Thursday, March 21, 2019

It's a Jungle out there!!!

...At least in the music teaching world!  Our Jungle Jam camp (and bundle) is becoming the one of the most popular camps we've done.

It's exciting to see other teachers who have the vision to not only run a camp this summer, but to chose one of my personal favorites!

We spent many months on this camp and the practice incentive.  In fact the practice incentive, In the Heart of the Jungle was inspired by the game of Labyrinth.  I had changed up that game a bit and used it as a game to teach musical terminology.  (You can see a post about that here.)  It quickly became a studio favorite and I mean it was a favorite for a couple of years!

I thought it would be fun to try to make a practice incentive around a labyrinth so after many months of planning and building graphics we produced, In the Heart of the Jungle and ultimately, the companion camp, Jungle Jam.

I have to admit I have a soft spot for the camp, RoadTrip USA! (which has been the most popular camp) because it was the very first camp I put together.  I didn't know what I was doing and I can remember sitting at my dining room table searching the internet and trying to find ideas and anything that might spark interest in my students. It took me SO LONG to put it together, but I loved the outcome and so did my students!

Now, many years and many camps later, I feel like the ideas are flowing endlessly! And I find it so much fun!  Jungle Jam took us over a year to put together but I couldn't be more thrilled about it.  I love the Trading Post and all of the activities we put together to highlight each of the shops.

I also love the nine animals we included and the personality traits we gave them. There's loads of games that highlight these and it was exciting to spend a week watching our students learn through play!

As with all of our camps, we include crafts that work with the theme and tons of games that you can use during the summer and all year with your students.  For all of you who have purchased Jungle Jam, I hope you and your students have an AMAZING summer!

For those of you are still trying to figure out what you want to do, consider running a camp!  It's an absolute favorite in my studio and parents always plan other camps around our music camps!  It's a nice feeling that parents value the quality education we're giving their children!

Don't forget that all of our camps and camp/practice incentives are ON SALE now through the end of April.  Take advantage and stock up!  If you would like a bit more information about Jungle Jam, click here.  If you would like to go ahead a purchase the camp and/or practice incentive bundle, click on the Camps tab above!

Also, just a quick reminder that our FUN-LYMPICS camp and Musicians In Training practice incentive will be up for sale by next month!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring Sale!!!

The SALE on the Piano Flip Book is NOW CLOSED!

Welcome Spring!!!  Thoughts of flowers, birds, and warmer weather are happening today!  To celebrate, we're increasing our sale!   In addition to all of our camps, practice incentives and camp bundles that are currently on SALE through the end of April, we're putting the very popular Piano Flip Book on SALE .

The Piano Flip Book is on SALE TODAY ONLY!!!  20% OFF !!!  Just click on the Birds of a Feather tab above and scroll down!

You can find more information about the Piano Flip Book here.

Enjoy the day and the sale!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019


It's that time of year again!

You're starting to think about the summer and whether to run a camp or not.  We're here to make it easy for you!  ALL of our CAMPS and BUNDLES as well as PRACTICE INCENTIVES are now ON SALE!  The sale will run through the end of April.

You can find simple details about each of the camps HERE and more detail about each one below:

Jungle Jam & Deep in the Heart of the Jungle - HERE
Beyond City Limits & Tonic Tower -HERE 
Musicians Island - HERE
World Adventure - HERE
RoadTrip USA - HERE
Meet the Composers - HERE

The BIG NEWS....

You've been asking and we're delivering!!

Next year is the 2020 Summer Olympics!  We get loads of requests for different camp plans.  The most requested? Olympic-themed!   We've been working very hard to bring a fabulous Olympic-themed camp and incentive program and it will be available shortly!!

We've put together a practice incentive - MUSICIANS IN TRAINING which is the training ground for the summer games, FUN-LYMPICS!

We designed both of these so that you can start with the practice incentive in the fall with the idea that your students will "train" for the summer games.  BUT, we wanted this program to be interchangeable and wanted to consider that summer can be very hot in some areas so the MUSICIANS IN TRAINING practice incentive also works fabulously as an indoor camp.

Both FUN-LYMPICS! and MUSICIANS IN TRAINING will be available soon so keep watching!  

We hope your summer plans will fall in place easily this year!  Take advantage of the SALE!  


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Musical Flags!

Looking for a exciting way to decorate your studio to start out the new year?  Look no further!

These modern-looking flags add just the right amount of fun while also acting as a fabulous teaching tool.

Hang them from your ceiling, your wall or a bulletin board.  The modern, geometric look fits any studio decor.  Your students will love them and you will find they come in handy when reviewing terminology.

Use them to drill your students to see how many they can name or define!  Use them in a group lesson and have students point them out after giving them a definition.

There are two styles of banners and we've included all the instructions to hang them separately or back-to-back so that you can even hang them freely in the middle of your room if you want!

We hope you enjoy them and find all kinds of ways to interact with them with your students!

Just click on the button below to purchase Modern Musical Flags!
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Friday, December 7, 2018

Oh, Christmas Tree!

Holidays in music studios and classrooms can be joyful, hectic and unfocused!   There's no better way to help kids re-focus then to make lessons fun and entertaining. This year, take some of the stress out by playing...Oh, Christmas Tree! - an exciting board game where players identify notes on the grand staff to earn tree decorations.

This is the perfect game to play for a group activity or during a lesson right before a recital when you want to add a bit of joy to all the nervousness.

Players start with a "closet" full of storage cards that feature boxed decorations, knotted lights and other items necessary to complete their trees.  As they identify grand staff notes and work their way up the decorated tree on the game board, players collect the Tree Trimming cards to complete their Christmas trees.

Here's a sample of Storage Cards (outlined in red) with the coordinating Tree Trimming cards.  Who wants tangled lights?

Oh, Christmas Tree! comes with a game board, three decks of cards and playing instructions.  Simply print, cut and PLAY!!

This month we're putting the game ON SALE!  Our Christmas present to you!

Just click on the button below to purchase the game!
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Accidentals Happen!

Looking for a fun way to review accidentals with your students?   Figuring out which "black" key to play can seem very confusing at first.  This exciting game not only helps students to recognize flats, sharps and naturals, but also to locate them on the keyboard.

Accidentals Happen is a board game that challenges students to name accidentals, play accidentals and name enharmonics.

We've included the game board, game cards, spinner, keyboard and full instructions to put together and play the game.

The "accidental's happen" theme is reinforced with fun caution spots on the game board that have your students issuing challenges to other players!
For added fun, we found these cute pots in a craft store.  We painted them to simulate orange caution cones and marked them with note values to make game pieces.

This game has been very effective with our students to solidify and find the correct notes in their music.  You can find Accidentals Happen! by clicking the Birds of a Feather tab above or click on the Lulu button below.  Because it's new, we've put it ON SALE!
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We hope you find it helpful with your own students!

Thursday, October 4, 2018


We know you love a value and we've started a new series that will do just that for you!

TRIPLETS - Note Value Edition is a bundle of three games and a large set of note AND rest value flashcards.  Each game uses only the flashcards you want to use with a student so they are perfectly tailored to your students skill level.  In addition, there are some specialty cards unique to each game.  The highlight, however, is the flashcards.  Who knew flashcards could be SO MUCH FUN?!

The three games included are "Give & Take", "Rows & Columns" and "8 to Win".  All three games are completely different, but still help to build the same concept - identifying/learning note and rest values.

We tried to tailor the games so they would fit any age level and I'm happy to report, they did just that!

I played one of the games with one of my five-year-old students and with one of my older teens.  Both of them loved it!  How often can you use one or one set of games for EVERYONE in your studio?H

Not to mention that this file contains a "boat-load" of flashcards that you can use in numerous other ways.  Have your students build measures based on a time signature.  You build the measures with missing notes and have them identify them.  Use the pack of flashcards for your summer camps for all kinds of games!

Here's a quick look at each game:

Another nice perk?   Three games fit in one pouch for easy quick storage! If you need to review note or rest values with any of your students, just pull out this one bag and you have three options for games and all the flashcards you could possibly need!

You can find TRIPLETS - Note Value Edition for sale by clicking on the Birds of a Feather Tab above or click the Lulu button below. AND...we're putting it on sale for the rest of the month!!!!  Happy October!

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And watch for more editions already in the works!

Monday, September 17, 2018

5 UNEXCITING items I wouldn't want to teach without!

Funny title, right?  Well, there are a few "not so exciting" but really helpful things that I use every week and sometimes every day!  I could post about other really cool, colorful & fun items (and maybe I will later!) but I thought I'd share my unsung heroes today!  These items I would NOT want to be without!  So without further ado...

1.  SHARPIES  Ok, so these might be a bit exciting!  My students LOVE to chose 2 each week that I use to write out their assignments.
In fact, I have some students who will remember their assignments better and check the assignment page more often if I have them write out them out.  Often times that also means a couple of pictures to fill the page!

I'm sure you're wondering why I use two with each student, but it's pretty simple.  Using one just wasn't enough for them.  My students often asked if I would use more colors so now we just go with it!!

Many of you may email assignments, but if you're using pencil or pen, why not give these a try?  I promise your students will love it!

2.  CONTACT PAPER  Now this is definitely not exciting, BUT...I use this stuff ALL. THE. TIME!  I have a laminator that I use, but often I prefer to use contact paper.  It's especially helpful when I need to laminate game cards or flashcards.

With contact paper there are NO extra edges you have to worry about like you do when you use a laminator.  The edges are just as clean as a regular deck of cards.

My favorite brand is Duck Brand Peel & Stick.  I've used several other brands I find this one to be MUCH easier and clean to use.

I've been using contact paper for years and although it may seem intimidating to work with, I find it easy and quick!  In fact, if you'd like me to do a video showing how I use it, just let me know in the comments below.

3.  PAPER TRIMMER  A lifesaver for your hands!  I use a trimmer whenever I want to cut out straight edges.  So all those cards I just covered in contact paper?

Cutting them out with a paper trimmer makes them a breeze!  Even through card stock (I use 110 lb.) and two layers of contact paper, my trimmer cuts through everything with very little effort.  Of course, having a sharp blade is necessary so if it takes more pressure or more passes to cut through, replacing the blade fixes that problem instantly.

If you want me to add a demo using a trimmer as well as the contact paper, just let me know in the comments below.

4.  LABEL MAKER  With a studio FULL of stuff (music, games, etc.) keeping organized is really important.  I don't want to waste any time during a lesson trying to locate something or a piece of something to use with a student.  Using a label maker helps me find things easily and it looks so much more professional!

I use this model and love it!  Using "chain print" allows me to make lots of labels at once without wasting a lot of the label cartridge so despite a lot of use, those cartridges last me quite awhile.

It's also really easy to use different sizes of labels or different colors (even clear!).  I keep my label maker in a clear plastic container with the power cord and the labels all together making it easy to grab it from storage and move it to my work surface.

5.  MOUNTING PUTTY  Ok, this stuff really is the unsung hero for me especially this year.  I've used a ton of it year after year to put up my practice incentives.  It works great, comes off easily and can be reused year after year.  A little goes along way and it's inexpensive!
I even use it in my home to keep pictures from tilting on the wall.  Everything just stays in place so well.  But, if you want to use it to temporarily stick something up, it easily does that as well.  In fact, with many of my practice incentives, I've used this stuff on the back of my students' game pieces.  Each week when they move their game pieces there is no worry about a mess or ripping anything, especially if game boards are laminated as well.

Notice how all of these things tie together?

These 5 items may seem unexciting, but to me they are coveted!  They make my life easier and allow me to get more done in a shorter amount of time!

What UNEXCITING items do you use that you might consider sharing with us?

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

What's New? Wednesday!

For many of you, summer is coming to a close and you're getting your studios and classrooms ready for the fall kick-off!  We thought we'd make it a bit easier to decorate by offering festive Nautical Musical Flags!

These flags add such a whimsical, colorful look to any room.  There are 12 different flags and each one fits on one 8.5" x 11" piece of card stock.  They are set up with a tab at the top so you can tape them over string to hang or if they will be seen from both sides, you can glue two back to back.

I strung these all over the studio last year and it really set the stage for a festive year.  The flags  also offered a very visible example of musical terminology by providing a unique set of flashcards!

We've put the Nautical Musical Flags in our shop. Just click on the Birds of a Feather tab above or directly from the Lulu link below to get yours!

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Last Day of the SALE!

Saturday, June 30, 2018 is the LAST DAY of the SALE on all Practice Incentives and Can You Reach 100?  Studio Challenge!!  Take advantage of the sale and get your studio ready for an exciting new year of great practicing!!

You can read the recent post about using practice incentives here.  To purchase a practice incentive for your studio, simply click on the Birds of a Feather tab above and scroll down!

We hope you enjoy a great year!