Exciting Things Coming Soon!

It’s been super busy behind the scenes over here. Several of you have asked when the new practice incentive program will be ready and I have good news! It will be released this weekend! WHOOHOO!!!

Thank you so much for your patience! I was hoping to have it out the beginning of this week but I was in the middle of a huge blog update and along with a few other things, caused some set backs! I promise it will be sooooo worth the wait! Here are a couple more sneak peak pictures if you missed some of them on Facebook… plus a new one! Canyon Creek Media made the whole green screen idea a possibility! So fun!

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Rockin’ the wig cap!

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Behind the scenes! Canyon Creek Media made this happen!

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What do you think? Should I go blond?

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One of the scenes from The Magical Lute; A Musical Quest!

Speaking of blog update…

First, if you haven’t gone directly to FPSResources.com, check it out! I have been wanting to do a big update to the blog awhile back and then realized this is never going to get done unless I hire someone to do it for me. So who to better ask but Bryn Sowash with Skitterbug! She has been great to work with, I would highly recommend her. We are in the final phase and I am so excited!

Something you will notice when visiting is I now have a exclusive newsletter for my email subscribers! I have a lot to celebrate over the next month so you will want make sure you sign up for my email list. (This is different than signing up to receive emails for updated blog posts.) My email/newsletter subscribers will receive exclusive tips, specials, freebies, resources and more so you won’t want to miss out!

Sign up HERE!

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What I will be celebrating soon…

– Updated blog look!

-500+ followers on TpT!

-1,000 followers on Facebook (only 5 more to make this official- WOW!)

-My Birthday!

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Music Themed USB Flash Drives

So if you know Lori Frazer (Yamaha guru) or ever seen her present, you will know that she collects some fun USB flash drives! I am getting ready to post about her presentation at the ASMTA conference and thought of her and her flash drives.

I couldn’t help but go to Amazon and see if there were any music themed ones. Of course there are and they are so fun! Check these out! (Just click on the pictures for the links)

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Technique Trainer Update!

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 12.29.24 PMDid you hear? Technique Trainer now has an unlimited studio licensing option! This is GREAT news! For a little investment (what you would spend for 5 students) you can use this resource with ALL your students!

If you missed my review on Technique Trainer click here. Then click here to view all the pages of the book and how to order.


 

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TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale!

TpTSaleThis week is Teacher Appreciation Week! To help celebrate all your hard work, TpT is hosting a Teacher Appreciation Sale! My store is participating in the sale so if you have anything on your wish list I have put everything (yes including bundles- which I usually don’t do since they are already discounted) 20% off PLUS when you use promo code: THANKYOU you will get an extra 8% off. That is 28% off!

Don’t do what I did last time and forget the promo code. Matter of fact put it in first! If you haven’t started a wish list yet, better get started because this sale only lasts for two days, May 5-6th.

To visit my TpT store, click here. Happy Shopping!

 

Wishlist Wednesday

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Did you hear? There is a HUGE sale going on at TpT right now. The biggest discount you will be able get for a while so be sure to take advantage! Just don’t forget to enter the special code Heroes!

I am linking up with Aileen Miracle for Wishlist Wednesday. In this linky party we are sharing one item from our store, one from another store and a clipart item.

1. Item from my store…

Since summer will be upon us before we know it, I thought I would share a Group Made Fun product which is a product you can use for camps, workshops, classes and group lessons. Right now I just have a few in my store with more coming soon!

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 9.00.24 AMGroup Made Fun: Conducting Basics includes up to 2 hours of lesson planning, conducting basic tips for students, conducting posters to use and a snack and craft idea to do with your students.

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.59.10 AMI think it is important for students to know the basics of conducting regardless of the instrument they play. Plus it is actually a lot of fun for them to learn how to conduct and follow a conductor!

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2. Item from another store…

Something that has been on my wish list for awhile is Student Savvy’s Music Activities.

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Students learn about the four different musical instrument types(percussion, brass, woodwind, and string) and have the chance to create their own instrument. They brainstorm together and then draw a picture and present their creation. In addition there is an opportunity for story writing. I think it looks like a great supplemental resource in a class, camp, workshop, etc… and am looking forward in using it.

3. Clipart

This one is a hard one because I have a lot on my wish list! Quite a few of them are from Educlips so I thought I would feature one of those. I have been wanting to get her backgrounds for awhile as there are a lot of possibilities for them.

One that I didn’t have on my wish list yet (but is now) is the Biomes and Landforms bundle. I thought this was a unique bundle and am looking forward to doing something with it!

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 9.16.15 AMWell that is it for Wishlist Wednesday! Have fun creating your wish list and then adding it to your cart! I know I will! 😉

 

Review Series: Music Teacher Store; Leap Frog Card Game

Today I am reviewing a fun product you can find in the Music Teacher Store called Leap Frog Card Game.

Created by Emily Hibbert, Leap Frog is a fun grand staff note reading game that helps students learn and review their notes on the grand staff. It reinforcing notes from the lower ledger G line to the upper ledger F line. Leap Frog is an interactive card game that gets the students saying the note names, recognizing them visually on staff and literally gets them moving; reinforcing auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning skills.

Leap Frog is based on the Rainbow Note Reading Program which is a color coded method for teaching location and separation of octaves on the Grand Staff. When you receive the game, the cards will come in sheets where you can laminate them so they will last longer and then cut them. (I wish I would have thought to laminate before I cut mine) It will also come with a helpful sheet that explains the rainbow note reading program since the game is based on the colored program. (I did laminate this!)

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Similar in Uno style, students will find and play cards based on the same color or note group, or a card with an instruction on it. What makes this game stand out are the instruction cards. The instruction cards allows for an interactive experience and really makes the game a ton of fun!

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Here is a fun example of one of my students playing this game when he received this card…

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If your students are too “mature” for that, no worries, they can still move on with the game. But it really is fun to be silly too!

Students win the game when they have the least amount of points in their hand when the game is over. (Either when someone runs out of cards, or it’s time for the game to stop).

The Leap Frog Card Game is available at the Music Teacher Store here.

EmilyHibbertEmily Hibbert is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.  She began teaching piano at the age of 13 and has continued for 36 years.  She studied Piano Pedagogy at Utah State University and taught at the University Conservatory for children.

Hibbert is the owner of The Grand Staff Piano Studio and the author/publisher of The Alpha Series, a curriculum that helps teachers maximize their time and effectiveness by teaching children in groups.  Originally based in Utah, the curriculum has been taught by many teachers in states across the nation. This curriculum was evaluated as part of her national certification. She is also a co author of the first two editions of Adventures in Music camp curriculums. Emily has developed several teaching aids and card games that are sold nationally.

Hibbert has given numerous presentations on Group teaching and Creative Scheduling for music teachers at local chapters and state conventions.  She has hosted many motivational seminars teaching skills to maximize quality of teaching on a national basis. 

Emily enjoys coaching intermediate and advanced 5 Piano ensembles as part of her teaching studio in Middleton Idaho.  She and her husband Dale have 6 children, who frequently perform together in 5 Piano, 2 piano and duet teams.  Emily teaches group and private students of all levels.