Saturday, March 17, 2018

Want to Take a Trip to the City?

They're HERE!  Tonic Tower and Beyond City Limits are now available in the shop!  Here's a peek inside each one:

Tonic Tower 
Tonic Tower is a studio practice incentive that centers around a large skyscraper.  Students "climb" the tower, visiting eight different shops on the way to the top.

The shops are self-contained and unique so that activities for each one is entirely different from the others.  Shops can be used in any order you wish - use all or choose a few - allowing you complete flexibility to adjust the incentive to fit your studio's needs!

The eight Tonic Tower shops include:
      Flip Your Lid! (hat shop)
      Pear Phones and Tablets
      Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe
      All that Ticks & Tocks (clock shop)
      Laser Adventure (laser tag)
      Tonic Music Academy
      Gone to the Dogs (pet daycare)
      Sweet Expectations Candy Shop

All the information, directions and printed material for each shop is included.  If you spend at least four weeks in each shop, this practice incentive can last 24 weeks or more of lessons.

We also included ideas/printed material for decorating your studio/classroom and your students notebooks as well as ideas for your recital.

Here's a few of the items you can expect to find in this incentive:
   * Tonic Tower printable
   * Elevator Panel for your students to track practicing
   * A fun, interactive flip book about composer, John Williams
   * A Create-a-Game kit to help your students create games for your studio
   * Game boards and activities for various shops
   * Two self-contained games for use during the year


Our students really enjoyed the changes each month and looked forward to all the activities.  We planned a "hidden" shop at the top to build up anticipation.  This was a very motivating incentive and we think your students will love it as much as ours did!

Beyond City Limits
Beyond City Limits is the camp we put together to tie into our year long practice incentive.  This camp invites your students to explore life in the big city.  They participate in games, activities and arts and crafts that focus on six city "regions" with special activities in each.

   *City Center - a fun group graffiti music & art project
   *Municipal Park - group games
   *Grand Central Station - jumbo EVERYTHING
   *Shopping District - games/activities based on shops
   *Arts & Museums District - arts and crafts
   *City Station - Drumming project

As with many of our camps, Beyond City Limits is designed to fill at least 15 hours of fun.

Here's some of what's included:

   * Metropolitan Transit Map
   * Metro Passes
   * City Region Signs
   * Graffiti Music Art Project
   * Five Shop Games
   * Five Jumbo Games
   * Four Craft Activities
   * And LOTS MORE!

So take your kids on a fun journey through the city with a week of fabulous games, activities and art projects. We've also included a guide for running this camp to try and make it as easy as possible!

You can find both Tonic Tower and Beyond City Limits by clicking on either the camp tab or the Birds of a Feather tab above!  The best news???  They're both ON SALE right now!!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Camp Series

Up first in our camp posts...

This exciting trip around the United States features a look into music styles and the flair of various regions in this great country.  Each day of the 5-day camp features a different region with games, activities, movement and fun - from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans, to the Wild West, New York City and the islands of Hawaii!

The camp plan outlines all of the games, activities, movements and decor ideas for each day.  It also recommends music choices to help enhance all of your fun!

To add to the excitement, we also have musical road signs available if you'd like to include them in your camp decor!

So pack your bags and take a trip with RoadTrip USA!  Make sure you've filled up your tank with gas and have a spare tire as you travel from the open plains to carnivals and towering skyscrapers on this fun musical adventure!

Oh, and be sure to obey the rules of the road...

To see previous posts about RoadTrip USA, check out HERE
and HERE!

To purchase RoadTrip USA!, simply click on the Camp tab above and select the camp and the road signs or go HERE!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Get Ready!

The season for camps is quickly approaching and if you’re not excited already, we’ll be starting a series of posts on the different camps we have available! Each post will highlight a different camp and give you peek into what this camp is all about. Keep an eye on our Facebook page on Tuesday, the 13th, to see our first post in the series!

Thursday, March 1, 2018


SUMMER MUSIC CAMPS!!  It's that time of year again!  And we want to help make it easier for you!

For the entire month of March, all of our camp plans are ON SALE!!  And, the bundled Camp/Practice Incentives are ON SALE as well.  Stock up now and SAVE.

Here's a look at what we offer:
RoadTrip USA!
A musical tour of the USA!  This super fun camp includes a "trip" to our nation's capital, NY city, New Orleans, the Wild West & Hawaii. An exciting way to spend five days this summer.

There are also Road Trip signs available.  This camp has been by far our most popular!

World Adventure!  Visit 6 continents (it's too cold to visit Antarctica!) and many of their countries. This camp plan is loaded with games, activities, science projects and crafts all centered around the flavor of the area you visit.

Lots of research went into this camp and many of the games are inspired by games children play all over the world.  We also included several "inventions"  in our activities.

Mystery on Musicians' Island! Take your students on a mystery filled adventure.  This camp plan is loaded with games and activities with an island flair.  Many of our students say this was their favorite camp.

Marooned on Musicians' Island is the practice incentive based on the island  This incentive can be used during the year as a prelude to the camp or after the camp as you start up the new year.

Jungle Jam
Take your students to the jungle!  This camp plan (461 pages!) is packed with 34 games and activities, a trading post, 9 jungle animals and a jumbo size grid game board that uses your campers as game pieces.

This is by far our largest camp plan and one we are VERY proud to present to you.

Deep in the Heart of the Jungle is the companion practice incentive.  This incentive features puzzles, mazes, cyphers and a labyrinth game board.  Our students say this was their favorite incentive so far!

Meet the Composers!
This smaller camp plan provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce elementry students who may have minimal or no musical knowledge to some amazing composers and the art of composing!  

Designed to be taught in 4-one and a half hour classes, these plans provide the complete format to not only introduce students to some amazing composers, but also to give them the opportunity to create their own compositions through a few basic composing techniques.

And coming soon...

Beyond City Limits
A super-exciting trip to the city!  This camp plan visits areas of the city where students experience games, crafts, bucket drumming and a group graffiti musical art project.

This camp plan is almost finished and will be available within the next couple of weeks - just in time to take advantage of the March savings!

Tonic Tower is the companion practice incentive that centers around a large city skyscraper.  This incentive has students visiting several "stores" in the skyscraper.  It includes a fun elevator panel, game boards, and activities that change monthly in order to add a fresh twist to all that practicing!

Take advantage of the reduced pricing and enjoy the smiles and learning your students will do this summer!  Just click on the Tab above label "Camps"!


Monday, February 26, 2018

JUNGLE JAM and Deep in the Heart of the Jungle!!

It's here, folks!!!!  The long-awaited Jungle Jam camp is now available!  We've gone deep into the heart of the jungle to bring you this AMAZING camp plan!  It took us months to put it together and I'm so proud of how it turned out.  My students experienced it last summer and they're still talking about it!
Jungle Jam is packed (and I mean PACKED) with loads of musical games, activities and crafts all centered around nine jungle animals and an exciting trading post.

And if that's not enough, we've provided all the information you need to make a really cool grid-style game board that uses your students as game pieces.  This was HUGELY popular with our campers!

Let's break it down...Jungle Jam is 471 pages!  Yes, you read that right! 471 pages that include everything you need to run a full week of camp in whatever way you would like.  Using the entire camp will give you 15+ hours of material but just using parts of it for shorter camps allows you to chose what will work best for you and your campers.

If you've purchased or seen our Musicians are Like...Jungle Edition you know that we chose nine jungle animals specifically for their characteristics.  We compared those same characteristics to musicians and how we can use those to build our musicianship.

We've taken that to a whole new level with this camp.  These same animals take center stage and there are 27 games and activities that have them in mind.

In addition, we have created a really exciting trading post with seven shops.  Campers visit each shop and work through seven additional games and activities trying to earn much needed jungle supplies.

Working through the trading post alone would make a fun camp!

Here's a look at one of our shops - Moe's Meats.
It has a rhythm activity that involves a variety of meats just like at the local meat market.

Have you ever played games using a jumbo grid-style game board?  We have four just such games and here's a look at one called, Sloth Stack.  These games were so popular, we had to play them over again.

These photos show you outdoor activities, but almost all of the camp can be done indoors as well.  In fact, we've included a game index that helps you see what game matches up to what animal, whether it can be played outdoors or indoors, etc.  A great resource we hope will help make your planning easier.

In addition to the camp, we have created a year-long practice incentive called, Deep in the Heart of the Jungle.
This practice was the catalyst for the camp and includes a labyrinth-style game board that features a jungle river.  Students work their way through the river stopping at nine jungle areas.

Along the way, they collect the nine jungle animal collector cards and parts of a cypher to solve a coded message.

This incentive is packed with puzzles, mazes, and cyphers.   Even the animals have some messages for students to de-code.  This was by far one our most popular practice incentives and kept our students working hard.

Jungle Jam, Deep in the Heart of the Jungle and Musicians Are Like...Jungle Edition are all now available to purchase.   Simply click on the BIRDS OF A FEATHER tab above.  Right now there is a discount if you order Jungle Jam and Deep in the Heart of the Jungle as a bundle.  That bundle will also include all but one item of the Musicians are Like...Jungle Edition packet.  If you purchase the bundle, we are happy to send you the extra item FREE!

Also....stay tuned because Tonic Tower - a city skyscraper-themed practice incentive and Beyond City Limits - a fun, city-themed camp will be available within the next couple of weeks!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sale Extended!

The sale of the Piano Flip Book has been so popular, we've decided to extend it!  We'd love to see ALL your students enjoy learning about how the piano works.  Our students have been LOVING it!

Here's some of what we're hearing:

J (parent) - "The Piano Flip Book is a great way to get kids engaged in learning about the piano."
B (elementary student) - "This was so much fun!  I loved learning about how my piano works!"
C (Teen) - "The Piano Flip Book is cool!"
D (Teen) - "This is a fun way to earn about the piano!"
M (Teen) - "This Piano Flip Book is so much fun!"
S (elementary student) - "The Piano Flip Book is awesome!  I really love it!"
C (elementary student) - "This is really great!  I love doing this!"

Why not incorporate this fun activity in your studio or classroom?  We're extending the sale on the Piano Flip Book through the entire month of February so take advantage of the savings and get your copy now!

Just like on the Birds of a Feather tab above or see more information on the flip book here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Happy Valentine's Day!!

In honor of the day and of YOU, we're putting our Piano FLIP book ON SALE for today ONLY!  $5.00 OFF!  See a preview HERE.

We're flipping over YOU!!!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Planning to Run a Camp This Summer?

C O M I N G   S O O N ! ! ! !

A Jungle-Themed Practice Incentive Program -

This incentive program is designed to keep your students practicing, but also celebrates the characteristics of a musician.  Puzzles, Cyphers, Mazes and a super-exciting Labyrinth are all part of this year-long program!

Continue your year-long practice incentive with this jungle-themed camp or just run the camp! Based around nine jungle animals, a trading post and a student-sized grid for games, this camp will have your students excited about all things MUSIC!

Both the Practice Incentive and the Camp will be available THIS MONTH!

And if that's not enough....Watch for TONIC TOWER and BEYOND CITY LIMITS - a city-themed practice incentive and camp COMING IN MARCH!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Musicians are Like...

It's great to see the excitement the Piano Flip Book is creating not only in our studio, but with music teachers everywhere!
Here's a look at the artwork from one of our high school students!  Have I mentioned the Piano Flip Book is popular with ALL our students - both elementary AND middle school/high school students?

A total win for your studio or classroom!

Bringing you quality resources is important to us.  We also "test" our resources by using them with our students first so that we only bring to you what students love!

In addition to the Piano Flip Book, we would like to introduce another new product - the Musicians are Like... series!  This series helps students identify characteristics of good musicians by relating them to animal skills, talents and behaviors.  We all love animals and often there is a great connection between us.  When used with your students, this series will help that connection and help you reinforce all those musician skills!

Our first series....The Jungle Edition!  And here's a look at what's included.

Nine Jungle Animal Collector Cards.  When printed and cut apart, they fit perfectly into baseball card-sized plastic sleeves so students can organize and view their collection.  Use them as rewards, encouragement, examples of goals to work on or simply for instructional enrichment.

Jungle Animal Coloring Pages!   There are five pages - nine animals along with one cover sheet.  In addition to an outline picture of each animal (suitable for coloring), each page includes information about the featured animal and ways students can relate the animal's trait to their own musicianship.  These coloring pages can be used as part of individual or group lessons, camps, or as a separate unit on positive characteristics of musicians.

Nine Jungle Animal Valentines!  Just in time for Valentine's Day, each valentine features a different jungle animal reinforcing your jungle theme and making it easy for you since all you need to do is print them and cut them apart.

Jungle Animal Birthday Postcards!  These postcards are unique, fun and simple for you to help your students celebrate!  Print them out, address them and they're ready to mail!

And unique to our jungle edition...Jungle Animal Stickers/Buttons!  One sheet features the nine individual animals and the trait each represents in a way your students can wear with pride.  You can print a sheet on adhesive sheets to use as stickers or print them on regular cardstock, cut them out and place in plastic button pins.  These are perfect for rewards, encouragement or to acknowledge the jungle animal trait your students most exemplify.

You can purchase the Musicians are Like...Jungle Edition by clicking on the Birds of a Feather tab above.  The one time purchase allows you to use the kit with your entire studio as many times as you want!  Keep in mind that we have several other editions in the works so you will soon see more options to choose from!

Also....DEEP IN THE HEART OF THE JUNGLE practice incentive and JUNGLE JAM camp plans will be released within the next couple of weeks!  This kit is a perfect complement to both of those!


Thursday, February 1, 2018


Teach your students about the piano!  Not only how to play it, but how it works.  We created this exciting, fun and interactive flip book that does just that!
I have been using the Piano Flip Book with my students over the last few months and they LOVE it! We've been taking a few minutes each week to work on it and for many it has become the highlight of the lesson!

With a few supplies you probably already have on hand, your students will be cutting, pasting, coloring and best of all...LEARNING all about the's history and anatomy, how the action works, the topography and how to care for this amazing instrument.

Here's a little look at some of what's inside:

A bit of history...

A piano flip book inside a piano flip book!

A full 88 keyboard pull out with activities on each octave!

The best part?  The purchase of the Piano Flip Book allows you to make as many copies as you want for your studio, classroom or home!  The gift that keeps on giving!

This activity can be used each week like I've been doing in my independent teaching studio or it can be part of a camp, group lesson, classroom or homeschool project.

Click on the BIRDS OF A FEATHER tab above to find it!  Enjoy!