Review: Piano Pronto

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Back in 2011 I started using Piano Pronto with my students. It all started with a couple transfers I was stumped on what books I wanted to use and Piano Pronto was sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be used. Once I started with the series I was hooked. You can read about my experiences back then here and here. It has now been 2 1/2 years since I have been using Jennifer Eklund’s music in my studio and I can’t tell you how glad I am that I had those transfers back then that stumped me because I have been extremely happy with everything that she has written.

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Most of my students (even adults- they LOVE Piano Pronto) now use Piano Pronto because I have seen such growth in my students from these method books. Students not only advance faster but are enjoying the music as they are advancing! Most of the pieces in the method books are familiar. In the beginning levels students will play familiar folk tunes. As they advance, they are excited about familiar classical pieces. There is a variety of styles found- folk tunes, classical, jazz, blues and some Eklund originals.

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In the last couple years Jennifer Eklund has been offering some awesome supplementary material. And when I saw awesome, that is putting it mildly. I can’t say enough about her arrangements and original compositions. Recently, I started using the New Horizons, Impressions, Dog Days and other supplemental books as a “performance” book along with the method for my students. The pieces are so fun and motivating for students to play. There is not a dud in the bunch!

And we have to mention the Christmas music! Jennifer’s Christmas Classics books are my most favorite Christmas music to play! The arrangements are pure heaven. Every single one of them truly brings in the Christmas spirit. Even my parents have been mentioning how much they love hearing the pieces their children are playing at home.

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Since I am a HUGE Piano Pronto fan, I took advantage of the digital unlimited reproduction option that Jennifer now offers in her store. When you purchase the unlimited reproduction option you can legally print out unlimited copies for all the students in your studio. After purchasing this option, I just email my local printer the digital file and give him my printing order. Purchasing this option up front was worth the investment to me because I use her material a lot. I LOVE that she included this option and would love to see more publishing companies do this. I also put a copy of the music on my iPad so it is conveniently available should a student forget their music.

If you are looking for material to use with your students I highly recommend looking into the Piano Pronto materials if you haven’t already. You can view and listen to samples on the website. If you are not a subscriber to Piano Pronto’s YouTube page, be sure to subscribe. This is where you can see andor hear Jennifer Eklund playing her arrangements or original compositions.

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129 Comments

  1. Jill Elisabeth Zuber

    I’d love to win this! I’m always looking for new material to inspire students.

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    • Laura

      My students and I have enjoyed Jennifer’s original music and arrangements since the beginning. She understands today’s busy piano student and knows what they like and what will keep them playing. I’d love to win a copy of her method book because I think I have everything else:-)

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  2. Saundra

    I love Jennifer’s music! I have students playing some of it in my upcoming recital. I would love to win this giveaway!

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  3. Beth

    I purchased studio copies of her two beginner Christmas sets – her volume 1 or 2 would be an exciting addition!

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  4. heather watson

    We own 2 dogs so I know my daughter would love to have a go at these tunes too!

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  5. Coila Peterson Robinson

    I’ve read so many comments on how good Jennifer’s music is that I’d love to win a book for introduction to her materials for my studio.

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  6. kmurello

    Hi! I would LOVE to try the Piano Pronto method with my students! Thanks for the opportunity to try it out! 🙂

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  7. Alice

    I love Jennifer’s music, but don’t have the Christmas collections. Would love to!

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  8. Brenda Slocum

    Oh yes.. .pick me. I have two students doing her Carols of the Bells duet. It should be great.

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  9. Sheila

    What wonderful resources!

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  10. barbgrout

    Looking forward to checking out Piano Pronto!

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  11. Heather Hearn Rathnau, NCTM

    Meeting Jennifer and using her music in my studio has been a highlight of 2013 for me! My students LOVE to play her music! The review, above, is 100% spot on!

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  12. Suzanne

    Wow, sounds neat. I had never heard of this series before. Will have to check it out one way or the other.

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  13. Megan Desmarais

    I just recently came across Jennifer’s website. Looks like fun music!

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  14. Christine

    Jennifer is awesome!

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  15. Bev

    I have to ditto all the recommendations made! I too started out using them for transfer students and was so pleased with their pleasure in the music and how much it helped me be able to figure out what the students were lacking, etc. I am now using all of Jennifer’s material and love it all!

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  16. leia12

    Please enter me! I love, love, love all of Jennifer Eklund’s music! She is an amazing talent.

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    • Susan

      I am a piano teacher and I could really go for some new beautiful Christmas music. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  17. Robbin

    Wow! Wouldn’t I love to try this in my studio. I think my students would be very pleased.

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  18. Roshi

    Thanks for the opportunity. Would love to explore this music!

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  19. Evelyn Yearty

    I’ve been following Jennifer on Facebook and find her music appealing. Thanks flor the great review!

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  20. Mary Mincy

    Thanks for that great review – I will most definitely be checking out the books and trying them out for some of my new students!

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  21. Laura B.

    Thanks for all the info about Piano Pronto. I’m still in search of the ideal piano method and now feel inspired to check out Jennifer’s materials.

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  22. nmusic7

    What a fantastic review! Jennifer ‘s stuff looks awesome!

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  23. Nancy

    I have used several of Jennifer’s Christmas arrangements and my students simply love them! Would like to check out her method books as well.

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  24. Rhoda

    Always looking for something new and exciting!

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  25. Alllison

    This sounds like “a must have!”

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  26. Brenda

    Thanks for your comments on Piano Pronto. It is always good to learn of other teachers’ experience with a method before committing to it. I would love to try it with my students.

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  27. Kate Mould

    Didn’t know of piano pronto, but just listened to ‘Carol of the Bells’ advanced verion. What a beautiful arrangement!

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  28. Donna

    I will definitely check this series out! I would love to win! I’m always looking for new material to keep my students motivated about piano! Thanks for this information!

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  29. Wh

    Thank you for sharing your experience! I will have to look into this series. Faster advancement while enjoying the music sounds great.

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  30. Jennifer-Anne Creekmore

    I to have some transfer students who have “stumped” me on what method books to use. I will def. go check out piano pronto and see if it would be a good fit. Thanks for the chance to win some PiAno Pronto items. 🙂

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  31. Andrea

    Already a fan of the supplementary material, but I don’t have the books offered in this contest. Would love to win!

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  32. Jimmi Wilson

    Thanks for this chance to win 🙂

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  33. Margaret MacKenzie

    I, too, love Jennifer’s series! I would love to win her Christmas book! Thank you!

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  34. Brad

    Would love to use this material.

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  35. Sue

    This would be great to win! Thank you to Jennifer for doing this.

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  36. Jeannie

    Think it is time for me to start reviewing new curriculum

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  37. Karen

    I love Jennifer Eklund and would love to win one of her books

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  38. Lori

    I love Jennifer’s music & would love to win!

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  39. kate janssen

    I, too, love Jennifer’s music and have gotten a few students who were waining back into loving piano by introducing her compositions to them!

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  40. Teresa

    Would love to win !

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  41. carolyn

    This sounds like a great collection to have. Would love to win a copy!

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  42. Merri Williams

    I would love to win either of these collections. My students have *loved* Jennifer’s works, and I fully anticipate having more and more of them in use in my studio. Thank you, Jennifer, for creating these lovely pieces of music that not only provide great exposure to some beautiful music, but encourage our students to continue on with their studies. 🙂

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  43. Juliet

    Always keen to try new repertoire and this sounds like it would be useful 🙂

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  44. Joyce Hoke

    Jennifer, I used a lot of songs from the Christmas books this weekend at our church’s big Christmas event – they loved the music – thank you so much!!!!!!!!!

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  45. Paula

    My students are really enjoying your music Jennifer – and I love teaching it because they
    love to learn it. If I happened to win this it would be great, but either way I will continue to
    buy your compositions….

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  46. Catherine

    I love the Piano Pronto materials! Jennifer’s arrangements always sound beautiful and at the same time have “lessons” built in! I’ve had a student who is literally afraid to move out of “position” but the beginning Christmas book has helped her tremendously! Thanks for great materials Jennifer!

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  47. Natalie McHenry

    Found Jennifer’s music and PianoPronto earlier this year via Making Music Fun blog. I LOVE IT! My students don’t feel like little kids with kiddy pictures. They can move through at their own pace. Most of them love to practice because they love the music! I can’t wait to own the whole library! (slowly, but surely!)

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  48. Yvonne

    I really enjoy Jennifer’s arrangements.

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  49. Gwyn goertzen

    This would be awesome to win. I am not familiar with her series and this would be a good place to get familiar with her style.

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  50. Stephanie

    Oh man, I’d love to win this! 😀 I love Jennifer’s music! I’m using it with more and more of my students!

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  51. Julie Anderson

    I had started using Piano Pronto this past May with 4 students who had progressed quickly through Alfred’s Premier 1A and I felt could and needed to go faster. They have flown through Jennifer’s pieces and I’m hearing so many comments from parents that their students are playing more at home: Score! I was fortunate this summer to meet Jennifer at the NCKP and purchased more of her materials. I just gave “Songs I love to Play” to a student who has been a challenge to find music she wants to play and this student loves it! Looking forward to more from Jennifer.

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  52. Diane conway

    I thoroughly enjoy sharing Jennifer’s music with my students! I’d love to win!

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  53. Lu Lampson

    Jennifer is directly responsible for a change of heart from one of my pupils – she was on the verge of giving up, and I had even received notice from her mother – but then we discovered Jennifer’s fabulous music and she decided to ditch her extra netball practise in favour of playing the piano! Thank you so much for your inspiration Jennifer!

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  54. Bernie

    I am very impressed with Jennifer’s web site and her material. My studio is small but I am eager to try some of her music!

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  55. Lisa D.

    Thank you for this introduction to Jennifer’s music. I will most definitely check it out. My students always love new things!

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  56. Sonja Endreson

    Jennifer Eklund is beginning to be a household/studio name around here!!! Students are loving to learn her beautifully arranged music & performing at our studio fall recital! Obtaining more of her music would be a joy! Thank you so much!!

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  57. Whitney Hawker

    I have used several supplementary pieces with students and they love the popular sounds of the music. Still need to check out the Piano Pronto materials so thanks for the positive review!

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  58. Shannon

    I’ve heard many good things about her music so I would love to win this to start my collection of her music at my studio!

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  59. sam allott

    Hi Jennifer , my two parents students are absolutely loving the christmas books I bought from you at MTAC. I love your stuff.

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  60. Heidi N

    I’d love to try out some of Jennifer’s music with my students!

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  61. Bjarne Pedersen

    I already have Holiday Classics 1 and it’s wonderful to work with. Would love to have vol 2 as well. Jennifer is first on my list when looking for new materials.

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  62. Laurie Bird

    What I looked at was very impressive. I’d love to enter the contest.

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  63. Maxine Adams Lo

    How cool! I would love to see some new Christmas stuff for my students!!

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  64. Anna Kennedy

    Oh wow, looks like some great stuff! Thanks for your review and the giveaway! 🙂

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  65. Nancy Casey

    I use some of her music now and would to see more.

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  66. Dixie

    I would love to give my students some of Jennifer’s music. It looks great!

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  67. Natalie Gibson Grimes

    I purchased Jennifer’s Christmas Classics Volume 1 last summer at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Now that the holiday season is finally here, I am really enjoying playing these arrangements!

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  68. Mary Beth Purchase

    I just went to the Florida State MTA conference and met Jennifer there. I really enjoyed her presentation and would love to receive the music!

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  69. Mariza R. Barbosa

    Since I have switched my students from their previous method book to Piano Pronto I have seen a great improvement — not only that having the theory with in the book has helped me from making theory sheets to go with the music selection. I just ordered 4 more books and it was so humble to receive a beautiful note from Jennifer and a surprise. I bought my books on the small business day!

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  70. Karen

    Would enjoy having!

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  71. Jane Berkowitz

    I would love to have a copy of that book.;

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  72. Barbara Heckenlively

    I recently ordered some of Jennifer’s book. I noticed that my teenage piano students always “went” for the unique, mysterious sounding or haunting types of music. I receiving a link to her website, through a facebook friend. To my delight, Jennifer’s website was the most user-friendly site I’ve ever seen. I was able to listen to every single one of her compositions. This is the reason I ordered her books … because I got to hear the pieces before I ordered. I would love to win this contest to introduce more of my students to her music.

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  73. Rebecca

    I’m loving all of the freebies she posts, which are fantastic, and have been seriously thinking about getting the Piano Pronto method, too. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  74. muzeek

    Jennifer is an accomplished female composer.
    I’m so pleased to see her success!

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  75. Geri Miller

    I would love to try some of Jennifer’s music! It sounds great and would give me some more options for my students. Thanks for this offer.

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  76. Carla

    This music sounds great! I would love to try it with my students!!

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  77. Spring Seals

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Piano Pronto lately and would love to try it out!

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  78. Janeen

    I absolutely love Jehhifer’s music!! To receive another book would be a Christmas blessing!

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  79. LibbyW

    I’m loving Jennifer’s music, too!

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  80. Rachel

    I love Jennifer’s music. The Christmas arrangements are great!

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  81. valorian

    I’d love to win! Our daughter wants to learn piano and I’d love to try this out!

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  82. Ann

    I am an adult student and found Jennifer by sheer luck! What a great inspiration she has been in my progression in learning. Her music is relevant and beautiful and so much more interesting than my basic lessons! Working thru her methods and pieces helped me so much to advance in a timely manner! I own both Christmas Volumes and they are full of beautiful arrangements of favorite carols! Would make a great gift to give to my piano teacher!

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  83. Susan

    such beautiful music! love it!

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  84. Rhona-Mae Arca

    I love Jennifer’s arrangements. I just purchased “The Chase” and “End Game”. I can’t wait to work with my students with them.

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  85. Destiny Woods

    My piano student has been enjoying the beginner pieces from Piano Pronto–she loves to play!

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  86. Luciana Rezk

    Comprei vários livros e amei! Achei sensacional os arranjos e meus alunos também amaram. Super recomendo!
    Obrigada Jeniffer!
    Luciana Spínola Rezk
    São Paulo- Brasil

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  87. Kerrie Brown

    I would enjoy seeing one of her books and trying more of her arrangements.

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  88. Olomo Patrimo

    Good and real review, I would like to handle this one.

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  89. Diane Volkman

    I love that Jennifer’s music is so out there on the internet! It’s great when you have instant access to download wonderful music. I’d love to win this!

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  90. Scott Rowe

    As a student, I really enjoying playing Christmas music. I have never played any of Piano Pronto’s Christmas music though.

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  91. BJ Harman

    I have played a few of Jennifer’s pieces and I love them. Would sure love to win the Christmas music!

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  92. Erin Verheul

    i love playing the piano so i would love this book

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  93. Roberta

    Thank you, Jennifer, for your continued generosity in the sharing of your beautiful music and arrangements!

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  94. Sammie Hunter

    I have used some of Jennifer’s beginning pieces and books. It is so nice to be able to offer something different to my students. I like the theory mixed in with pieces, and I especially like how she has small sections to practice before starting a new piece. The notes are big and easy to read and make learning very delightful for my students. They enjoy the music also. Her simplified classical music is wonderful to use with fairly new students who want to play classical music, but aren’t ready for the masters as yet. I highly recommend her music. Thank you Jennifer for giving us an alternative. It is also very nice to be able to download her music and not have to go to the Music store and hour away. I just charge a little extra to pay for the paper and ink.

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  95. Shirley Moon

    I am an adult returning to the piano after a 40 year break! I found Jennifer’s Piano Pronto and the level books were just what I needed to get going again. However, the Christmas music lights up my life. I start practicing in September! The music is so beautiful and lifts my spirits!

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  96. Genny Rafferty

    I have been wanting to try her music!

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  97. Kitty

    I am always excited to try new Christmas music! Thanks for the give-away.

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  98. Aleta

    I have enjoyed Jennifer Eklund’s freebies on her website, and have wanted to try more of her music! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  99. Loraine

    I would love to receive a free copy to try out in my studio

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  100. jeannemarielaframboise

    Excellent marketing of some creative music! I hope to try some of these materials.

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  101. Diane

    I started using Piano Pronto with my students and have found a remarkable excitement in their learning. I love all the books!

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  102. Marion

    What a great Christmas gift this would be for me if I won this prize!

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  103. Sylvia Eastwold

    Last Sunday night I was asked to play about 15 minutes of prelude music – right then! I grabbed Jennifer Eklund’s Christmas Classics vol. 1 and played away. Life Saver!! I thought it rather funny that people were still talking while I played several pieces but at the first notes of Carol of the Bells it got completely quiet! I was more or less sight reading so that was a bit disconcerting. But luckily I was teaching this to a student so I was famiar with this beautiful arrangement. Thank you Jennifer for such beautiful and accessible music!

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  104. Nicole D

    I tried to leave a comment but I don’t think it went through. I love Piano Pronto! So glad you’re promoting it.

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  105. Julie L.

    So many of my students have been inspired by Jennifer’s arrangements. She definitely knows how to get students motivated by arranging pieces they are familiar with.

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  106. Roxy

    I would LOVE to win more resources from Piano Pronto! We all LOVED the Christmas songs for our recital this year!

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  107. mizfrantic

    I’m new to the scene and hadn’t used Piano Pronto yet–but after exploring the website I’m ready to dive in!! Fingers crossed to win!

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  108. Beatriz Aguerrevere

    Thank you for this offer and all the others you do. I’ll be looking forward to using Piano Pronto.

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  109. Janice Holladay

    Would love to learn more about Piano Pronto!

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  110. Ann

    My 8 year old and I are learning piano together and it’s been so much fun. I look forward to learning more Christmas music with him. 🙂

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  111. Cathy

    I am loving the Christmas carols and would love to explore more of Piano Pronto.

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  112. Marcia Vahl

    Would love to win, but already have a lot of Piano Pronto books. Thanks for extending the deadline!

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  113. susanparadis

    I would love to win. Love Jennifer’s work!

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  114. Jacki Hazzard Alexander

    Well…what to say…I absolutely LOVE all of Jennifer Ecklund’s compositions, there are none that compare! I have purchased some Christmas solo sheets for students and myself, as well as her regular solos and can’t say enough good things about them. They are all just beautifully written and a joy to teach and play. I WANNA WIN! Thanks for entering me in this giveaway!

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  115. Claudia Reinsch

    I’m very intrigued and interested in trying Jennifer Ecklund’s materials with my students – there are so many positive reviews by other teachers, New materials and fresh ideas are so helpful to all of us who have been teaching for years.

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  116. Anna Fagan

    I can’t seem to keep a copy of her Christmas Classics Volume 2 in my studio, because every time I show it to a student they want to keep it! I would love to win a copy to keep for myself ….

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  117. Crystal

    I just took a quick glance at this and I’m amazed. I am still clinging to a few copies of an old method book (copyright 1940s), because I love the fact that notation is taught from page one! Will definitely spend some more time over the holidays looking through Piano Pronto, because I am not a fan of any of the current methods out there for beginners, and because it looks like what I would have liked to have written!!

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    • jennifereklund

      That is exactly the reason I wrote the series Crystal – please drop me an email if I can help you further!

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  118. Bethany Hooks

    Would LOVE to win a copy of her Christmas Classics! I feel you can’t have too much Christmas music. 🙂

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  119. Rebecca U

    I’d love to add a new book to my music library.

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  120. Barbara Phipps-Sadu

    I would like to try Jennifer Eklund’s music with my students.

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  121. Jerry Cornish

    Nice article. Well deserved recognition for the good work you continue to do. You are a great asset to the piano teaching community!

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  122. ML Bennett

    I am looking forward to getting to know Jennifer’s music more!

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