Tech Tuesday: TpT Tips

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I know many of you are brand new to TeacherPayTeachers so I thought I would give some tips and answer some questions you might have.

 

  • It is free to sign up for a membership as a buyer or basic seller. If you think you would like to become a seller I would appreciate it if you use my referral link when you sign up: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Signup/referral:FPSResources
  • To download free and paid products, you do need to sign up for a membership but the benefits of doing so, is you will get your downloads right away AND you will get free updates on the digital product you already purchased.
  • When a file is updated your account will be notified. You do need to check your account for updates. Go to “My Purchases” and see if there are any updated downloads. These updates can be fixes on something or addition on a product.
  • Sellers love feedback. If you downloaded an item, please take a moment to leave some feedback. This not only helps the sellers, but future buyers as well.
  • Limit your feedback to only things about the product itself. If you have a technical issue (something won’t download, a typo, etc…), there is a link at the top of the sellers store that says “Ask a Question”. Click on that link and ask your question or let the seller know of the issue. I know I personally am anxious to remedy whatever the problem is. You can also contact me directly: jennifer@foxxpianostudio.com
  • Sellers love followers. By being a follower you will be notified on any specials or sales that may happen with that store, etc. (Need 24 more followers before I post a fan freebie!) Follow me here.
  • TpT products are copyrighted products created by teachers for teachers. Please remember to follow copyright guidelines when purchasing products. We are all here to support each other. Many times a seller will include a term of use with their product. When you see this, take the time to read through it.
  • TpT has a free app. For iOS download here. For google download here.
  • I saved the BEST for last! Earn TpT credits! “TpT credits are points which can be applied to future purchases to save you money. To earn credits: After you make a purchase, rate and comment fairly on the product page of your purchased item. You need to do both to earn your credits. But you don’t have to rate and comment right away. You can do so after you’ve had a chance to use the product. Just return to the product page when you’re logged in to TpT. For every dollar you spend on TpT, you’ll earn 1 credit—and we’ll round up for you, too! If you provide fair feedback on a $4.75 item, you will earn 5 credits. Every 20 credits you earn equals $1 to apply toward future TpT purchases. To redeem credits: Once you’ve earned at least 20 credits, you’ll see the option to apply credits at checkout.”

There is a lot of products on TpT to explore! Enjoy!

 

 

Review: The Young Musician’s Guide to Songwriting

Written by Lisa Donovan Lukas, The Young Musician’s Guide to Songwriting is a down to earth, easy to understand and very helpful book that helps guide musicians of any age through their songwriting venture. Lisa began piano lessons at the age of 6 years old. She started her own songwriting venture when she was just 11 years old. You can read more about Lisa Donovan Lukas and listen to some of her original songwriting compositions by visiting her website. In addition, some of her original piano solo compositions are available to purchase at Sheet Music Plus here.

From the outside cover to the inside of this book, it’s no wonder that it has made one of Amazon’s top seller’s shortly after it was published.

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Inside the reader will find practical tips and tricks on coming up with song ideas, building melody, harmony, rhythm and words. Lisa will talk about the principles involved in the creative process of song writing. Common composition templates that have been used successfully in the industry will be addressed. Many examples will be shared and creative exercises and questions presented will get the reader thinking of how to apply it all.

Lisa’s writing style is very easy to read and very friendly. Though we have never met in person, I felt that we have. A few of my favorite tips from the book include:

“We want to keep our ears interested.”

“Creativity is the ability to manifest something out of nothing with the use of your own imagination and skill.”

“Songs with only feelings and thoughts can sometimes be a little uninteresting. But if we can build vivid images, emotions come alive and songs can be more engaging.”

10% of all author royalties are donated to music educational non-for-profits, including The Music Teachers’ Association of California Foundation and Westside Music Foundation.

Whether or not you are new to songwriting, you will leave reading The Young Musician’s Guide to Songwriting, feeling very positive and excited about creating your own songs. You can purchase this book as a paperback or kindle edition here. Be sure like The Young Musician’s Guide to Songwriting on Facebook too!

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Lisa has offered to giveaway 1 copy of her book! To enter, leave a comment sharing whether or not you have ever gone through the entire songwriting process with your students (lyrics and composition).

Deadline to enter is by this Saturday, July 26, 10:00pm (AZ Mountain Standard). For an extra entry, follow me on TPT and just leave a comment what number follower you are or if you already follow.

Thank you…

I just wanted to say thank you to those who bought the Reach Beyond the Stars Practice Incentive program and also those who bought the board game alone. I hope your students enjoy it. Since this is the program that I am also doing with my own students this year I will be posting pictures, etc… of what we are doing, so stay tuned. You may want to also follow my studio Facebook page, Foxx Piano Studio as well as the blog Facebook page, FPSResources.

For those who did download the file, I made a couple updates (latest update this morning). One was changing out the word file of the editable mission assignments to powerpoint. Word tends to garble things up when files are transferred, the powerpoint shouldn’t have any issues. The other updates was removing a word (“to”) in the mission advancement log under crewman. You can download these updates just by going to “My TpT, then look for “My Purchases” in your TpT account and re-download.

Also a big thank you to all those who took the time to follow me on TpT. I am now at 67 followers! Yay! I mentioned before when I reach 150 that I will do a fan freebie over on the Facebook page, but I think I will do it when we reach the first 100 because I’m really anxious to get it out to everyone! So please tell your music/piano friends to follow so we can get to 100!

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Another review is coming later today so stay tuned!!!

 

Birthday Sale

Today is my birthday! To help celebrate I am giving a 20% discount on a BRAND NEW practice incentive program, REACH BEYOND THE STARS good for TODAY ONLY! (AZ Mountain Standard)

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A lot of hours went into developing this program and I can confidently say that it is OUT OF THIS WORLD!

As students practice they will make their way throughout the solar system reaching beyond the stars. When they land or pass a planet they will complete mission assignments and advance ranks. If you have students who love space themes, (boys especially!) they will really enjoy this program. It is a motivating program that encourages students to want to practice so they can progress along with their peers.

PLUS- I threw in a little bonus! When you purchase this program it will include a free copy of the the Reach Beyond the Stars Board Game! The board game is also available (at a discount today only) as a separate purchase here.

If you have never done an incentive program before, this is the perfect time to try it out. All the work has already been done for you, now your students can enjoy!

Remember the 20% off discount is ONLY good for TODAY! Click here to purchase the incentive program and see more details on what it includes. Click here to purchase the game (remember this is FREE in the incentive program).

Don’t forget to stay up with the latest resources, be sure to follow my store. My birthday wish would be to get to that 150 followers or pretty darn close to it! ;) I’m anxious to send out that Fan Freebie when we get there.

 

Review: Supersonics Piano

If you haven’t heard of Supersonics Piano, you are in for a treat. In 2013, Daniel McFarlane released his website Supersonics Piano.

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There are over 100 original compositions available on his website. Daniel’s music is diverse, filled with contemporary sounds, fun rhythms and appealing to all ages. His compositions are those that fit the “sounds harder than it is” bill that we often try to find for some of our students. His music in particular I think is motivating for boys to play, but really enjoyable for all.

The thing I love most about the Supersonics Piano website is how easy it is to navigate. Because it is digital copies, it is important to know what you are purchasing. You can not only view samples, but can hear samples of each piece. His music ranges from Elementary through Early Advanced. You can purchase single digital licenses or unlimited reproductions. You can purchase the pieces as singles or in some cases albums. For example albums A and B include quite a bit of the singles. When you buy the albums, you are getting more bang for your buck. In addition there are backing tracks available of albums A and B. Group licensing is available for the duets and trios. Digital music is here and is the way of the future.

Because it is monsoon season here in Arizona, I thought I would show a preview of a piece by Daniel McFarlane titled, Monsoon so you can get an idea of what the previews will look like. (Fun piece by the way)

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If you go to the website and scroll down to the footer of the page, you will see that you can sign up for the newsletter updates. When you do, you can receive free samples of music to try out. New releases are always discounted by 15% for the first 3 days after their release so it is worthwhile to be notified of updates! Also be sure to check out the teacher rewards program! In addition, I would encourage you to stay updated with the latest music or ask questions about Daniel’s music on the Supersonics Piano Discussion Group page.

Now for some goodies. Daniel has offered ALL the readers a 15% discount on all his music in his website. Use code: superfps when you make your order. This code will expire next Friday, July 25th.

AND we’re not done… On top of that Daniel has offered to do a giveaway to one lucky winner a single print copy of one of the 3 books (your choice). To enter, leave a comment below. Deadline to enter is this Tuesday, July 22nd, 10:00pm (AZ Mountain Standard). For EXTRA entries, leave another comment if you are a FPSFacebook fan and if you follow FPSResources on TpT, leave another comment that you follow.  That’s 3 possible entries!

 

 

Be sure to like FPSResources on Facebook to stay up to date on giveaways, reviews and other music resources!

Tech Tuesday: Grand Opening FPSResources TPT Store!

This last weekend I was able to attend the TpT conference at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

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I learned a lot and am excited to announce the GRAND OPENING of my TpT store! Right now my store is pretty new but I am planning on filling it up with lots of musical goodies. I have a new incentive program coming that I am super stoked about. And some downloads in my store will even be FREE! (Hint there are already some freebies over there!) To make sure you stay updated on what is new in the store, as well as special discounts and freebies be sure to become a follower.

Now don’t forget when you download anything in my store, please be kind and leave some feedback. This helps both of us when everyone takes just an extra 30 seconds to do that.

To follow me on TpT, just click on this link and then click follow me…

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Now the exciting stuff!!! When I reach 150 followers I will be posting a FAN FREEBIE over on my Facebook page. Let’s see how quick we can make that happen. Make sure you are also a Facebook fan in addition to a TpT follower so you can grab that fan freebie.  Click here to “like” FPSResources on Facebook. Follow me on TpT here. Now go spread the word!