Exciting things happening over at Learning for Little Fingers so keep an eye out for what is to come in the future. You can stay updated on their Facebook page here.

You can find many more games, a new curriculum and other resources over at Learning for Little Fingers here. All the products are downloadable purchases and are currently on sale 50% off until Sunday 11.59pm (BST). Laura is giving away a copy of Piano Whizz Kid to a lucky teacher. Just ‘like’ Learning for Little Fingers on Facebook then leave a comment below this post with a fun idea you like to do with your younger students in your studio. Deadline to enter is Friday, September 26, 2014 10:00pm AZ MST.

 

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A Spooktacular Giveaway!

Halloween is around the corner and if you haven’t already started, it’s time for the ghouls and goblins in our studio to start learning Halloween pieces! I personally hold a Halloween Festival in my studio so my students have been choosing their pieces to play and are getting excited to perform next month!

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Daniel McFarlane has a new Halloween Mega Pack available that is PERFECT to use with your students for Halloween (and frankly most of these pieces are fun to play anytime of the year). What makes this Mega Pack super SPOOKTACULAR is it includes not only the unlimited reproduction on the pieces but also the backing tracks, ensemble versions, exercises, theory (both US and UK versions) and activity pages. PLUS a chance for students to win some fun prizes through the Halloween challenge!

Here are a few samples of some of the theory activity pages. For more samples and to hear the music, be sure to visit Supersonics Piano.

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All of the pieces in the Mega Pack can also be purchased individually. Daniel is offering 15% off ALL digital products INCLUDING the Halloween Mega Pack through this Sunday, September 21st. Just type in the code: Spooky15 when you order here.

He is also giving away a Halloween MEGA Pack to one lucky teacher. To enter, just ‘like’ Supersonics Piano on Facebook and leave a comment below with what you are doing with your students this Halloween! Deadline to enter is by this Saturday, September 20th 10:00pm (AZ) MST.

 

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Jerald Simon Giveaway!

Did you hear about the annual subscription to Music Motivation that Jerald Simon started? If you missed the news yesterday, click here to read all about it.

To celebrate this awesome news, Jerald is offering some BIG giveaways! Read them carefully. Everyone can walk away a winner in some form or another…

(1) Everyone who likes Jerald Simon on Facebook AND FPSResources on Facebook will receive one free month! A perfect way to try it and see how you like it. AFTER liking both pages, (by the way this includes your students so pass the word along), you will need to enter your email by going to this link: http://eepurl.com/3qIH1.

(2) 5 individual piano teacher annual subscriptions will be giving away! To be entered, you must “like” the FB pages, Jerald Simon and FPSResources and leave a comment about why you would like to win the Individual Piano Teacher Annual Subscription.

(3) 1 Platinum Piano Teacher Annual Subscription will also be given away! To be entered, you must also “like” the FB pages Jerald Simon and FPSResources and leave a comment about why you would like to win the Platinum Piano Teacher Annual Subscription.

Are you as excited as I am? Now go and like those pages, leave a comment and then enter your email so you can take advantage of your free month.

The deadline to enter is by Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by 10:00pm MST (AZ) time. Good luck! By the way, if your comment doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry it will get there before the deadline. Due to a lot of spam recently I had to stiffen up things on the blog so it may need approval especially if  you have never commented before. Thanks for your understanding.

 

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Jerald Simon – Cool Song and Cool Exercise subscription

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If your students are fans of Jerald Simon’s music, then you are in for a real treat. Jerald Simon has started an annual subscription option for teachers and their students. Every Friday, he will be sharing a new “Cool Song” and “Cool Exercise for piano teachers and their students.

Piano teachers who subscribe to the “Individual Piano Teacher” package have permission to print each new “Cool Song” and “Cool Exercise” with the piano students in their studio along with emailing students the three different “minus tracks”.

With the “Platinum Piano Teacher Subscription“, teachers are still licensed to print off every new piece and exercise, but in addition, you receive a license to print off all of his books as PDFs for your students in your studio during your annual subscription. (You do need to renew each year to print off the books and continue receiving new “Cool Songs” and “Cool Exercises”, but during your annual subscription, you will receive every single new book Jerald comes out with as a PDF download and will be able to print them off for your students. (Platinum is the best deal) You can visit this link to learn more about it.

The one that came out on 9-12-14 is called When Sharks ATTACK! Oh my goodness, add the minus track to this piece and students will absolutely go crazy for it! So cool!!! You can check it the video here. I love that Jerald is including video’s. In the video he goes through both the cool song and cool exercise and gives some tips and tricks to help students learn them.

Still not convinced? Try the first cool song and cool exercise for FREE here!  If you’d like to receive these weekly “Cool Songs” and “Cool Exercises”, you can learn more about them by visiting this link on Jerald’s website here. Only those who have subscribed to the annual subscription will receive all of the videos and downloads after this first one.

Review Series: Music Teacher Store; Scales & Stuff

Today I am reviewing a scale book you can find at the Music Teacher Store called Scales & Stuff.

Scales & Stuff is created by Jane Calder. Jane writes in the preface to this book that she wanted a scale book that not only had scales, but other exercise including primary chords, triads, inversions and arpeggios. This book has these things and more.

Upon receiving a copy of Scales & Stuff I was impressed by the size and quality of the book. It is coil bound and big enough to really fit in everything a student would need.

Scales & Stuff coverUpon opening the book, students will find a nice layout. Covering both Major and Minor  (harmonic, natural and melodic), each unit in this book includes the scales, chords, chord progressions, (Major, minor, augmented and diminished) inversions, and one and two-octave arpeggios. There is also a helpful keyboard diagram in addition to the staff notation.

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Once you go through all of those exercise you will find a nice surprise at the end of the unit. An additional scale page that includes “red-note” scales, showing all of the keys that should be sharp or flat. Some students need that extra help when learning a new scale. I love that each unit includes both with red notes and without. 

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For beginning students, you can find 5 finger scales in each of the major keys along with their relative minor keys in the back of the book. These are shown as a keyboard diagram.

As you can see this book can last a student many years throughout their lesson years. You can find Scales & Stuff at the MusicTeacherStore both as a hardcopy purchase or a downloadable purchase.

Here is a short video of Jane giving a brief run down of what you can find in this book.

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 11.34.22 AMJane Harrison Calder grew up in the beautiful little town of Springville, Utah, fifty miles south of Salt Lake City. She received her music degree at BYU and has created games to teach her students about famous composers, counting, key signatures, musical terms and other aspects of theory. In 1993 she published several of her games and teaching aids and launched her new business, Making Music Fun. She is one of the authors you can find on MusicTeacherStore.com.