Wednesday, May 29, 2019

What's New Wednesday?

Summer is full of fairs and carnivals and who doesn't love an amusement park?  Our newest game, STUCK AT THE TOP! celebrates all that type of fun!

STUCK AT THE TOP! is an exciting game that reviews/reinforces musical accidentals.   It even helps them understand enharmonics!

The game comes with four mini ferris wheel boards, game cards and full instructions.  The object is for students to do a full loop around the ferris wheel and be the first to reach the entrance/exit position again.

The game cards challenge their knowledge of sharps, flats and naturals as well as half and whole steps.   There are additional cards that change up the game, sometimes sending them to the top of the ferris wheel.  In some cases this may be helpful and in some cases it may send them back, but all of it is pure FUN!
There are four different colored ferris wheels so it can be at least a 4-player game.

STUCK AT THE TOP! is a great way to highlight all the summer fun in your area while teaching!

You can click on the Birds of a Feather tab above to purchase the game or go directly to the link HERE.

Right now you can get STUCK AT THE TOP! on SALE - 25% OFF!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

What's New Wednesday?

Do you have students that LOVE cars?  I taught a family (unfortunately they moved away) with two teen boys and a younger sister.  The boys loved cars of any kind and their younger sister, catching the "bug" asked me if she could help me create a car-style game for the studio.  The result:

Classic Car Trade-Up!

This exciting board game has your students clapping rhythms  to try to upgrade their classic car to a much sleeker and much faster model in order to be the first to complete the race!

This game will have your students willingly working on rhythm!

So much fun!

And because we just can't help ourselves,  we've included a few surprises to add a twist or two to the race!

The packet includes the game board, vehicle cards, game cards and full instructions.

To purchase Classic Car Trade-Up, simply click on the Birds of a Feather tab above OR click HERE.  

And because we like a good sale, Classic Car Trade-Up is available this month for 25% OFF!


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you for all of you who posted about our new practice incentive, USS Adagio.  The winner of the giveaway of a free copy of this new incentive is....Melissa B.!

Melissa, just contact me at for your free copy!

More new products and new giveaways to come!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Let's Talk Organization!

I don't know about you, but as the regular school year and our studio year winds down for the summer, organization tends to be more like disorganization!  You know what I mean!  Lots of areas of our studios tend to get a bit messy.  Let's face it.  We have our own form of Spring fever and tend to get a bit lazy and too busy to keep up with things.

I've previously posted about game organization and big changes I had made.  I can honestly tell you that after two years, it still remains a great system and stays very organized.  I can always find what I need quickly.  Obviously the key is putting things back, but with the zippered pouches I've been using it's a breeze!

You can read the post I did and see more details by clicking HERE.  There's even a quick video.

Since that system has worked so well for me I decided to try to come up with a system for my music lending library.    I had been using a large cupboard that was very deep and had doors on the front.  It can hold ALOT of music.  The problem was I would "shove" everything in there and close the doors to hide the mess and would rarely take the time to put everything back in it's place.
If I couldn't see it, it wasn't really there, right?

Since it was also so deep, I would put things in front of the music and pretty soon I couldn't get to any of it!  So every summer I would clean it out and try to work on my "behavior".  Well, I guess I'm too old to change because that "behavior" remained the same!  It really was the system I was using that wasn't working so I knew I had to do something different.

So I marched myself down to IKEA and bought some more Kallax units, put them on end and organized all the music by levels...AGAIN!

This time however, I purchased plastic magazine files to sort them.  I looked everywhere for wider ones and found the cheapest option at Webstaurant Store.  HERE is a direct link.  I added some labels to the front and have found these are PERFECT for keeping me organized!

The Kallax units are open in the back so these boxes also keep music from slipping back or falling behind the unit.  Two of the magazine files fit perfectly on each shelf.

Here's a closer look at the magazine file.  LOVE these.  They are well-made, sturdy and hold loads of music in each one.  Since they're plastic, the labels are also easy to remove should I need to re-organize later on.

I made these changes last summer and I'm happy to say the music library stayed organized ALL year.  Occasionally I had a little pile to put away at the end of a week, but this set-up made it easy to take care of it quickly.

Here's a quick look at the entire wall.  I have two Kallax units (4x2 cubes) standing up and two Kallax units (2x2 cubes) below the windows.  I use the magazine file boxes for the two units on the left for my student library and then use the other two units on the right to store resource books.  I was even able to fit a file cabinet (also IKEA) between them.

I really love this system.  It also gives me a flat service between them to use as needed.  Now that part can get a little messy sometimes, but I'm working on that!

What about you?  Any good organizational tips you can share as well?

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

What's New? Wednesday! AND a GIVEAWAY!

Longing for a cruise about now?  Why don't you take your students along?  In fact, why not take a cruise where the ship is powered by music?  We've got it all planned out so look no further!  The USS Adagio is awaiting your arrival!!

This cruise ship themed practice incentive will be a HUGE hit in your studio!  Students "board" the ship at the start of your yearly lessons and travel throughout the months ahead.  Exploring the ship and all it has to offer will have them eagerly practicing!

And there are enough twists and turns to keep them excited and wondering where their game piece will be each week!

The USS Adagio practice incentive is designed to keep your students engaged in the theme allowing them to move around the ship, but experience benefits the more they practice!

There is a main game board with a large deck and nine locations that students can explore - everything from a spa, to an arcade, a theater and even an infirmary!

In addition to the game board and game cards, there are messages from the captain, a weather station, life jackets, muster station drills and so much more! There's even a safety manual since no cruise is complete without one!

In addition to the main incentive, we've included boarding passes, stateroom keys, muster station drills, nautical banner sets, life rings, the ships "crew",  and many more items to give you a complete nautical theme within your studio or classroom!

We also added 4 games to use in your studio and all the files you will need for activities at the ship locations including the very popular Piano Flip Book!

There's a "wellness" checkup at the infirmary, all the information to encourage your students to put on their own personal recital for family and friends, practice challenges and themed assignment sheets.

And if that's not enough, we've also included themed valentines, birthday and holiday postcards and themed stationary!

Bottom line:  There are loads of activities and practice encouragement for a year-long study with your students!  All the work has been done for you!

Still wondering if using a practice incentive is the right fit for you? Check out THIS blog post about the benefits of using a practice incentive.

To purchase USS Adagio practice incentive click on the Birds of a Feather tab above or go directly to the link HERE.

AND just because we LOVE our customers, this practice incentive is on SALE AND we're giving away a free copy!  To enter to win, just leave a comment below stating what you love about practice incentives.  ALSO, for a second entry, subscribe to our Birds of a Feather FaceBook page HERE.  The giveaway will be open through May 5, 2019 at 10:00 EST. Giveaway now closed!

Good Luck!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


TODAY, April 30th marks the LAST day of the Camp SALE!  Don't hesitate!  Make sure you take advantage of the lower prices as you plan your summer program!

Practice Incentives are also on SALE!!

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

5 DAYS LEFT for our annual Camp/Incentive SALE!

"The Birds"  are so grateful to you, our customers for your support and appreciation of our music teaching resources!

Just as a quick reminder, there are only 5 DAYS left for our Annual Camp/Practice Incentive SALE!  Get your summer camp and your practice incentive for the coming year while the prices are 20% or more off!!

Just click on the on Teaching Resources & Camps tab above to view each resource.

Click HERE to see a blog post about each camp.  Happy Shopping!

Monday, April 15, 2019

15 days left of the ANNUAL camp sale!

There are only 15 days left of the ANNUAL Camp and Practice Incentive SALE!  Just a quick reminder to take advantage of the lower prices while you can!

If you're thinking about running a music camp this summer, here are numerous camps available:

1.  Our newest and quickly becoming popular...

An olympic-style camp that encourages healthy competition and loads of music theory games!

You can read more about Fun-Lympics HERE.

2.  Our MOST popular camp...

Explore regions of the United States and different styles of music.  This camp is full of fun activities, games and movements.

You can read more about RoadTrip USA HERE and HERE.  There are also Road Signs available.

3. It's a jungle out there and this camp will help you celebrate that!

This is our largest camp and is LOADED with games and activities.  It also includes a trading post, a look at the composer, John Cage and nine amazing jungle animals that may just remind you of a few musicians!

You can read more about Jungle Jam HERE.

4.  Looking at a trip to the city?  Look no further...
This camp is full of city-related activities and games and makes use of things on a LARGE scale.  There are several crafts and a group art project.

You can read more about Beyond City Limits HERE and HERE.

5.  How about a trip around the world?  
This camp is a compilation of games, activities, science projects and crafts designed to celebrate the diversity of our world!  With eh help of the this resource you can explore 33 countries in 6 continents!

You can read more about World Adventure HERE.

6.  How about a mystery?
This camp includes games, activities and crafts all with a fun, island theme! Add to that a mystery that needs to be solved and you have the makings of a camp your students will be talking about for a long time!

You can read more about Mystery on Musicians' Island HERE and HERE.

7. And if composers and composing interest you and your students...

Meet the Composers provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce your students as well as children who may have minimal or no musical knowledge to some amazing composers and the art of composing!

You can read more about Meet the Composers HERE.

That's 7 great options for your summer!  We have more camps in the works  that you'll hear about over the next few months but these are all great options for this summer!  

REMEMBER - there are only 15 days left to get any of these camps ON SALE!

Thursday, April 11, 2019


You've been asking and we've been working hard to deliver!  2020 marks the next Olympic games and we've put together our own musical version - FUN-LYMPICS!

We've created both a practice incentive AND an outdoor summer camp.  You can purchase them separately or as a bundle.  We've put together the practice incentive, MUSICIANS IN TRAINING as a prelude to the camp with the idea that you and your students will train and "practice" the events all year and then "compete" during the summer FUN-LYMPICS! event.

By training and practicing, we mean that students will work on Note Identification, Rhythm, Intervallic Recognition, Musical Terminology, Notation, Accidentals and Creativity in Playing.  By working on these concepts for 10 or so months during lessons, they "qualify" for the FUN-LYMPICS competition during the summer.

The summer camp is designed to be an outdoor camp although many of the events can be done inside if necessary.  BUT, if you live in an area that's too hot during the summer or if you don't have the outdoor space necessary, the practice incentive, MUSICIANS IN TRAINING can also work perfectly as a summer camp - INDOORS!

Here's a look at each one:
If your students are anything like ours, they love playing music games!  This practice incentive is designed to have your students work as individuals and in teams to not only accumulate practice points, but to build their musicianship through Knowledge, Skill, Focus, Endurance and Creativity.

There are 8 sports that form the foundation for the "events" and we've included beautiful graphics for each of them.  Students compete in areas such as golf, gymnastics, track and field, swimming, etc. all with a musical twist.  There are 29 competitive events (translated as 29 games for your studio!), many that will take 5 minutes or less to complete and some that will be done over several weeks.

The incentive also includes a workbook that has your students practicing music notation in a fun way. Purchase of this incentive allows you to make unlimited copies!   We've also included a large bundle of flashcards - grand staff cards, 5 levels of rhythm cards, interval cards, terminology cards - symbols and definition cards - accidental cards, and musical alphabet cards for use with the events and for just general use in your studio or classroom!

We want to encourage you and your students to give back so we have also provided information regarding the Special Olympics and how this incentive can benefit others!

The big event!  We've put an athletic twist on our musical twist!  Dizzy, anyone?  This camp has students working to learn and "perfect" their abilities during the first few days of camp so that they are ready to "officially" compete on the last day of camp - a great day to invite parents and friends to come see the FUN-LYMPICS!

Each day of camp they practice all of the events - which also secretly practices their musical knowledge - trying to hone their skills as individuals and as a team.  The events include relays, water games, races, and more!  There are also a couple of crafts that will be used on the last day of camp at the FUN-LYMPICS! competition.

Fun-lympics follows the same eight sports as MUSICIANS IN TRAINING with 27 events.  We show you how to set up everything (the events, general decor and signage) and run each event and how to set up your FUN-LYMPICS! competition on the last day.  We even give you ideas for an Awards Ceremony!

So to summarize...If you purchase the bundle of both MUSICIANS IN TRAINING and FUN-LYMPICS, you will receive 56 games to use with the program and/or in your studio anytime, a practice incentive with a music notation workbook, loads of flashcard sets AND the possibility of two camps!  WOW!!!!

Both MUSICIANS IN TRAINING and FUN-LYMPICS! are now available for sale by clicking on the Birds of a Feather Tab OR the Camp and Resources Tab above OR click on the links below:

Musicians in Training
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Fun-lympics/Musicians in Training Bundle
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And just because we want to get you as excited as we are, we're including them both in the current SALE which runs now through the end of April!

Happy competing!  

Friday, April 5, 2019

Looking for an activity to jump start your students during "Spring Fever"?

Looking for an activity to jump start your students during "spring fever"?  Can You Reach 100? Piano Edition may be just the thing!
This exciting puzzle helps you track 100 hundred of anything with a large, colorful visual aid!  Do you want to see how many pieces your students can practice to performance ready level or how how many days in a row of practice they can accomplish?

Or maybe you want to push musical theory right now!  Why not see how many theory worksheets or apps they can complete?

There really is no end to the number of things you can challenge them with.  Set a goal and watch them rise to the occasion!

Can You Reach 100? Piano Edition provides a muted puzzle backdrop in four pieces.

You simply assemble the pieces and hang it on your wall or bulletin board.  Every time a student masters the challenge you set up, they are allowed to draw a puzzle piece to add to the backdrop.

Gradually you will see the bright, beautiful puzzle start to take shape and hopefully be fully assembled by your goal date!

What a great way to get your studio working together!

If they complete the entire puzzle in time, consider throwing a celebratory party or group lesson! Bring the puzzle to your spring recital so all of your parents can see what your students accomplished!

You can purchase Can You Reach 100? by clicking the Birds of a Feather tab above! And just because we love our customers, we're putting it ON SALE now through the entire month of April!

Or add it your cart now by cclicking on the Buy Now button below!

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