Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Web Wednesday

I would like to start off with a couple of links you can share with parents:

Now, back to business:
  • As someone who has somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,000 pieces of LEGO in her home, I LOVE this idea:

 Rhythmic Notation in LEGO (so good I felt the need to include a photo)

"What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience BECOMING, to find out what’s inside you, to MAKE YOUR SOUL GROW." (source)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Evernote for Music Teachers

I have perhaps mentioned this before, but I LOVE Evernote - I use it both personally and professionally. When I first started using it, I wasn't quite certain how exactly it would be useful to me but thought it was worth trying. Then I was sitting in carpool line at school, waiting to pick up my children, and I got a call from my attorney's office asking for a particular document that they needed ASAP. Since I had scanned the document and put it in Evernote, I was able to pull up the Evernote app on my phone and email the document to them within minutes of their request, just sitting there in my car. That experience made me a believer.

Then I started using it more often at work, and found it has a myriad of uses. I track special orders there, use it for 'read later' type of items, I keep a daily work journal there - notes about people I spoke with, things I needed to get done, etc.. I also like that I can access my business account from home, if someone calls me with a question on my day off during the week (this happens often).

I can access Evernote via apps for Android or IOS, or I can access it via the web. I have a folder that I share between my business and personal accounts, and I have a folder that I share between my personal account and my daughter's account (she's 12, and uses it for studying and writing papers and such). And no, Evernote isn't paying me anything, I just love their product and find it so useful I want to spread the word.

I thought I would share some links on how music teachers have used Evernote in their studio:

From the Collaborative Piano Blog, How to Use Evernote to Track Student Progress and Send Lesson Notes

This is a post on the Evernote Forums, Using Evernote for Private Music Lessons

From Advancing Musician, Evernote – How to Track Your Students’ Progress

From the Zoen Blog, 6 Ways to Use Evernote As A Tool For Both Music Teachers and Students

From Natalie at Music Matters, Evernote: A Fabulous Free App for Lesson Planning

Kristin Yost (of the iPod Piano Studio) uses Evernote

Leila Viss at the Music Teacher's Helper Blog,  Apps I Use at Every Lesson

From Kathleen Prochnau, Remember Everything

From Piano Pathways, Evernote App

From the Nerdy Teacher, Wrapping up the Epic @Evernote Experiment

If you're not familiar with Evernote, Lifehacker has some helpful articles: I've Been Using Evernote All Wrong. Here's Why It's Actually Amazing or What's All the Fuss About Evernote? Should I Be Using It? might be helpful for getting an idea of what it's all about.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Web Wednesday

From Beyond the Notes, Lessons about music and accompanying from a cricket (I love that book too!)

Have you seen the Rhythm Cup Explorations over at Compose Create? SO COOL.

Over at Foxx Piano Studio Resources, there is a guest post chock full of information on summer camps - Be Our Guest! Summer Camps

From the Collaborative Piano Blog, Music Class Resources Board on Pinterest

From Tim Topham, The Real Reason Teens Are Quitting Your Studio – Part 2 and from Foxx Piano Studio Resources, Part 3

From NPR, Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband

From 4D Piano Teaching, Discover a New Product That Can Save You Time and Money

This is from her archives, but has been making the rounds this week and is a great post: From Elissa Milne, “Beethoven to Britney”: my response

From 12 Most, 12 Most Pervasive Lies About Creativity

And speaking of creativity, I will leave you with this little gem (source):

Owly Images

Happy browsing!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Issues - Alfred Publishing

New from Alfred:

Premier Piano Course Jazz, Rags & Blues 3 - Martha Mier - Alfred# 42380 - $7.99 - Alfred's Premier Piano Course: Jazz, Rags & Blues Book 3 includes original pieces that reinforce concepts introduced in Lesson Book 3. Popular composer Martha Mier has composed all new music in a variety of styles, including ragtime, boogie, and jazz. The pieces in the book correlate page by page with the materials in Lesson Book 3. SAMPLES

Wondrous Praise Book 1: Favorites from the 1980's - 10 Arrangements of Praise and Worship - Arranged by James Koerts - Early Advanced - Alfred# 39284 - $14.99 - This collection contains a mix of beloved songs from the '80s that have become standards in many churches, as well as some treasured pieces that will bring back memories of contemporary Christian music from decades past. Titles: Change My Heart, Oh God * El Shaddai * Great Is the Lord * He Is Exalted * How Majestic Is Your Name * More Precious Than Silver * More Than Wonderful * Thank You * Was It a Morning Like This? * Wonderful, Merciful Savior. SAMPLES

Wondrous Praise Book 2: Favorites from the 1990's - 10 Arrangements of Praise and Worship - Arranged by James Koerts - Early Advanced - Alfred# 39285 - $14.99 - In the '90s, contemporary Christian music gained popularity in many churches. The arrangements in this collection reflect the best of those original tunes. Titles: Above All * Better Is One Day * Come, Now Is the Time to Worship * Crown Him King of Kings * The Heart of Worship (When the Music Fades) * I Could Sing of Your Love Forever * Open the Eyes of My Heart * Shout to the Lord * We Fall Down * You Are My All in All. SAMPLES

Jazzy Hymns and Spirituals - 11 Arrangements of Traditional Favorites - Arranged by Paul Johnston - Advanced - Alfred# 42573 - $12.99 - The arrangements in this collection were written to contribute meaningful new music to the church service. The spirit of original music is retained while incorporating jazz harmonies and written-out "improvised" passages. These pieces range from the reflective to the celebratory, and it is hoped that you will enjoy playing them for your own pleasure and to share with others. Titles: Abide with Me * Give Me Jesus * I've Got Peace Like a River * Jesus Loves Me, This I know * Leaning on the Everlasting Arms * Oh Happy Day * Simple Gifts * Sweet Hour of Prayer * Swing Low, Sweet Chariot * Wade in the Water * When the Saints Go Marching In. SAMPLES

Monday, April 7, 2014

New in the Succeeding at the Piano Series

I cracked open my most recent new issue shipment from FJH and found the newest book in the Succeeding at the Piano series inside. It's an All-In-One approach, and the first book they've released is the Preparatory Book A. I wanted to share, but couldn't find any information on this on FJH's website, so I scanned these promotional flyers: