4th of July FUN: Day 1

I’m participating with Amy Abbott from Music a la Abbott (Thanks Amy!) along with some other fabulous music teachers on a fun 4th of July event this week! Each day until the 4th look out for something new.

Today we are kicking it off with a freebie! Be sure to grab those freebies TODAY because some of them will no longer be free tomorrow. You can find all these fantastic freebies by searching “July1stMusicFreedomFreebie” on TeachersPayTeachers.

As you go through and download, please be sure to follow each store. This will alert you whenever any of them add a new resource (paid or free) to their store.”

I decided to create a freebie to help students learn and remember the word’s to the United States National Anthem. Enjoy!



In other news… I’m also excited to announce that I have reached 500 followers on TpT! And you know what that means! I have a celebration in store. However, because I am diligently working hard on my new practice incentive program I will need to do a belated celebration. This celebration will only go out to my followers in their inbox on TeachersPayTeachers so if you aren’t following yet, you have time to do it now! Follow here. Once it goes out, it only goes to current followers.

Have a fabulous 4th of July week!

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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: www.modernmusician.co/itunes

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: sightreadingacademy@gmail.com – (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: www.modernmusician.co

iTunes link: www.modernmusician.co/itunes

Stitcher link: www.modernmusician.co/stitcher

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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!

Be sure to ‘Like’ FPSResources on Facebook and follow FPSResources on TpT to stay up to date on giveaways, discounts, reviews and other music resources!

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.

Be sure to ‘Like’ FPSResources on Facebook and follow FPSResources on TpT to stay up to date on giveaways, discounts, reviews and other music resources!


$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?