Deals not to miss this weekend!

It’s that time of year, a time where we see Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and did you hear there is now “Wish List Wednesday?” Phew! So many deals floating around I thought I would share the one’s I know.

FPSResources- First I decided to put everything in my store 20% off through this Monday. Be sure to check it out here.

The Moosic Studio app $20.00 off here! What was $69.99 is now $49.99! Do a quick search for Moosic Studio in the search bar to find reviews on this helpful app for your studio. Tip- Browse the app store this weekend as I’m sure each day there will be different app deals popping up here and there. (Good Black Friday and Cyber Monday)

Piano Pronto has all music on sale for 20%. Highest discount ever! Take advantage- there isn’t a dud in the bunch! Use PROMO Code: SBS20. Click here.

Save on The iPad Piano Studio book by using the discount code SAVE20IPADB and be eligible to win SightReadPlus and SightReadMinor valued at $12.98! Click here for the specifics on how to enter.

Practice Shoppe

The Practice Shoppe is having a week of deals, each day is something different. Did you get your bead counter for 50% off today? Click here for their website.

Prima Music is doing some fun black Friday sales. Be sure to check them out here.

Jerald Simon has a sale through December 25th. Enter the coupon code “Christmas” and receive a 30% discount on ALL of Jerald Simon’s books, albums, or singles when ordering from his online store here.

Jarrod Radnich– Mastermind Studios extended their sale through Cyber Monday-12/2/13. Save 20% off orders of at least $20. Includes gift certificates. Use code virtuosic20. Click here.

Educents has some music products on sale right now. Check it out here.

The Plucky Pianista is having a Cyber Monday sale! Click here for the code.

TeachersPayTeachers are having sales up to 28% on Monday and Tuesday. Promo code is Cyber. Click here.

Classical Composers Monthly is offering a smoking Christmas deal at 40% off! Check it out here.

Susan Paradis is celebrating her birthday with all of us by offering Cyber Monday (and Tues) specials in her store here.

I’m sure there are others I missed, so if you know of a music related sale going on, be sure to share it in the comments so everyone can check it out!

Happy Shopping and Saving!

The iPad Piano Studio Winner!

Congratulations to Betsy Breaker! (Betsy already bought a copy so a new winner has been chosen) Angelica! Angelica, you are our new winner of The iPad Piano Studio book! Check your email with details!

If you haven’t heard there is a Black Friday Special going on right now! Order your copy now.

Use the discount code SAVE20IPADB and be eligible to win SightReadPlus and SightReadMinor valued at $12.98! Click here for the specifics on how to enter.


Also don’t forget the discount code for Wendy’s fun Christmas Stinkin’ Stockings game expires today. You can read the review here if you missed it.

Christmas Stinky Stockings Game

This week I have been polishing up my lesson plans for our studio Christmas camp which will start the first week of December. Just in the nick of time, Wendy Stevens has released a Christmas version of her fun game, Stinky Stockings!


Stinky Stockings is a fun interactive “hot potato” style game that will be a holiday hit in your studio! Find a Christmas stocking, toss in the cards, turn on some music and start passing! When the music stops, a student pulls out a card and does what the card says.

There are 7 different card topics in this game. Divided into two levels, this game is perfect for beginning, elementary and early intermediate students. 

Singing– Singing a Christmas song without using the words (lah, tah, etc…) and in an articulation or dynamic. 

Finish a Tune Challenge– Singing the first line of a Christmas song and someone else finishes. 

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Acting– Acting out a Christmas character, person or group of people.

Theory– Answering a theory question that relates to a Christmas song.

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Christmas Riddle– This one is fun! 3 things are given and the student needs to find the common denominator.

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Playing– A student plays a short sight-reading line with another student guessing what the Christmas piece is.

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White Elephant– White Elephant stirs the game up. Just when students are getting comfortable earning their cards, the white elephant card may have them pass them all to their right.

During the game, most of the cards have the opportunity to earn what is called the Bonus Card. The goal is to earn as much cards as possible (to win!) and bonus cards helps not only the student that was able to pull a card from the stocking, but another student who is actively listening, participating and answers correctly. This in turn gets ALL students engaged in the game.

Whether or doing a Christmas camp, a group lesson or a Christmas recital party- this is an easy game to include in your plans! Matter of fact, you can even use most of these cards at your holiday parties with family and friends! Just simply remove the cards that wouldn’t be relevant. (I think I may just do this with my extended family this year!)

Wendy Stevens has given a special coupon code for all my rockin’ readers! Just enter the code FoxxRox to get $1.00 off Stinky Stockings! The code is good until this Tuesday, November 26th. 

You can go straight here to order the game, or check out all that Wendy has in her store here. Be sure to stay in touch with Wendy on her Facebook page!

RMM Video’s by Debra Perez

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Back in March 2012, I attended a MTNA presentation by Will Bailey on RMM and Teenagers. Then about 6 weeks ago I did a review on Musical Moments, a book for RMM adults, by Debra Perez and Will Bailey. As you can tell, I have been fascinated with the RMM philosophy and the more I learn about it, the more comfortable and excited I am about it. When I posted the review, I mentioned that Debra was offering 3 free 1-hour seminars to the first 100 teachers that register. If you weren’t one of the lucky 100 teachers that made the cut before, today is your LUCKY day because they are now available to view online for FREE!

You will find 3 videos:

-Teaching Elementary Age Piano Students in Small Groups: Techniques Both You and Your Students Will Enjoy!

-The Why and How of Teaching Chord Charts to Teenage Piano Students

-Adult Hobbyist at the Piano: Teaching Techniques for Helping Each Student Experience Their Dream of Playing the Piano

Click here for the link.

I would highly recommend you set some time to view these video’s. Whether or not you use the materials, there is valuable insight to be learned. Thank you Debra for putting these together to help us understand the RMM process and how easy and enjoyable it can be!


Tech Tuesday: The iPad Piano Studio (review and giveaway!)

When Leila Viss first announced on her blog that she had something exciting in store, I knew it had to be good. As expected, her surprise was an exciting one when she announced details about her new book,The iPad Piano Studio: Keys to Unlocking the Power of Apps.


With a little encouragement and support from several friends, Leila made this book possible to help teachers feel more comfortable with the way technology is moving forward. The great thing about iPads is the technology is really not too complicated. I find it much easier to work and keep up with then I ever did with computer software and hardware. Matter of fact, I have found this year that I use my iPad in my studio lab (I have a separate one for my lab) a lot more then the computer.

The iPad Piano Studio is a simple read that one can go back to over and over. It does not need to be read in order. Leila was careful in not putting too much information that would quickly be outdated. This was smart as we know technology advances quickly and in the world of apps what is there one day, may not be there the next.

The iPad Piano Studio includes 12 chapters in addition to an intro and an outro. In the beginning Leila talks about the background of the book and why it was written. The first chapter begins by talking about the 5 different generations and why knowing and understanding each generation is important in our field of teaching. We then learn how to implement the iPad in our studio and the basics of getting started with a studio lab. If you are new to the iPad world and not sure what to look for or if it’s really worth the investment, Leila guides the reader with helpful information so you can be confidant in your new investment.

As with any technology, there are words and abbreviations that can frankly make one’s head spin. Leila breaks those “tech terms and languages” and explains them in an easy way for the reader to understand. In addition to some app suggestions, Leila walks you through what is already included in your iPad and ways to use those and several other optional apps in your studio. You will learn quickly that apps are not only about playing games. There is much, much more to the iPad then games. (Though they are fun too…)

The last chapters finish off with learning about helpful accessories that will enhance the iPad experience; and how to connect the dots making the iPad not only a teaching tool, but a teaching assistant that can enhance your lessons and business.

When purchasing the book, you have the option to purchase the digital only or the paperback copy with the digital. Having the digital copy along with the paper book allows for the reader to have a much fuller experience. When you download a QR app (free) onto your iPad or iPhone, etc… the digital copy allows you to scan your QR code and view helpful video’s Leila put together.

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As you can see, The iPad Piano Studio is a helpful resource that will help teachers who want to learn more about making the most out of their iPad in their studio.

The paper back copy (which includes the digital copy and a free copy of SimpleTEC magazine) of The iPad Piano Studio: Keys to Unlocking the Power of Apps is $21.99 (+shipping). The digital copy only is $18.99. In addition, there is a support blog that will be updated with helpful information from the website. Be sure to click on any of the links included in this review to find out more about the book and future resources that will be available.

Now for the fun part! I have an extra paperback copy of The iPad Piano Studio that Leila sent me to give away to a lucky reader! This will include your digital copy as well! To enter the following questions below: Do you have an iPad? If so, what is the favorite way you use it in your studio? If not yet, how would you like to use it in your studio?  The deadline to enter is Monday, November 25th; 10:00pm (AZ mountain standard).

Disclaimer:  I received this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Jazzed About Christmas Winners!

So excited to announce our 10 winners to receive Jerald Simon’s Jazzed About Christmas PDF book.


Congratulations to:

Beth Tadeson

Diane Conway

Bev Conway



Barbara Githens


Linda Jacks


Heidi N.

Congratulations! I sent Jerald your information, so keep your eye out for an email from him!

Don’t forget: Now until the 25th of December (Christmas Day, anyone (piano teachers, piano students, parents, etc.) can enter the coupon code “Christmas” and receive a 30% discount on ALL of Jerald Simon’s books, albums, or singles when ordering from his online store (when checking out it will ask if you have a coupon or promotional code). He has a lot of good stuff in his store, so take advantage and pass the word on to your friends and piano families!

Jazzed About Christmas (review and giveaway!)

If you are like me, the month of December is “Play Christmas pieces like CRAZY” month in my studio. After all, students only have a limited time that they can learn and enjoy Christmas pieces before it’s back to normal routine. So let’s make full use of it while we can!

Enters in Jazzed About Christmas by Jerald Simon.

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This book is chock full of 18 Christmas pieces! All of the pieces are just one page long, all in the Key of C, which makes for a perfect book for students to enjoy and easily sight-read over Christmas break.

Jazzed About Christmas is geared towards the Early Intermediate student. You will find various jazz styles that students will enjoy over and over. If you have a student that loves to improvise, this is a great book to add in improvisations where they would like to. How about having a student arrange a Christmas medley? Many of the pieces in Jazzed About Christmas would work well in a medley especially since they are all in the key of C!

Jazzed About Christmas includes many Christmas favorites and a few we don’t hear often enough:

Jingle Bells
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Up On The Housetop 
Deck the Halls 
Joy to the World
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
O Christmas Tree
Angels We Have Heard on High 
Silent Night
The First Noel
Good King Wenceslas
Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella
I Saw Three Ships
Still, Still, Still
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
The Holly and the Ivy
We Wish You a Merry Christmas

You can view a sample of Jazzed About Christmas (includes 5 free songs!) hereJazzed About Christmas is available as a pdf download for $4.95 (instant access!) or $12.95 for a spiral bound hard copy. Now until the 25th of December (Christmas Day, anyone (piano teachers, piano students, parents, etc.) can enter the coupon code “Christmas” and receive a 30% discount on ALL of Jerald Simon’s books, albums, or singles when ordering from his online store (when checking out it will ask if you have a coupon or promotional code). He has a lot of good stuff in his store, so take advantage and pass the word on to your friends and piano families!

Now back to Jazzed About Christmas. Jerald has generously offered to give a way 10, yep you read that right 10!!! PDF versions of Jazzed Up For Christmas to FPSResource readers! How fun is that?!!

To enter, leave a comment below by this Monday, November 18th by 10:00pm (Mtn. standard time) what you like to do with your students during the month of December. Do you do group lessons, a Christmas camp, sight-reading, games? Share away!   GIVEAWAY HAS EXPIRED

(pssst… Have you liked FPSResources on Facebook yet? If not, you may want to. There is a giveaway only for Facebook fans going on right now.)

Want to play MLC on your iPad?

Want to play on your iPad? It is possible! All you need is an app that allows for ‘flash’ games. A couple years ago I had downloaded iSwifter. At the time it was a set price, but from what I hear now it is free to download and then it’s an in app subscription. I also noticed some complaints that they now had pop up ads. I didn’t notice any the other day when I was using it so it’s possible that has even changed since it wasn’t giving them very good reviews. I was looking for some other options and Photon Flash Player for iPad is on sale for 1/2 off right now!  ($4.99 vs. $9.99) Now being the “app addict” that I am I went ahead and took advantage of this sale and downloaded the Photon Flash Player for iPad app. I tried MLC and it works just fine.

One thing to keep in mind with any flash apps, is they do tend to have a slight “lag”. So don’t expect it to be as fast as a Safari browser for example. Most of the games will be just fine playing via the flash app, but every once in a while you might notice a game that has a little more lag then others.

Overall it is a nice thing to have and suggest to your students to use at home. My main excuse why students haven’t done their MLC assignment is that the computer wasn’t working. If they have an iPad, having a flash app, solves that problem.

If you are not familiar with here are a couple past posts you will want to check out. (See #1)

Just an update from the second link above, I am LOVING the Lifetime Musician feature. It is still in the beta phase but we are using it full force in my studio and it has cut my prep time for MLC assignments in half. Thank you Chris!!!

Tech Tuesday: NoteWorks now available on iPhone and iPod Touch!

Exactly one year tomorrow I reviewed what is now one of my favorite note reading apps I like to use with my students. NoteWorks. You can read the original review here.

I’m excited to announce that if you do not currently own an iPad, you can now download NoteWorks on your iPhone or iPod Touch! I played around with it on my iPhone and it is the same great program, albeit everything is smaller. Overall I prefer to play most of my piano game apps on the iPad, but for families who don’t own one, this is a great recommendation for them if they have the other devices.

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There are free versions for both the iPhone and iPad. If you are undecided whether to purchase this app, I would try the free versions first. Just remember free is always limited to how much you can do, but it is a good taste test.

To download Noteworks click on the follow links:

iPhone/iPod Touch version ($4.99)

iPad version ($4.99)

iPhone/iPad Touch free

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Just a quick note, it is possible to use iPhone/iPod Touch app downloads on your iPad (I have several), but just know the graphics are typically not as sharp when you extend to full size. But it does work!)

Now for the fun part! NoteWorks is giving away promo codes for 5 teachers to download this app for free! Already have this app? Win it for a lucky student in your studio! How to enter is a little bit different then what I usually do as I’m hoping to see more ‘likes’ on the FPSResources Facebook page. (I would love to see it hit 300!) So… to enter, share this giveaway to another teacher (or two or three or…) you know and encourage them to like FPSResources on Facebook. Then comment below that you did and what other favorite note reading apps you like to use in your studio.

Deadline to enter is by Thursday, November 14th by 10:00pm (AZ mountain time). (*Winners MUST respond within 72 hours of announcement or another winner will be chosen*) The winners will be announced on this blog and on the FPSResources Facebook page by Friday, Nov. 15th. Be sure you subscribe to the blog and on our Facebook page so you don’t miss out seeing if you are a winner! Good luck!