Odds and Ends

Somehow, between returning to teaching lessons, recovering from vacation, and preparing for an exciting workshop this Friday, all of the fun new game ideas I meant to share this week haven’t made it into posts yet. 🙁    But… in the meantime, here are a handful of odds and ends you might find useful, interesting or entertaining: Musikopoly Incentive Editable Files are OnlineFor any of you … Continue reading

A Little Monday Fun….

Let me start with a disclaimer:  This post has absolutely NO educational value.  That said, I couldn’t resist sharing. 🙂   I discovered this little piece of student artwork last night as I was digging through my office closet, pulling out supplies for the new studio incentive I’m working on at the moment.   A former student drew this on a marker board one day … Continue reading

Giveaway Winners

The winners of the Pianimation launch store giveaway are……. #3 – Alice, who wins a copy of Hands-On-Rhythms, and #25 – Karen, who wins a copy of Head and Shoulders, Ears and Toes Congratulations, Alice and Karen!!  Look for a separate email from me with links to download your copies.   Thanks to all of you left comments and kind words about the site – … Continue reading

Welcome to Pianimation.com!

Welcome to Pianimation! If you’re reading this, you’ve probably made the trip over from jenspianostudio.wordpress.com.  You’ll find all of the old blog posts from that site, plus all of the downloadable teacher resources from jenspianostudio.com here – all in one place!   I’m VERY excited about this new site… and promise to post lots and lots of fun ideas and games in the coming months … Continue reading

Syncopated Clock Listening Activity

Our spring studio recital is quickly approaching!   We’re in the final stretch of repertoire preparation, and it’s time to put on all of the finishing touches – the musical details that make our pieces convey emotion, or tell a story to the audience. Last week at group lessons, I used this new listening activity to tune my elementary students ears into musical details before they … Continue reading

Thought for the Day… on Student Performances

As I write this, I’m recovering from a long weekend spent at our local association’s annual Solo Festival event.    Tonight, as I will in the days to come this week, I had the joy of celebrating with my students – presenting them with the medals and ribbons they had earned, reading comments from their adjudicators (the judge really did notice that crescendo in measure … Continue reading

And the winner is…

#14 – Lori Hamrick Congratulations, Lori!  You’ve won a free subscription to EarTrainingPro.com.  You’ll be hearing from them soon with more details and login information. For the rest of you… if you haven’t checked out the site, it’s definitely worth a look!  Read more about this new resource here. … Continue reading

Sale on the COLOR BOOK Series

Dror Perl, composer of the COLOR BOOK SERIES, just let me know about a sale going on this week over at sheerpiano.com. For the next week, purchase any combination of 2 or 3 of the books, and receive a 50% discount.  (Read my review of this fun series here). The sale price is valid until Thursday, March 10th. To take advantage of the sale, you’ll … Continue reading

KCMTA presents Musikopoly

For any of you who happen to live in the Kansas City/Lawrence/Topeka areas, you’ll want to take note of a wonderful concert experience happening this Sunday!  Details about the Kansas City Music Teachers annual Multi-Piano concert are below. For those of you who aren’t in the KC area… stay tuned!  I know it’s been a bit quiet here on the blog as of late.   … Continue reading

Month of Give Aways at Music Motivation!

It’s a busy week in the online music world!  Jerald Simon of Music Motivation just passed along some information about an exciting month of book and CD give-aways on www.musicmotivation.com.  Two winners will be announced daily between November 18th and December 18th.   That’s a LOT of give-aways!   For a complete list of all contest items, and information on how to enter, visit the … Continue reading