Review: NoteBusters

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Do you have students in your studio that struggle with note reading? When I received the book, NoteBusters in the mail my first thought was WOW!!! I was not expecting such a thick book. NoteBusters is a note reading drill workbook on steroids. I kid you not.

Developed by Karen Spurney and Steven Gross, NoteBusters is jam packed with 240 one minute exercises your student can do covering over 30 notes on the grand staff. The cover page is bright and fun and the inside layout is very clean and organized. It is divided into 6 sections adding more notes on the grand staff to drill. As explained on the website, “The first three sections cover notes that appear on the treble, bass, and grand staves. The final three sections cover notes both on and off the staff (ledger line notes). Each one-minute exercise contains 20-24 notes for the student to identify.” Included in the back of NoteBusters is an answer sheet for students to check their answers on their own.

Sample pages…

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The nice thing about this book is it can be used however you need and would like to use it. Want to use just one exercise each week? Or maybe as a class in a group setting? Or maybe you want to drill several pages at a time? Or perhaps you would like a resource for a little friendly note reading competition? Regardless what your goal is for a student, it can be done.

On the NoteBusters blog, Karen has created a 3 part series of video’s for note reading that students can watch before they begin NoteBusters (optional).

There is something to be said by repetition. By the time a student is done with NoteBusters they will have BUSTED their note reading problem away.

Steven has graciously offered to giveaway 1 copy of NoteBusters to a lucky reader of FPSResources!  To enter, leave a comment on what you do to improve note reading in your studio.  Deadline to enter is Thursday, October 17th 10:00pm (mountain standard time).  (*Winner MUST respond within 72 hours of announcement or another winner will be chosen*) The winner will be announced on this blog and on the FPSResources Facebook page by Friday, October 18th. Be sure you subscribe to the blog and on our Facebook page so you don’t miss out seeing if you are a winner! Good luck!


Disclaimer:  I received this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own.