In celebration of the one-year anniversary of Piano Pantry, I wanted to do something big for you all as a “thank you” for giving this newbie (me!) a shot in this blogosphere world. So THANK YOU!
Here’s the kicker – I’m only giving away items that I currently use and love. Three days will be prizes worth around $20 including one “foodie” giveaway, and two days will be BIG with one worth up to $75 and the other worth $90.
Today’s Giveaway is sponsored by Marilyn Lowe, author, and creator of Music Moves for Piano. I was blessed to get to know Marilyn and be trained by her during my training in Music Learning Theory and Music Moves for Piano through the Gordon Institute August 2016 in Boston. You can read more about that here.
Day 1 | Keyboard Games Book A
Let me tell you how I came to use this book and why it’s a winner in my teaching world.
When I opened my studio in August 2011, I was all set to build a business on group teaching and recreational piano for adults. However, when I started getting lots of inquiries for preschool lessons, including starting a 3-year old, my focus began to shift.
Researching the best materials to use for this precious age became my drive. I explored and pondered programs like Music Together, Musikgarten, First Steps in Music, Harmony Road, My First Piano Adventures, and more. Heck, I made a full-blown pros and cons spreadsheet! I concluded I didn’t feel the nudge to do a full-blown early childhood program which cut out the first few, and while the later were very cute, I felt there was something lacking.
Children this young weren’t ready for notation (of any kind I might add). They should just be able to play something! It just didn’t FEEL right and it wasn’t working. I didn’t just want fun activities, I wanted to teach music. I had learned about Lowe’s Music Moves for Piano in grad school and ended up giving the Keyboard Games Book A a shot.
I’ll admit, it was a bit overwhelming at first learning to teach in this style without a “method book” spelling it out, but I believed in the philosophy so, I kept plugging away. At the time I personally felt it needed something to go with it so I’ve been using KB Games Book A alongside Wunderkeys for piano. (That’s a whole post in and of itself for another day!) This pairing has worked quite beautifully for me the last several years.
The pieces in this book are not “reading” pieces, but should be taught in a rote manner. There is a teacher guide with lesson plans available. I’ll admit I don’t use the lesson plans but reading the guide did help me learn how to teach in this style. The perfect length for short attention spans, the mostly 8-measure pieces include a few familiar ones such as Old MacDonald. Please know, however, that the student is not necessarily playing the melody in these pieces but learning to play with the pulse, and playing rhythmic patterns.
This 24-hour giveaway starts at 12:00 a.m. EST on 3/8/2017 and ends at 12:00 a.m. EST on 3/9/2017!
Good luck and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for another giveaway!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Chosen by Rafflecopter’s random generator, I would like to congratulate Karen Lien, winner of today’s giveaway! Thanks to all who entered.