Tech Tuesday: The Modern Musician Show

Colin Thomson, creator of Sight-Reading Academy has created a fabulous new podcast show called “The Modern Musician Show with Colin Thomson“. Colin says, “I interview the best of the best, both musicians as well as “outsiders” to the music industry, to find out what musicians everywhere can and should be doing to lead fulfilling and financially successful careers in music today.”

Three days a week Colin will be finding out from his guests some steps and tips that will help musicians grow online and offline.

I recently had the privilege to be one of Colin’s guest. The podcast will be available to listen to tomorrow so be sure to tune in to the show! I have a little spoiler for my new incentive program that’s coming out next month at the end of the show so be sure to listen to the whole thing.

To help other musicians find the show on iTunes, The Modern Musician Show needs some subscribes, ratings and reviews. Now through July 10th, Colin is offering a free video course (a $49.95 value!) on how musicians should be using Instagram to anyone who leaves a review! The video course is going to go through all of the steps musicians should be taking to grow their audience on Instagram.


Here are the steps to get the video course for free:

1. Go to:

2. Click “View in iTunes”

3. Click “Ratings and Reviews”

4. Click “Write a review”

5. Write your review, and leave a rating

6. BEFORE you click submit, take a screenshot (how to take a screenshot for Mac or PC) and email it to: – (He will email you your free access to the video course, launching this week! If you forget this step, you can take the screenshot after the review shows up in itunes, in a couple days)

7. Click “Submit”

And that’s it! Don’t forget to do this by July 10th!

Whether you choose to do this or not, please do checkout the podcast and the free resources on the growing website!

Shownotes at:

iTunes link:

Stitcher link:

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ASMTA Conference: Ensembles, Duets and Technology…. Oh My!

Lori Frazer knows what she is talking about when it comes to midi and the features of the Yamaha Clavinova.


Lori shared, “We lose 78% of students between level 1 and level 2.” (This is based on music sales) It’s up to us to come up with things that we can do with our students to help prevent them from quitting so early.

I would like to share my top 3 tips that stood out to me in this presentation when it comes to ensembles, duets and technology…

1) To be an effective duet partner, learn the other person’s part. 

I really loved this and will need to remember when my students prepare for our chapter’s ensemble program. If they are familiar with what their partner is playing and sounds like, they are going to be more on top of their own part!

2) When playing on a digital piano like the Clavinova, find an instrument that would represent an articulation correctly. ie: Marimba for staccato

Which leads to another great tip that Lori shared…

3) Remember the mood/genre of what the student is creating. Then base those instrumentation choices accordingly. 

There were plenty of hands on examples on Lori’s presentation which is always helpful.

I wish I had gotten a picture of Lori holding up one of her USB flash drives. She collects them and has all sorts of fun one’s like wonder woman, etc. Check out these music themed flash drives I found here.

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TpT Giftcard Winners!

BEETHOVEN’S 5TH IS A 3RD!!!! That’s right!

Congratulations to our two winners of the #MusicSummerShopHop giveaway! You have both won a $50 gift certificate to TeachersPayTeachers! Happy Shopping!

Shelley from Pitch Publications will be contacting you shortly with the information. If you did not win, know that you have chosen to follow some amazing music sellers! All of us have great products in our stores, and we also send followers notes on a regular basis with freebies, giveaways, and information about what we are selling and how we use those items in our own classrooms! Thanks again for playing along!

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NinGenuis Winners!

Congratulations goes to…

NinGenius WinnersI will be contacting the winners soon! Remember NinGenius has 3 different purchase options to choose from. The Student edition ($2.99) is for individual students learning one instrument. Scores will only be tracked for that student. The Studio edition ($9.99) will allow the teacher to put unlimited students under one instrument. And the School edition ($17.99) will allow unlimited students under unlimited instruments.


Also don’t forget! Tonight is the deadline to enter to win one of two $50 TpT Gift Cards. Click here to see the details.

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$50 TpT Gift Card Giveaway!!!

ShopHopPromo I am so excited! A group of music teachers on TpT have collaborated to do an AWESOME and FUN giveaway starting on Thursday, June 25th-27thYou can win one of two $50 gift cards to TeachersPayTeachers. Woot! Woot! I can just imagine what I would be able to do with $50 on TpT, can’t you?! Well two of you will be doing more than imagining!

Now to make the giveaway a little more entertaining, you will be doing a Music Summer Shop Hop where you will be traveling to different TpT stores collecting letters to a secret code along the way. Here are the easy steps of how to enter…

1. You will want to start here to get your first letter (be sure to write these down so you have them when you come back to the rafflecopter.)

2. Then click the “follow” button at each store while you are there.

3. Now click “next” (right next to the letter) to go to the next store and get the next letter, etc… There should be 19 letters total.

4. Once you have the secret code, go to my Facebook page here to put in the final code and enter! (having trouble with the FB link? Click here insteada Rafflecopter giveaway)

The giveaway runs from June 25-27th. Winners will be announced on the 28th!

Have fun on the Music Summer Shop Hop and good luck!


Dare to Dream!

It’s the 2nd week in the #TpTChallenge and this week is Dare to Dream!

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Travel more outside the United States…

One of the things that my husband and I enjoy doing (especially now that we are semi-empty nesters) is travel. But so far our traveling has been inside the United States or Mexico. We would love to one day venture out beyond the United States and Mexico and experience all there is out there!

New Kitchen Countertops, Microwave & Stove…

This year we have been re-doing our kitchen a little at a time. We re-did our cabinets back in January (over our anniversary, but don’t feel too bad, we went to Disney afterwards to celebrate!) and loved how they turned out. We used a rust-oleum kit. So the next thing we need are kitchen countertops, and a new microwave and stove to match the fridge and dishwasher.

Here is a picture of the before and after of the cabinets. We actually want to extend the cabinets as well… That will need to happen before we do the countertops.

Before:After Cabinets

1000 TpT Followers in 2016…

Then my last dream is to get to 1000 TpT followers by the end of 2016. Currently at 446, it may be a big dream. But I’m almost halfway there. Maybe you guys can help me fulfill that dream?! Just click “follow” here. 🙂 Seriously, I love making resources to help teachers have fun with their students, and if it makes life a little easier, even better!

What are your big dreams that you hope and wish for?

Tech Tuesday: NinGenius Music iOS app

There is a fairly new music app in the app store and it is a lot of fun! If you have any students that enjoy the martial arts, this will most likely be a favorite. NG5NinGenius has 3 different purchase options to choose from. The Student edition ($2.99) is for individual students learning one instrument. Scores will only be tracked for that student. The Studio edition ($9.99) will allow the teacher to put unlimited students under one instrument. And the School edition ($17.99) will allow unlimited students under unlimited instruments. (This is great if you have a studio or classroom that teachers more than one instrument) In the school edition the instruments included so far are: Baritone, Bass, Bassoon, Clarinet, Cello, Flute, F Horn, Guitar, Mallets, Oboe, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola and Violin.

NinGenius was developed by two brothers, Anthony and Curtis Winters. Anthony is the programmer and Curtis does the music and graphics. Curtis is a junior band & orchestra teacher in Orem, Utah, and has been using this app for several months with great success. Curtis said, “Band, Orchestra, Choir, and Piano teachers should know that we are committed to keeping it updated, bug-free, and expanded with each update, allowing teachers to use it year after year and keep track of thousands of student scores (with the freedom to delete individual students and all student data whenever they want).”

I love that they created these 3 app options so we can determine what is best for us. For the purpose of this review I will be focusing on the Studio edition using Piano as the instrument.

First to add students you will want to turn on the INSTRUCTOR MODE. This will unlock the ability to add, delete and change names. Instructors will also be able to view the play history to see how students did on their score, accuracy and speed. This is especially helpful if you aren’t right there with them while they are playing. The instructor mode does need a password. I actually appreciated this feature and wish it was available other apps like Piano Maestro as my students like to go in and change other students names thinking they are being silly.NG4There are a couple playing modes in NinGenius Music. The STUDY MODE teaches the note names AND fingerings for each note in the chosen level. The fingering mode really is what sets this app apart from other note reading apps out there. In the  Study Mode, students can choose to hide an answer until tapped. So they can name the answer and then tap the scroll to see if they got it right. When they feel they know their notes pretty well they can go on to TEST MODE.

NG3TEST MODE is where the fun begins! If in the fingering option for piano, students will see a 3 multiple choice options on the actual keyboard. For the note option, they will see the note names. In test mode there is a countdown clock as they are naming their notes. As the countdown gets smaller the background music gets faster with a higher pitch. If you have students where that kind of thing causes major anxiety I would just recommend muting the music.   When they get the note right enough times they break the board (the board gets weaker until breaking point). When they get the note wrong it can cause the poor ninja some pain. Get them wrong enough times, the ninja will pass out and the game will be over.

There are 4 levels of difficulty. (Easy, Medium, Advanced, and NinGenius) From what I can tell EASY concentrates on treble lines, MEDIUM adds in the bass clef, ADVANCED is treble and bass clef with more notes and NINGENIUS adds in some ledger lines.

NG2Scores are based on accuracy and speed. Students can earn speed bonus points for answering quickly and correctly. Once they complete their round they will earn a colored belt and a score. If their score is high enough they will make it into the Top 10 High Scores list which is found on the main screen. This is a huge motivator for trying to beat their score again and again! The high score list shows the current Top-10 scores for each level. GN6

When I shared with Curtis that I would love to see the option to customize notes, he told me that it is already on their to-do list!

Here are some ways I thought would be fun to use NinGenius:

1) The typical way (with you, during music tech time, at home, etc…)

2) Round Robin/Hot Potato style- Students lining up to the iPad and taking turns answering a note one at a time or passing the iPad around before the timer goes off. (remember to keep iPad on the floor!)

3) Projecting it on a screen and having students answer aloud while you push the answer. (or do this in round robin style, projected)

Curtis shared with me that they have a long list of ways to improve and build NinGenius. “We really want to make this the premium music education app by including rhythm games, a two-player versus mode, music theory training sessions, Game Center compatibility (so students and teachers can compare scores all across the world), bonus belts and collectible wardrobe options, etc., etc.”

He shared that he is especially eager to get several instruments (including piano) set up to where you touch the correct key or place on the fingerboard rather than choose between three multiple-choice options.

Whether your students are in a private, group or classroom setting, NinGenius Music is a very fun and engaging note and fingering game students will enjoy! I cannot wait to see what else they add to NinGenius!

The Winter brothers were so kind enough to do a giveaway in conjunction with this review. The giveaway is for two Student Editions and one Studio Edition.

To enter this giveaway, like NinGenius on Facebook, like FPSResources on Facebook (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment below. Good luck! Deadline to enter is Friday, June 26th, 10:00pm (AZ) MST time.

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