The other day I had a student come in for her lessons a little frustrated because the piece that she was learning did not sound at all like it did when I had played it. Something was clearly wrong but she could not figure out what to do. She said to me, “I even wrote in all the notes to make sure I was doing it correctly.” It didn’t take me long to see that she had written the treble notes for the bass clef. As she was playing her bass…. I mean treble notes in the bass clef alone, […]
A fun and easy activity you can do with your students during group lessons or camps is a Sound Story or Sound Poem. Because it is that time of year, I thought I would share a Christmas one that I did with my students back in 2010. Boy, my students have grown up! (If anyone knows the source to this particular story please let me know. I can’t find it!) Here is another one we did that same year with the Gingerbread Man story. With this one I was having students create motifs. You can really take any story […]
I just love this time of year. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…. I LOVE Christmas music. It just has a way of lifting the spirits and I do not mind it one bit when I hear it in stores, restaurants or radio a little bit “early”. Matter of fact, I was having breakfast with my husband at one of our favorite places last weekend and my eyes totally lit up when I found myself singing along and realizing it was Christmas music! I have been telling my students this week that Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away, can you believe […]
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Recently announced from MakingMusicFun.net is the annual MMF! Summer Stars Online Music Festival! The registration packet will be out soon but I wanted to give you a heads up so you can let your students know and start preparing. Since most students are already working on a recital piece, this is the perfect time to make even better use of it! A couple years ago I was able to participate as an adjudicator and really enjoyed hearing the pieces that were entered. The great thing about this festival it is really for all students. Below are the details. Stay tuned for the application […]
Hey guys! Just a quick note to let you know I did a Periscope broadcast this morning that highlighted some of the products I mentioned in this post. However it didn’t record the broadcast (even though I turned on the settings to do so…). So I went ahead and just re-recorded the highlights and included the video link to this post. Hope it helps! Be sure to ‘Like’ FPSResources on Facebook and follow FPSResources on TpT to stay up to date on giveaways, reviews and other music resources!
I’m super excited to tell you about a couple webinars you will not want to miss. Tracy Selle, author of 101 Piano Practice Tips, has interviewed 14 terrific teachers sharing their tips, tricks and secrets. (I’m honored to be among them.) You will definitely want to tune in. The webinar will be launched on October 12th at which time you will be able to watch whenever is convenient for you. The first 3 days of the launch you can 30% off the price of registration if you use the coupon code: LAUNCH2015. The code is good for all the courses, but only until […]