Giveaways

Giveaway Winners: Wendy Chan’s “Music Escapades Shoppe” Teaching Resources

Congratulations to our three randomly-selected winners: Lavinia, Kjersten, and Faith! Winners, please watch your inbox for an email from Wendy arriving very soon.

Thank you all for entering! I hope you’ll consider browsing Wendy’s beautiful teaching resources if you haven’t already. Click here to visit her shop.

Happy teaching this week!

Giveaways

Last Chance: Enter the Giveaway for Wendy Chan’s Teaching Resources

Hi there! Just wanted to send a quick reminder that the deadline for entering the giveaway for Wendy Chan’s Music Escapades Shoppe teaching resources is tomorrow, Sunday, August 30, 2020 at midnight (Eastern time).

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on the giveaway blog post (click here) sharing either (1) a teaching tip or resource which has been a go-to for you recently, or (2) which resource you’d love to have from Wendy’s shoppe and why.

The THREE lucky winners will be randomly chosen and notified by email on Monday. Good luck, all, and have a great weekend!

Giveaways, Reviews

Review & Giveaway: Wendy Chan’s “Music Escapades Shoppe” Teaching Resources

Years ago, I remember meeting Wendy Chan and her Music Escapades Shoppe. Well, recently I reconnected with her and learned about the relaunch of her online shop! I was pleased to chat with Wendy again and check out her resources.

When we chatted, Wendy asked if I’d be interested in reviewing any of her teaching resources. I replied that I’d definitely be interested in her Grand Staff Magnetic Dry-Erase Board. She, in turn, sent me not only that, but three of her other teaching resources as well. How generous! Pictured below are the four items she sent.

In this blog post, I will share my personal thoughts and photos about each item. Please continue reading, and be sure to learn how to get a discount code and enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

1. Grand Staff Magnetic Dry-Erase Board

Wendy’s Grand Staff Magnetic Dry-Erase Board has been quite useful during my recent teaching, especially while teaching online right now due to Covid-19.

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Reminder: Enter the Giveaway!

I just want to say thank you to those of you who have entered the giveaway so far for a chance to win a music mask sewn by my sister, Heather of HeatherMade Designs. It’s been so interesting to hear from so many of you about how you’re doing during these COVID-19 times! Click here to read the comments.

If you haven’t yet entered the giveaway, don’t delay! The giveaway closes Sunday, July 19 at midnight (Eastern time). To enter, go to this blog post and leave a comment sharing with us a bit about what life is currently like in your corner of the world during these Covid times. For example: share with us a story or tip about online teaching. Or, tell us something interesting about how you are doing and what you’re up to while living in quarantine.

The three winners will be chosen on Monday, July 20 and notified by email.

Have a great weekend, friends!

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Giveaway Winners

2014

Just a quick blog post today, announcing the winners of last month’s giveaway for hardcopies of the student piano solo composition I wrote.

Congrats to Carmen, Kristie, and Martyn!  I’ll be in touch by email to request your address.

A free digital PDF download of the Holiday Parade piece is available here.

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December 2014 Giveaway Winners

Announcing the randomly-chosen winners of the three giveaways last week:

Susan Crosser and Julie Lind are the winners of the Music Flash Class app by Henry Flurry.

Kristie is the winner of the Bobclass studio management app.

Geri is the winner of the “My Piano Trip to London” book by Elena Cobb.

Congrats to the winners! Watch your email inbox for an email from me.

Everyone else, I hope you will click the links above to consider purchasing these apps or books!

Giveaways, repertoire / methods

Piano Pronto “Prelude” Book with Teacher Duets – Giveaway

Remember when I blogged about Jennifer Eklund’s music last Winter?   Today, I want to tell you a little bit more about her self-published piano method, Piano Pronto.

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I haven’t been experimenting with the Piano Pronto books for very long yet, but already I can see some reasons why Piano Pronto is unique from the piano methods available from the major publishers:

  • Piano-Pronto-Prelude-book-300x300It is an all-in-one book.  Lessons introducing new concepts, prep exercises to learn, and simple theory questions to answer are all included within the book.  This makes it easier for the teacher to supplement with a variety of types of music.  Or, the method can even serve as the supplement to a different method!  
  • It begins with on-staff reading.  Some students do not need a period of pre-staff notation — especially older beginners or those who have learned staff notation at school.
  • It uses a huge variety of familiar folk tunes and classical themes.  This allows students to use their ears a great deal as they learn to read music.  It also can be motivating for students to be able to play tunes they are familiar with.
  • It does not shy away from teaching rhythm concepts such as eighth notes (taught in the Prelude book) or 6/8 time (taught in the Movement 2 book) early on.
  • It teaches key signatures early on (in the Movement 1 book).
  • It requires students to move around the keyboard early on (starting in the Prelude Book).

If you haven’t taken a look at Piano Pronto before, you can learn more by browsing the preview pages and audio samples on Jennifer’s website.  

Being self-published has its advantages, including being able to interact directly with one’s audience.  Jennifer manages an active forum on Facebook where teachers can ask questions and share success stories.  A few weeks ago, I posted there to ask Jennifer if there was any chance that she would be releasing teacher duets anytime soon to go with her method books.  Jennifer responded almost immediately and set to work writing teacher duets for the “Prelude” book.  The eBook for those teacher duets is now available here!   After purchase, you can print a copy from the PDF or load it onto your favorite score reader on your iPad.

In celebration of this new release, Jennifer has offered to sponsor a giveaway.  Two randomly-chosen winners will receive a FREE copy of the Piano Pronto “Prelude” book and the corresponding teacher duets (U.S. winners will receive hardcopies while international winners will receive digital copies).  To enter, please leave a comment on this post describing which unique aspect of the Piano Pronto method (from the list above) intrigues you the most!  Enter by Wednesday, August 6 at midnight Eastern time.

Don’t forget to visit Jennifer’s Piano Pronto Discussion Group on facebook and request to join.  There, you will find many other resources relating to Piano Pronto, including a transfer assessment guide and a guide to Jennifer’s supplemental music.

Update: Jennifer is running a rare 20% off sale from August 1st through August 5!  Use the promo code SCHOOL20.

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Clavier Companion Subscription Giveaway Results

clavier comp 1Here are the results from last week’s Clavier Companion giveaway.   The winners are:

  • Annie
  • Orlia
  • Karen T.
  • Karen
  • Hannah

Winners, please watch your email inbox for an email from Clavier Companion with information about your new digital subscription.

I hope the rest of you will consider subscribing to this great magazine!  Remember, Clavier Companion offers to subscription options: (1) print subscriptions (which includes free digital subscriptions) or (2) digital-only subscriptions.  Check out their website here.

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Clavier Companion Magazine’s Recent Redesign (Giveaway)

Clavier Companion is my favorite magazine ever, hands down.  Each magazine features a great variety of articles about pianists, piano teaching, new resources, the latest trends, and much more.  I have been a subscriber for a couple of years and I love receiving the issues in the mail!

The November/December issue of Clavier Companion introduced a fresh new look and design.

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Giveaways, repertoire / methods

Giveaway: Christmas Music by Jennifer Eklund

Jennifer Eklund of PianoPronto.com has kindly offered to sponsor a giveaway for us today!  Let me tell you a little bit about Jennifer’s work.

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Jennifer is a piano teacher and self-publishing composer with a huge output of materials for piano students.  She publishes her own piano method called Piano Pronto as well as a variety of supplemental books/sheet music.  Jennifer sells both print copies and digital copies (for immediate download) of her materials.    Continue reading “Giveaway: Christmas Music by Jennifer Eklund”