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Music Lessons Made Easy

Music Lessons Made Easy…

Thank you to Waldmania PR for my complimentary drums and piano books in exchange for this review.

Easy to read and child friendly, both of these books have unique aspects making it stand out from other music books. The print is large and easy to read. Each song includes a history of the music and composer. Included throughout are photos of children obviously having a great time! And the book concludes with a beautiful certificate of completion. As a former dance instructor, I can easily see how these books would be the first choice for music lessons. I was happy to gift these books to my friends who have little ones learning how to play the drums and the piano. I look forward to seeing their progress with the sticks and keys!

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From Waldmania PR:

Milwaukee, WI — For kids who want to have fun learning to play piano or drums and parents who want to watch their children actively making music, the world’s largest print music publisher, Hal Leonard Corporation, has the answer.  Hal Leonard’s popular “For Kids” series of method books now includes Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids.

The most successful music teachers are the ones who show students “how easy” rather than “how difficult,” and Hal Leonard’s new Drums for Kids and Piano for Kids follow that same strategy.  Both feature super-clear instructions, fantastic hit songs, and accompaniment tracks that kids will be eager to play along with.

Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids can be used with a parent or teacher, or even by a motivated student alone.

And the best part is that both books are loaded with familiar, popular songs that have been chosen for their kid-friendly appeal.

Piano for Kids, by Jennifer Linn, Manager of Educational Piano at Hal Leonard, sets a new standard for clarity of instruction to present a very concise, step-by-step approach to quickly synchronize two hands with a clear mental image of each musical goal, using fun songs like “Let It Go” from Frozen, “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music,“Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, and pop classics like “Lean on Me.”

Drums for Kids, by Scott Schroedl, has students quickly building their music reading skills by following easy notation to songs like “Purple Haze,” “Old Time Rock & Roll,” “Wild Thing,” or “Surfin’ U.S.A.”and playing along with easily accessed audio demonstration tracks that can be downloaded or streamed using the unique code inside each book.

This feature, provided with both Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids, includes Hal Leonard’s exclusive PLAYBACK+ multi-functional audio player to slow down or speed up the tempo, change keys, or set loop points, all for the price of the instruction book.

Explains Jennifer Linn, “While most beginning piano methods use obscure melodies that are probably unfamiliar to today’s young people,Piano for Kids breaks new ground by teaching the musical elements through well-known, popular songs most kids already know.  The audio tracks included with this book are a great teaching tool, encouraging kids to listen, learn, and play along!”

Adds Scott Schroedl, “Drums for Kids is the first book of its kind to carefully sequence lessons for drummers of such a young age.  Other drum methods contain mostly public domain folk songs or unknown original song examples.  With Drums for Kids, we want kids to learn to play songs that are fun and recognizable, so we’ve woven popular, copyrighted songs into the lessons.”

Other titles in the Hal Leonard “For Kids” method book series includeHarmonica for Kids (2015), Ukulele for Kids (2011), Guitar for Kids(2010), and Bass for Kids (2010).

Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids are available from fine music and bookstores everywhere or by visiting www.halleonard.com.

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Is Justin Bieber a Beaver?

Is Justin Bieber a Beaver? Let’s find out.

My daughter was looking through a series of books by Mercer Mayer I bought for her today. I asked what animal she thought the main character was. It looked like a beaver to me.

I said, “Maybe it’s Barney the Beaver.”

She said, “Nope. I think it’s Justin Beaver. Yep. Justin Beaver.”

No idea how she even knows about that twerp. But it was funny anyway.

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Fill It In Friday: Awesome!

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Missed Wealth Wednesday…damn…hate it when that happens.

Missed Thankful Thursday….that’s really bad.

So, here we are today to ‘fill it in’ on Friday. Better late than never, huh?

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I get to do something really cool tomorrow. Habitat for Humanity is dedicating several houses in our county tomorrow.  As Vice President of Helping Hands of Nocatee, Inc., I have the honor of presenting bags of books to the eleven children moving in. Normally, Tess, the founder of Project Storybook would be presenting these books, but she will be at a lacrosse tournament. This girl is amazing. She started Project Storybook when she was 13, because she wasn’t old enough to help build the houses. She noticed that the children didn’t really have anything special to look forward to, so she came up with the idea to raise money for books for the children. Each child gets a bag of 5 or 6 brand new, quality books when they move into their new house. Awesome! And tomorrow, I get to present the books to the kids. Double awesome! Helping Hands of Nocatee, Inc. raised $110, which provided books for about seven children. Really, really awesome!!

Feeling good on Friday!

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