Don’t Forget!

My husband and I are renovating our kitchen cabinets over the next 3-4 days. Wish us luck, we have never done this before! Before I get started on emptying the cabinets, I wanted to remind everyone that there are two deadlines today you don’t want to miss out on!

1) Save BIG (the biggest you will see) on Tim Topham’s PianoFlix program- how to teach pop piano. It’s terrific and is full of great tips and info. Click on the picture below to get your discount and don’t forget to add the code POPPIANO100 to save another $10.00!

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2) Enter to win and SAVE 20% on the MusicEdConnect.com conference here or by clicking the picture below. Remember you can go ahead and take advantage of the $20.00 discount that is expiring today by entering the code, FPS. Then if you win you will get reimbursed! You can’t lose! There are not a lot of entries right now so you have a real good chance of winning! Good luck!

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Coming in 2015! More reviews, giveaways, new music products, posts and more! Be safe tonight and enjoy ringing in the New Year!


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Wireless Bluetooth MIDI interface

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So I briefly mentioned this MIDI interface on a recent post and wanted to talk about it a little more.

After I read this article from Technology in Music Education about the Quicco Sound mi.1 wireless bluetooth MIDI interface on sale on Amazon, I decided to do a bit more digging because I was very excited and curious.

Turns out that this product was originally on Indiegogo and was funded. How I didn’t hear about it back then is beyond me. Every time I have tried to support funded projects, they haven’t been able to reach their goal, so this was exciting for me to see.

After watching the video on the Indiegogo site, I immediately put it in my cart and bought it. I’m looking forward to using this in my lab room when students are hooked up to the headphones and won’t need to worry about the connection staying in place on the iPad. You simply stick the interface on the keyboard MIDI ports and set up the bluetooth and you are good to go. No wires! Yay!

Once I receive it, I’ll do a review on it. But for now, it is on sale at Amazon for $45.00 on Prime. Check it out here.


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Last Minute Tax Deduction Ideas

Just a few more days until December is over. Which means just a few more days to get those last minute tax deductions for the year. Here are a few of my recommendations, some of which are expiring soon!

For your education…

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PianoFlix by Tom Topham. Read my review here. Now is the time to take advantage of the 30% off special PLUS the special code I give in the review both of which expire on December 31st!

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MusicEdConnect.com– an online conference where  you can hear some great presentations in the comfort of your own home! The deadline to save $20 AND enter the giveaway is December 31st! Remember you can take advantage of the special with the code I give in this post and then if you win, your money will be refunded. Can’t lose! Enter here.

To use with your students… (Here are a few things I have discovered this year on Amazon)

Screen Shot 2014-12-27 at 7.59.38 PMFly Swatters– how cool are these fly swatters? I like to use fly swatters for music games. (Students swat the answer) so when I saw these where you can actually see what they are swatting I was excited!

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Cubes– I actually found several versions that I thought were pretty cool. But this one was my favorite because I can just insert actual existing cards in it if I wanted to.

This one was a runner up… Whiteboard Dice

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Timer– If you have a tech lab, this is a great timer to have students use as it has two timers. One for a warning the time is coming up soon and also it can be used visually (by lighting up) and/or auditory.

Screen Shot 2014-12-27 at 8.32.16 PMWrite and Wipe Pockets– I have been using these pockets in my studio for a couple years now and let me tell you, they come in handy. But then I saw these particular pockets that included a place for the white board marker. Loved it!

Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 9.22.25 AMWhiteboard Puzzle Pieces– I don’t have these (yet) but what fun can they be during private and group lessons. You can use these with rhythm math, how about writing a tempo word such as Adagio and having the student draw a picture like a turtle that goes with that word? The possibilities are endless! Just be aware that the pieces are small (2″x2″) and they don’t have edge and corner pieces included. I would personally use these more as matching puzzles similar to what I have available in my TpT store.

Just for fun…

Screen Shot 2014-12-27 at 8.22.29 PMMusical Ice Trays– I saw these and thought what fun! You can make musical ice cubes for recitals. I haven’t tried it yet but I bet you can make chocolate molds in these as well! Just a little something “cool”! They sell it individually here or in a 2 pack here.

For the lab…

Screen Shot 2014-12-29 at 11.38.49 AMWireless MIDI Interface– I’m excited about this one. No more cables to worry about in the lab room when students play Piano Maestro, use Notion, etc… Just added it to my cart!

And then an oldie but goodie…

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My #1 that I love to use with students has got to be Eggspert… you can’t go wrong. Before Eggspert I was using something similar that my Dad made years ago but it only included two buttons. I love that Eggspert includes 6 plus there are options to add more pods. Using Eggspert is a great way to quiz concepts, students LOVE it!

Well there you have it! If you are needing to sneak in some last minute tax deductions, these are some suggestions that I think you will enjoy!


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A small gift for you!

Christmas is just a couple days away, can you believe it? We picked up my daughter from the airport the other night, it’s so nice to have her home with us.

In the spirit of giving, I wanted to do a little something for all of you to show you my appreciation. Never did I imagine when I began this blog in August of 2010, what it would become. It’s been a fun journey. I have met so many wonderful teachers along the way, many even in person! If you are attending MTNA conference this year and see me, please say hello!

This is the time of year we reflect on the past and make goals for the new year. So I thought I would make a worksheet that you can print out for your students to fill out doing just that… Reflecting and making new goals in their piano lessons.

You can download New Year Goals and Reflections here. Please remember to leave some kind feedback after downloading. Just click on the refresh button in your server and you will be able to leave a comment.

Thank you and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Pssst… don’t forget to enter the giveaway and take advantage of the discount of the MusicEdConnect.com online conference. Click here to read about it and enter. Deadline for discount and giveaway entry is Dec. 31st. Good luck!

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MusicEdConnect.com Special and Giveaway!

MusicEdConnect.com, an A+ online conference is coming to a computer near you! Beginning in February teachers will be able to sit back and listen to over a dozen nationally recognized presenters share topics that will benefit all.

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 8.39.05 AMI am excited because I have been asked to return and present for this conference again this year. My topic this year is one that I know teachers can really benefit from as it is the #1 topic that comes up over and over on message boards, Creating a Studio Policy and Sticking to It. In this presentation I will be going over creating a policy that you can stick to and tips and tricks and how to respond to those families that like to “test” your policies. You can see the details of all the other presentations here.

Michelle Sisler, Chief Manager for Keys to Imagination, LLC is offering both a discount code AND a giveaway for my readers! Until December 31st, you can save $20 off a Full-Access OR Replay Pass by entering the code, FPS.

The giveaway is for a replay pass (Access on-demand session videos and the exhibit hall anytime after the conference until December 31, 2015). This is a $99 value. The cool thing is you don’t have to wait until the giveaway to take advantage of the discount. If you win Michelle will refund your registration fee! So go ahead and take advantage of registering here and saving $20.00 by entering the code, FPS by December 31st.

To enter the giveaway I want to know what YOU want to hear in my presentation. Do you have a certain family that likes to test your policies? Maybe certain situations that you are not sure how to handle (what if…), ideas on what to include in your policy, etc. Comment below with something you would like to hear in my presentation. Looking forward in seeing your comments. (Deadline to enter is also Dec. 31st)


 

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Christmas Camp 2014

As you probably know by now, our theme for Christmas camp this year was Christmas Around the World. In my preparation for this camp I definitely over-prepared so we didn’t have time to include Israel/Hanukkah this time. It will definitely get used sometime if not next year. I really enjoyed this camp as there was so much to learn! Students came for 2 hours on their normal lesson day for 2 weeks (4 hours total). If they were unable to come on their normal lesson day, then they attended on another day.

This year I decided to do a highlight video. One of my goals is to try to get more comfortable using iMovie without the pre-set trailers. So here is the result… Hope you enjoy!

Thank you Jerald Simon for permission to use your arrangement of Angels We Have Heard on High as the background music in this video!