In Memory…

Last week I lost a friend shortly after returning from conference. Her husband killed her. Michele was the sweetest person you would meet. Always smiling, serving others, a wonderful mother of 8 children. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around it all. It is such a tragic loss. She should be here today.

I’m posting this today because Michele’s brother-in-law has set up a GoFundMe account for Michele’s children. I really would like to see this funded. If you are able to donate, I will be happy to send you a brand new Easter themed game that really can be played whenever… Hop, Skip and Jump is a board game that reviews intervals. You can see it here.

After you donate to the GoFundMe account here, just send me an email: jennifer (at) foxxpianostudio (dot) com and I will email you the file as soon as I can.

Thank you in advance for helping if you can! I totally understand if you can’t.

And please, if you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone who is, please do whatever you can to get help and get out. Here is a 24/7 hotline. I know it’s not easy, but I never want to see another friend’s life cut short because of such a senseless and horrific act.

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Learning for Little Fingers Winner

We have a…

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Congratulations goes to…

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Brenda will be receiving a digital copy of Under The Sea (the first book in the Little Fingers series) with an unlimited reproduction license! Congratulations and enjoy!

(You will be hearing from Laura soon)

Be sure to check out all the Learning for Little Fingers resources here.

Pssst… Did you hear? I’m having a 20% off sale for reaching 400 followers on TpT through the 31st. Check it out here!

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Post MTNA conference store wide sales

I’m back from MTNA conference and it’s hard to believe another one has passed by. One of my very favorite things about conference is connecting with and meeting teachers that I know online! I will be blogging about some classes, etc… over the next couple weeks. But for now it’s catch up time! I was reminded when my roomie asked me on the way home when I did my re-registration forms that I needed to get those done and out! (Mine are due back by May 1st) Thanks goodness she asked!

There are a few discounts going on right now, I thought I would pass them along.

1) I just noticed upon my returning from conference that I recently passed 400 followers on TpT! So I am celebrating and putting most of my store 20% off through the 31st! (not valid on bundles as they are already discounted) If you were eyeing anything, this is a great time to take advantage. Thank you so much for following!

2) Piano Pronto is having a storewide sale 20% off most everything when you use the code MTNA20 through Sunday, March 29th.

3) MusicTeacherStore is having a storewide sale 20% off everything through April 15th when you use the code: MTNA2015

(not valid on Teacher Starter Pack, Super Supplements Pack or Clearance Items)

4) Free shipping at Musical Moments through March 31st.

Also- Don’t forget to enter the Learning for Little Fingers Giveaway by this Saturday, March 28th!

Know any other sales going on right now? Share them in the comments as I’m sure I missed some!

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Celebrating MIOSM Week 4!

It’s the last week of celebrating Music in our Schools Month! I hope you have enjoyed the free e-books the last few weeks. Here is the last e-book on Melody’s! Thanks to Sara Bibee for being the editor and all the contributions from teachers. Just click the picture to download and remember to leave feedback for each download! Enjoy!

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Week 1: Rhythms  (my freebie is in this one!)

Week 2: Listening

Week 3: Instruments of the Orchestra

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Review: Learning for Little Fingers

Have you ever had a parent of a 3 year old ask if you could teach their child piano lessons? I know I have. While I do begin piano lesson with students as young as 4 years old there are a several requirements they need to be able to do before I will accept them as students. The two main things that I have required are 1) They must be able to recognize letters A-G and 2) They must be able to recognize numbers 1-5. This is mainly because of the materials I have used.

Well, now there is material that makes those two requirements unnecessary! Laura Brothers, creator of Learning for Little Fingers has developed a curriculum with those tiny fingers in mind. (3-5 years) Students set the pace in the books they use. It is recommended that they just work on one song a week, though some may be fine with two.

FullSizeRenderThe first book in the series is Tiny Fingers: Under the Sea. One thing that surprised me is all the pieces are on staff! But because the little one’s probably don’t recognize their alphabet and numbers quite yet, the note heads are actually animal heads that represent the notes on the staff. The thing I like best about this is it sets up for a beautiful transition into regular on staff note reading. Students will already be familiar with where the letters/notes belong on the staff when they transition over without the character heads.

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In the first book, students will become familiar with the characters and where they belong on the lines and spaces. The cute character illustrations from the Learning for Little Fingers materials are designed by Claire Stamper. Meet the animals…

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Helpful technic tips are given in this book that apply specifically for these little learners. Rhythm is not touched on quite yet, except to keep a steady beat. Gaps that are seen in the measures can simply represent holds or rests. Teacher duets to help with steady beat and fun are available as well!

The second book is Tiny Fingers: Into the Jungle. Students are now introduced to rhythm but again, assuming they don’t recognize their numbers yet. Rhythm is introduced with syllabic pictures. “Biscuit” represents half notes/minim, “Cake” represents quarter notes/crotchet and “yummy” represents eighth notes/quavers.

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 11.56.01 AMMy Monster Scales is a supplementary exercise book that is designed to be used alongside the Tiny Fingers Curriculum. “The purpose of this book is to help students develop control of individual fingers and can be used to illustrate and help students to recognize the patterns of moving up and down the staff.”

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There are quite a few games on the Learning for Little Fingers website that help reinforce what students are learning in the curriculum. “Rain, Rain Go Away” is a simple and quick matching game where students are adding “sun” over the “rainclouds” by matching the animals to their home on the keyboard.

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IMG_4692You can find all the Learning for Little Fingers curriculum and supplements on their website here. And the Facebook page is great for teacher support!

Now when you are asked, “Can you teach my 3- year old how to play the piano?” The answer can be “YES! I have just the perfect curriculum to use with them!”

Not sure quite yet if this is something you want to try? Well, Laura understands that jumping into a brand new curriculum is a big decision, so she has made a free trial pack available to download. Everything you need to teach your first lesson including games! You can download the trial pack here.

All of the Tiny Fingers books are now available as physical books, as well as unlimited studio licensed digital downloads. The games in the Tiny Fingers curriculum are currently available as digital products but may be available as physical products in the future.

Laura has offered to give a very lucky teacher a digital copy of Under The Sea (the first book in the series) with an unlimited reproduction license! What is the youngest age you have taught in your studio? To enter, answer that question and any other comments you would like to make in the comments below. Deadline to enter is by Saturday, March 28th; 10:00pm MST. GIVEAWAY HAS EXPIRED

Tech Tuesday: Guidebook app

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If you are going to MTNA conference, you will want to download the Guidebook app on your mobile device. It’s free and will give you access to the full schedule, information about presenters, tracks, exhibitors and conference maps. You can even customize your own schedule. Click here to download. Then search for 2015 MTNA National Conference and click to open. Easy and very handy!

See you soon!

Celebrating MIOSM Week 3!

It’s week 3 for Music in our Schools Month and you know what that means right? Another awesome and FREE e-book full of great downloads! This week the e-book is Instruments of the Orchestra. Thanks to Tracy King for being the editor for this book! And thank you to all the contributors! Don’t forget to leave kind feedback for the contributors in this e-book and the last two e-books. Click on the picture below to download your free e-book!

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Missed Week 1? Click here.

Missed Week 2? Click here.

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