Celebrating MIOSM!

March is Music in our Schools Month and music teachers on TpT are celebrating in a big way! Each week this month, you will receive a FREE e-book chalk full of free musical goodies you can enjoy! So keep your eye out!

This week we are celebrating with a Rhythm e-book. This is the book I contributed in. Thank you to Amy Abbott for being such a great editor and putting this book together for all the contributors so you to enjoy! Click on the picture below to download. Remember to leave some kind feedback when you download each.

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Kicking off MIOSM, yesterday I posted some free bookmarks you can give to your students. If you haven’t downloaded them yet, you can do so here or by clicking the picture below. Remember to leave some feedback.

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Tech Tuesday: Understanding Intervals

Leila Viss with 88 Piano Keys recently came out with an iBook that I think every studio needs to download and use with their students. Understanding Intervals is a free interactive e-book you can receive when you sign up for the 88 Piano Keys newsletter here. 

The fun thing about e-books is the interactivity possibilities. In Understanding Intervals, Leila has recordings of her speaking and giving examples throughout the book. I love that she narrates so I can even use the book with younger students that might not read very well yet.

Understanding Intervals are divided into 3 parts. The first part is going through what an interval is. Besides visual and audio, musical examples are also given.

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 3.36.48 PMPart 2 is about finding the right fit. Throughout the book, Leila creatively likens intervals like shoe sizes. I love this! This gives students wonderful visual examples they can instantly relate to. In part two Leila goes through half and whole steps, Major, minor, Augmented and Diminished intervals.

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Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 3.40.17 PMPart 3 is “Tying” everything together (remember the shoe analogy?). In this section students will learn about scales in relation to the intervals and changing the quality of the intervals.

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 3.40.41 PMAt the end of the book, Leila recommends some apps you can follow up with students reviewing what they just learned.

I will be using Understanding Intervals next week during students lab time. Though this book would also be great to use even during a group lesson! After my students go through the book, they will be following up with the apps that were recommended. I love how thorough the app was and how it was presented. I loved the shoe analogy and all the examples that were given. Great job Leila!

Remember you can receive a free copy of this book by going here and signing up for Leila’s newsletter. You will need to download iBooks on your iPad as that is where the app will show up. You can download iBooks here.

On another note… Leila Viss recently interviewed me about how I use the iPad in my studio. I was in the middle of typing this post when an email from 88 Piano Keys came in and I saw the interview is now live! Check it out here.

Tech Tuesday: New Look, New Media

If  you have visited the blog or Facebook in the last couple days you may have noticed an updated look! FPSResources has a brand new logo, banners, etc… designed by A Little Peace of Africa. FPSResources is also now on Google+ (before I just had my studio on there) and more!

I’ve done some additions, changes, re-arranges, etc… so feel free to join me at the following locations… (click on pictures below)

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MusicEdConnect.com starts tomorrow!

MusicEdConnect.com starts tomorrow! Since it is an online conference you can sit back, grab your favorite snack or beverage and enjoy all the great presentations!

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This year you have two options for the conference. You can register for the full access pass which is an on demand “live” version where you not only get to view the presentations live and ask questions at the end, but will have access to the recordings through Dec. 31, 2015 as they are available.

If the on demand doesn’t work for your schedule this week, then you can register for the “replay” pass which will allow you to access to the recordings until Dec. 31, 2015 as they are available. Regardless of what option you choose, don’t miss out!

It’s not too late to register! Just go to MusicEdConnect.com to see all the info!

While you are there, be sure to visit the virtual exhibit hall where you might find some specials from vendors to take advantage of!

You can see the exhibit hall and the exhibit hall preview video here.

I will be presenting “Creating a Studio Policy and Sticking to It!” on Friday! See you there! :)

 

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Tech Tuesday: BobClass iPad app

(Side note: I have to start off this review by thanking the creators of BobClass for being so patient. They had contacted me to review their app last August. I’ve been backlogged on reviews and was hoping to get it done over the holidays, but it didn’t happen. So now I am happy to say here it is!)


It’s always nice to have different options out there and this app is a great option for teachers when it comes to a studio management app. Available for the iPad, BobClass has a clean look and layout that makes it easy to navigate quickly.

From their description in iTunes, “Bobclass is an all-in-one productivity app for instructors, tutors, trainers, coaches and other independent professionals. It offers appointment scheduling, client tracking, progress monitoring and payment tracking from your iPad so you can get rid of separate agendas, clipboards and spreadsheets. With a fast & friendly user interface and a fully functional offline database you can do your client administration in the gym, class room, studio or park.”

The first thing you will want to do is set up the information. This includes your profile, lesson sessions, days you teach, activities (I included group lessons and camps), group size, calendar, payment methods (for different services and/or items) and more! BobClass thought of everything an instructor would want.

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Once you get that all set up, then it’s time to add in your students. The nice thing is you can sync your contacts from your iPad or from google. So you will want to start with that to save you some time. Then all the information is right there at your convenience when you need it!
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After you get all your students in your contacts, you will want to start the scheduling process. Durations are available every 5 min. I know that is super helpful for teachers who like to do 40 min. lessons.

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When you are done setting up your schedule you will have a nice calendar that you can refer too…

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One of the things I do at the end of my teaching day is reconcile my lessons. (Sending a follow up note to my parents how the lesson went). BobClass has this feature as well. Not only can you email your notes but you can also include video clips (30 sec) and photos! That opens up some great options!

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Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 9.10.08 AMEach day you open the app, the home page will show an overview of your day. This includes a countdown timer and the student details (including session notes and payment info). What a terrific feature to have everything at a glance.

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In addition some of the other features BobClass includes is confirmation emails that are sent to participants after booking the lesson, rescheduling or cancellations. Everything is automatically backed up after every use. (Very important!). If you are a traveling teacher, it even has maps linked to show you where to go for in home lessons.

Another feature that is unique is the find availability feature, which helps you fill any private lessons or group lesson spots that are available. And the best part? Bobclass is fully functional even if you don’t have the internet available! Another great feature for traveling teachers.

You can download the PDF user guide here for a detailed overview of the capabilities. And if you are like me and very visual, you can also view instruction videos for the app here. I love they included these helpful tools.

Bobclass is available for $19.99 in the iTunes store here. You can find out even more about Bobclass on their website Bobclass.com.

If you have been looking for a studio management system to simplify your business, Bobclass is a great affordable option!

The creators of Bobclass has offered to giveaway one promo code for this app to a lucky teacher! To enter, comment below how you currently keep track of your business management and what you like best about Bobclass! Deadline to enter is this Sunday, January 25, 2015; 10:00pm MST (AZ). GIVEAWAY HAS EXPIRED

Tech Tuesday: Music Flash Class app

My favorite music flash card app is Music Flash Class. It pretty much has everything I would possibly need to review notes with students. It is fully customizable. You can add sharps and flats. You can set time limits on how quickly you want students to name notes. You can set certain goals for students within the app. There is even a 3 tap safety feature so students don’t go in and mess up your settings.

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Music Flash Class is developed by Henry Flurry. I’ve reviewed this app a couple years ago and it continues to be one of my favorites. The good news is this app has recently been updated for iOS 8 and has a fresh updated look.

One of my favorite features of Music Flash Class is the Hot Potato game which is perfect for a group lesson activity! My students love this game! My tip though is make sure you set a rule that the iPad (or whatever you are using) cannot leave the floor. (Tossing it will actually cause it to buzz! You can set the sensitivity accordingly)

Here is a video of Henry’s students playing Hot Potato so you can see what fun it is!

Music Flash Class is a universal iOS app which means it can be used on the iPad, iPod or iPhone. This is an app that is not only great for the teacher to have but for students to have at home. If you ever needed an app to drill, review or test notes, this is the app to own. It is well thought out and definitely one of my favorite tools to use!

To celebrate the new update, Henry has offered to give away Music Flash Class to two teachers! To enter leave a comment below by Sunday, January 11th 10:00pm (MST). GIVEAWAY HAS EXPIRED


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