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Great Gems: Aspects of a Great Musician

Each week I am going to focus on a different aspect of a great musician.  These will be my "Great Gems." My different aspects will be *   Notes : Good Reading and Listening *   Rhythm : Steady Counting and Accuracy *   Dynamics: Observes Louds and Softs *   Articulation : Observes all markings *   Focus : Listening to directions, Paying attention,                  Keeps hands in lap *   Prepared : Brings all materials, Completes assignments *   Technique : Good Posture, Good Hand Position Each week I plan on focusing on a different aspect.  We will talk about why this aspect is important and how to improve in our lesson time and practice.   This week our "Great Gem" is FOCUS.  It really helped the students, especially the younger ones, understand what I mean when I say "Let's Focus".  I rewarded the student with a extra jewel to go with my Hidden Treasures Theme if they kept their FOCUS throughout the lesson.  If you are not

Invoice App

Invoice2go App I have been looking for an App that will send invoices to my piano students.  I tried out several apps and loved  Invoice to Go .  This app has several great features, but overall I liked how easy it was to use. You have several templates to choose from and you can even import your own logo.  Don't have a logo?  Pick one from the clip art provided. Another great feature is the use of paypal built right in the invoice.  If you use paypal, it can be an easy way for parents to pay you. You can also send a receipt once the student has paid. Here are some screen shots: Easily add customer name and item.   See monthly, quarterly or yearly reports Sample of email sent that works as a receipt

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Boom Songs

Click on the picture for a copy of these songs! Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Song Sung to "The Ant's Go Marching" written by Jeana Beasley A told B then B told C (Chicka, Chicka) C told D and E and F (Chicka, Chicka) I'll meet you at the top of the tree Tell the other letters for me And they all went climbing  Up the tree (Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom) F told G then G told H (Chicka, Chicka) H told I and J and K (Chicka, Chicka) I'll meet you at the top of the tree Tell the other letters for me And they all went climbing  Up the tree (Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom) K told L then L told M (Chicka Chicka) M told N then O then P  (Chicka Chicka) I'll meet you at the top of the tree Tell the other letters for me And they all went climbing  Up the tree (Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom) P told Q then Q told R (Chicka Chicka) R told S then T then U (Chicka Chicka) I'll meet you at the top of the tree Tell the other letters f

Fun Downloadable Music Games for FREE!

I came across a great resource today:   The Music Interactive .  The website has a lot of free games to download, including a fun STAFF WARS game.  You must register to download the games.  I can't wait to share these with my students! Other great games are RHYTHM DICTATION, which has the student listen to a rhythm and choose the correct sequence from the rhythms provided.  You are able to choose what rhythms to include, so it is appropriate for different levels. RHYTHM BLOCK is similar, except their patterns to choose from. SPEED NOTE is not as exciting as Staff Wars, though it does have selectable levels. Enjoy these fun games!

Staff Flashcards

Here are some staff note flashcards I use.  They go from Low C to High C. I have two versions:  Plain flashcards and some smaller playing cards. Staff Flashcards Staff Playing Cards

Hidden Treasures Practice Assignment Record

I have modified my assignment sheet to record the progress of the students as they sail the high seas. There is now a place to record how many jewels they have collected each week.  The graphic to the left is placed at the bottom of the assignment sheet.  For some reason it shows up a little blurry in the preview below, but it prints out clear! For more information on this year's theme click:  Hidden Treasures . Google Docs: Hidden Treasures Piano Assignment Record

Treasure Map: Reward Incentive

Ahoy Mateys!  I have been swabbing the deck (cleaning my studio) and preparing to embark on our pirate journey this week!  I am using this treasure map as an incentive chart for my students. For my treasure map, I will have students collect hidden treasure (jewels) for different accomplishments. 1 Jewel ·       Accomplishing a practice goal ·       Mastering a technique ·       Mastery of a piece 3 Jewels                          ·      Memorizing a piece ·       Improvement in One Minute Score ·       Perform outside studio ·       Finish drill card ·       Complete 10 sight reading drills ·       Complete 10 rhythm drills 5 Jewels ·       Participate in Festival ·        Complete 10 pages of drill sheets Here are the jewels I am giving away:  Just little tiny beads I got at Walmart. When the student collects 5 beads I will mark them off on their Treasure Map.  When they reach a landmark and are promoted, I am going to reward th