From guest musician & teacher Heather Braden:
Would you like to add some extra fun and joy to your teaching? Do you believe that learning to read music should be enjoyable? If so, we are on the same page, and I am thrilled to share that my books of Mystery Songs have been released to the world.
I found my students unenthusiastic about reading random notes and open string rhythms every week, so I spiced it up and helped them see the "why" of the random note drills. Students can apply their basic note-reading skills to identify well-known songs.
Mystery Songs invite play and intrigue into learning to read music. They bring joy to all involved in this journey as parents and friends are invited to join in the guessing. Students can see that the song remains a mystery if they ignore the rhythm or disregard the key signature!
Beginning with simple tunes like "Old MacDonald" and "Twinkle," the lines progress in difficulty in a methodical manner until they figure out "Chopsticks" and more difficult melodies.
There are several volumes, including one with the lines written backwards, one with the excerpts from the middle of songs, and another with those two elements combined. A Bonus Bundle is available, gifting you 101 BONUS lines - and providing you with 256 Mysteries to solve. Each volume comes with a teacher's introduction and an answer key.
If you are interested in the Bonus Bundle and would like to reach out to me personally at: email@example.com, I will honour a special rate until November 20th.
*$22 CAN for the Solo Instruments
*$50 CAN for the Orchestra Edition
If you want to have fun, see how many you can name from the excerpts below. Note that #18 is written backwards!
Wishing you so much fun!
Ode to Joy for VIOLA and VIOLIN (D Major) are the newest FREEBIES from Music for Young Violinists.
Spread some "JOY" to others and re-post this, email your studio or pin to Pinterest!
There is some new music here at M4YV and to celebrate the first viola collection (yes you read that correctly - VIOLA) I added this all-time favorite tune here on the FREEBIES page to literally "spread the joy."
Ode to Joy is now featured in 3 different M4YV collections:
Good news if you are clicking on this today (May 3-5, 2019) because I always celebrate new music with flash sales. You can get all three collections together as a bundle (click here) for $20 (normally $30) or the viola collection for $5 (normally $18).
Someone asked me recently what brought me joy. After 2 weeks (seriously, I had to really think about this), I found my answers:
I thought more deeply about joy, and it's role in our lives last summer when both ends of the joy spectrum weaved thru my life. Read more about that here.
What brings you joy?
Please share in the comments below, thanks!
I have been waiting years (literally) to create some musical offerings for alto clef lovers and finally, the day has come!
The 1st M4YV sheet music collection for VIOLA:
LARGE Print Music for Beginning Viola
I love celebrating new collections with a flash sale, so this music will be offered at a $5 price all weekend. Access the sale by clicking here and you will be re-directed to the store.
There is more good news -
I also put together an economy bundle of the LARGE Print Beginners series and included a bonus of the Violin music transcribed down a string. Teachers rejoice - you finally have some material to combine both your alto and treble clef players together - yay!
YES - this is also on sale - click here.
Please let me know if you have any questions this weekend. I am working long shifts but will be sure to check my email at the end of the day.
Samples from the first viola (alto clef) sheet music collection from the Music for Young Violinists project:
If there is a Music for Young Violinists collection you would like to see translated for violists, please send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi! It's me, Heather. I absolutely love working on the Music for Young Violinists project and all the many facets: blogging, website, music, teaching materials, freebies, videos, newsletter and giveaway contests. The best part is connecting with you so feel free to drop me a line. You can learn more about me on the "ABOUT" page. Thanks!