Facebook Fan Tip

Facebook Fans! Have you downloaded your freebie yet? If you missed that link, I have a little tip so you don’t miss anymore…

Go to FPSResources on Facebook. Click ‘like’ if you haven’t already. Then right next to the ‘like’ button you will see a down arrow. Click on the down arrow and then click on “Get Notifications”. This will make sure that posts will go to your newsfeed. Otherwise it is a hit or miss.

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The fan freebie I posted on Monday expires after tomorrow (Friday) so don’t wait!


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Music Theory – Made Fun!

One of my favorite online resource websites is Ear Training and Improv by Kristin Jensen. Kristin has created the Ultimate Music Theory Worksheet guide.

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This includes over 25 free printable worksheets that you can download and use with your students. She has even gone the extra mile and included different activities and ideas you can use these worksheets with your student during their lesson.

You will find worksheets under Note Identification, Rhythm, Major Scales, Circle of 5th’s, Intervals, Half and Whole Steps, Treble and Bass Clef notes and the Music Alphabet.

The worksheets are clever, well thought out and very useful. I had to laugh when I came across the rhythm “bed head” worksheet. Click here for the Ultimate Music Theory Worksheet Guide.

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Kristin has also published a scale book that you might not be aware of. Piano Scales Make Piano Magic: Fun and Innovative System for Teaching Piano Scales to Kids

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Piano Scales Make Piano Magic introduces 4 friends: Max, The Magician’s Rabbit, Lucy and Alberti the Great. These 4 magical friends guide students in creating “magic” at the piano. Students will learn their Major and Minor Scales and Arpeggios. Included as a bonus with the book is online training videos to help create fun songs using the scales and chords they are learning. Also included is a scale from under the sea and easy chords. To see sample pages and order Piano Scales Make Piano Magic, click here.

If you haven’t visited Kristin’s website before, you must also check out all her Improv and Ear Training resources. She even has some fun composition starter worksheets that I would recommend checking out. Kristin makes Improv and Ear Training simple and fun!

Be sure to ‘like’ Ear Training and Improv on Facebook to stay updated on all the wonderful resources Kristin provides. Thank you Kristin for all these fun resources we can use with our students!


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Venturing Beyond Winner…

Congratulations we have a 


Beverly Conway is the lucky recipient of Nicole’s book, Venturing Beyond. Enjoy Beverly!

Please take a moment to visit Nicole’s website here.  Venturing Beyond is available for your students to enjoy by purchasing on SheetMusicPlus.

And thank you for the 2 free downloads to all teachers. If you missed those, be sure to check them out here.

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Reach Beyond the Stars- Student Booklets

I just picked up my order of the student booklets for the Reach Beyond the Stars program. They look so good!


I thought I would share my printing instructions to my printer in case you wanted to do your booklets like these. (Other options include comb binding and 3-hole punch for binders)

Saddle stitch staple binding

Front cover- Reach Beyond the Stars Student BkCover.pdf

Inside cover- Planet Practice Chart.pdf

(Inside pages will be back to back…)

Page 1- Reach Beyond the Stars Advancement Log.pdf

Page 2- Reach Beyond the Stars Mission Overview.pdf

Page 3-5- Mission Assignments.pdf

Page 6+ (however many weeks you have lessons in your studio…) Reach Beyond the Stars Assignment Sheet.pdf

Back inside cover- Attitude Poster with Music Border.pdf (page 2 only) (This is a free file you can download here. I always include it every year.)

Back cover- 2014-2015 Foxx Piano Studio Calendar.pdf (I also include a studio calendar every year for my students)


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Milestone Celebration!


Whoohoo! I’m excited to announce that I have officially reached my first TpT milestone. I have reached and surpassed 100 followers! Thank you so much if you are one of them! To celebrate I will be giving a two-part freebie. One will be posted on Facebook for all my Facebook fans and TpT followers. The 2nd one will only be posted for TpT followers. This is something you will be able to use with the first freebie, so if you are not a follower yet, I am giving you advance notice to follow by tomorrow morning because once the note goes out, it only goes out to my current followers. TpT followers be sure to check your TpT inbox tomorrow morning for your freebie! (It will be available in my store- but free for TpT followers)

I will post the first freebie on Facebook later today. I’m taking my daughter to hopefully get her license. It was a two hour wait when we tried Friday so we are trying again today, hopefully with better luck. Then later this afternoon I’ll share the freebie. Tomorrow I’ll post the TpT freebie to give others a chance to join in.

Thank you for making this celebration happen!


Winner for The Young Musician’s Guide to Songwriting


We have a winner! The lucky recipient who will receive a copy of The Young Musician’s Guide to Songwriting is…




Congratulations Rhoda, Lisa should be contacting you soon. Thank you Lisa for the giveaway!

This book is a great resource that would be valuable for all teachers and their students who enjoy creating their own music. You can purchase The Young Musician’s Guide to Songwriting as a paperback or kindle edition here. Be sure like The Young Musician’s Guide to Songwriting on Facebook too!


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Top 3 reasons to “follow” FPSResources on TpT

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The top 3 reasons to follow FPSResources on TpT

1) Followers will receive notifications of new products and freebies. (See #2)

2) #1 is a BIG deal because new products in my store will be 20% off the first 24 hours they are released! (I have a new printable I will be releasing real soon that will be perfect to use at the beginning of the school year!)

3) The more followers, the more milestone celebrations (aka freebies)!

To follow FPSResources, click here, then right under the name FPSResources you will see a Follow Me button, just click and you will be an official follower!
Heads up! I have a two-part freebie coming as soon as I reach 100 followers. (Be sure to share this on Facebook with all your music teacher friends so we can get there.) The first part will be for Facebook fans and TpT followers, the 2nd part will be for TpT followers only. If you want to take advantage of both freebies when I reach 100 followers be sure to like FPSResources on Facebook and follow on TpT.




Review: Venturing Beyond

While searching for suitable repertoire for several of her older beginning students and realizing that the literature she was seeking was not available, Nicole DiPaolo developed the pieces that make up, Venturing Beyond.

Venturing Beyond is a collection of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic-style compositions in uncommon keys for late novice to early intermediate pianists of all ages. The collection includes 10 pieces written in sharp keys and 10 pieces written in flat keys.

Nicole was looking for musically rich, yet listener friendly repertoire with very modest technical demands. Because many of her beginners had previous experience with other instruments she wanted pieces in various tonalities that would challenge their already strong reading skills.

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In 2013, Nicole began her present collection and received positive feedback and encouragement from her teenage/adult beginner students to continue. In 2014, Venturing Beyond was officially published.

It was a pleasant experience playing through the Venturing Beyond collection. The collection is true to the Baroque, Classical and Romantic style of compositions. I always appreciate it when a collection of music includes notes from the composer on each piece. I think it is very helpful to know what the composer had in mind when they wrote a piece. Nicole gives a brief background on how the piece should be played and also includes the skills that are used in this piece. This is especially helpful for teachers.

I included a sample of a few pieces so you can get a feel of the level of this collection. All the pieces in Venturing Beyond begin with 3 or more sharps or flats.






Please take a moment to visit Nicole’s website here.  Venturing Beyond is available for your students to enjoy by purchasing on SheetMusicPlus.

Nicole has graciously offered all my readers a free copy of two pieces that she has written that did not quite make the collection. You can download Prelude in G and Waltz in F# minor at the links below.

Prelude in G-N.DiPaolo

Waltz in F#minor-N.DiPaolo

In addition Nicole is giving away one copy of Venturing Beyond to a lucky teacher! Thank you Nicole! To enter, please leave a comment below. Deadline to enter is by this Tuesday, July 29th, 10:00pm (AZ Mountain Standard). For an extra entry, follow me on TPT and just leave a comment that you follow. GIVEAWAY HAS EXPIRED

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Supersonics Piano discount extended

Daniel McFarlane of Supersonics Piano just found out that the link to his newsletter on his website was broken this last week. So to make it up, he is extending the 15% discount. Use code: superfps when you make your order. The code is now good until next Friday, August 1st.

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. (It should work now- if you have any problems, please let us know). 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!

Enjoy the music on  Supersonics Piano! A couple updates to watch out for… The 4th of August is the release date for Piano Maestro. And a new pack of 3 early-intermediate pieces (“Flowing Fantasies”) is available next Tuesday. If you missed the review for Supersonics Piano, you can read it here.