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  • Chord Stacker™ ()

    Teach chords better!

    Students who are “chord fluent” learn literature quicker, improve memorization, and are more willing to improvise. Since manipulating objects is known to help students understand hard-to-grasp concepts, I wanted a way for them to construct chords by stacking physical items representing pitches. At first, I tried stacking cardboard boxes and adapting various games but they all had drawbacks. The solution was to make my own Chord Stacker™ boards and tiles.  Now your students can enjoy learning essential music theory concepts with their hands as mine do. Correlates to lessons in my Creative Chords piano method.

    Includes:
    • Wooden Rack - handmade from reclaimed lumber with four precision-cut channels ever so slightly larger than the tiles for easy sliding movement. Note that colors may vary. Size: 5.5 x 8.5 x 3/4 inches.
    • Tiles - 32 hand-stamped 1 inch square hardwood tiles per key including chord symbols and some 9 reversible note names to accommodate conventional minor key chords. Please specify key when ordering.
    Download Chord Stackers teacher's guide - free, no purchase necessary.

    How to teach triads with the Chord Stacker


    How to teach 7th chords and beyond with the Chord Stacker.
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    $14.95
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    Teaching Tools Bundle: Chord Stacker & Rhythm Board ()

    Save $5 by purchasing two incredible teaching tools together!

    Chord Stacker

    Teach chords better.

    Students who are “chord fluent” learn literature quicker, improve memorization, and are more willing to improvise. Since manipulating objects is known to help students understand hard-to-grasp concepts, I wanted a way for them to construct chords by stacking physical items representing pitches. At first, I tried stacking cardboard boxes and adapting various games but they all had drawbacks. The solution was to make my own Chord Stacker™ boards and tiles.  Now your students can enjoy learning essential music theory concepts with their hands as mine do. Correlates to lessons in my Creative Chords piano method.

    Includes:
    • Wooden Rack - handmade from reclaimed lumber with four precision-cut channels ever so slightly larger than the tiles for easy sliding movement. Note that colors may vary. Size: 5.5 x 8.5 x 3/4 inches.
    • Tiles - 32 hand-stamped 1 inch square hardwood tiles per key including chord symbols and some 9 reversible note names to accommodate conventional minor key chords. Please specify key when ordering.

    Download Chord Stackers teacher's guide - free, no purchase necessary.

    How to teach triads with a Chord Stacker


    How to teach 7th chords and beyond with a Chord Stacker.

     

    Rhythm Board
    Teach rhythm better.

    Easily demonstrate hard-to-understand rhythms with tokens and notched wood by relating the location of individual notes to the beat. Includes an eight-page manual packed with ideas about how to use rhythm boards. Note that product color may vary and tokens are not included. You can use marbles, wooden beads, candy (Skittles, M&Ms), or gum balls. Correlates to lessons in my Creative Chords piano method.

    Download the Rhythm Board teacher's guide (free).

    How to teach with a Rhythm Board
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    $22.95
  • The iPad Piano Studio - Hard copy Book ()
    Digital/Book Combo

    Includes:
    Digital E-Book Version
    Related Videos
    SimpleTEC Magazine & E-Magazine ($10 value)

    To receive your digital book code, please contact lviss@me.com upon purchase. If you do not, someone will be in touch with the code.  

    Between the covers you will find information, ideas, insight and inspiration on integrating the iPad within every aspect of studio teaching. Yes, it's called the iPad PIANO Studio, but teachers of other instruments will find the book beneficial as well. From those who are still contemplating the purchase of an iPad to those considered "veteran" iPad owners, there's something for everyone. The chapters are concise with striking graphics and a fresh format so that information can be gathered quickly.

    The book is offered as a paper back or digital edition. The paperback price includes the digital edition. Both formats include a growing library of videos plus a blog which will provide ongoing support and teaching tips--all accessed through dynamic QR codes.

    Take advantage of this state-of-the-art paperback experience. The fusion of physical, digital and online experiences provides an exclusive hybrid approach that combines a continual stream of the latest information, ideas, insight and inspiration.

    I cannot wait for you to experience what I've held close for over a year. -Leila

    E-BOOK - You will also receive an enhanced E-Book version, from the team of Digital Book Cloud - it's the prefect solution for accessing the content 24/7, anywhere you find a web connection. You can view the content on your home computer, iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Android and more.

    VIDEOS - In addition to great content, the book also includes a series of videos that enhance the reading experience. Some are instructional in nature, others, called "Peek-Ins" will allow you to take a peek into Leila's studio and see how her students interact with the iPad. How to you see these videos? It's easy! Simply scan any one of our *VQR codes (Video Quick Response Codes), and instantly, the video will instantly appear on your Smartphone screen - or any device that can read QR codes.

    SIMPLE TEC MAGAZINE (and E-MAG) - In addition, we will send you the premier issue of SimpleTEC - a Digital Discovery Magazine For Music Educators (along with an E-Mag version). SimpleTEC's non-tech approach to exploring the "what is and how to" world of music teacher websites, mobile communication, digital keyboard technology is just what the E-doctor ordered.

    *VQR - To view the videos, you will require a Smartphone with a QR reader app. Note - QR reader apps are free, simply search for QR readers in your devices app store. Download it and follow the instructions.
     
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    $21.99
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