Monday, January 27, 2014

"The Piano Bench Mag" by Karen Gibson: Review and Giveaway

 "The world of piano education is changing and it can be difficult to keep up with the latest technology and find the best way to connect with, inspire, and motivate this tech-savvy generation of students. The Piano Bench Mag is for piano teachers everywhere who are looking for exciting new resources and inspiration to make their lessons more fun, relevant, and profitable."
      -Karen Gibson, The Piano Bench Mag

The Piano Bench Mag, by Karen Gibson, is a new magazine dedicated to music teaching ideas and resources. It is available in the App Store, and once you subscribe, the magazine is viewable in the Newsstand app. 

Some of my favorite things about this magazine are:

  • I can read it on my iPad, and this helps me to stay organized and clutter-free! 
  • A variety of subscription packages are available. See below for specifics. 
  • It's very affordable!
  • Each issue is dedicated to a specific topic:
    • Games & Music Camps: TONS of information and ideas!
    • Practice: Lots of ways to motivate your students!
    • Technology: My favorite issue so far - ideas galore! 
    • Holiday Ideas: Terrific alternate recital ideas and studio projects, plus a great list of links to holiday songs and worksheets!
  • Each issue contains a short tutorial of how to use the magazine app. This has been very helpful when I want to re-read a specific article or watch one of the video segments again. 
  • Articles are written by many music teachers who have a variety of backgrounds and interests, so there is something in each issue that will appeal to everyone. 
  • There are interviews with experts on specific topics.
  • The magazine contains quite a few app reviews, and I have learned about some great ones that I didn't know about before. 
  • There are many links to resources created by your favorite music bloggers, as well as some that may be less familiar to you, but that you will be glad to learn about.
  • Relevant video clips are included, and your Wi-Fi must be enabled for you to view them.
Subscriptions are available:

  • Single issue
  • 1-month subscription
  • 6-month subscription
  • 12-month subscription (best value!)

Karen has generously offered three of my readers a free 3-month subscription!

To enter, first leave a comment at the bottom of this post and answer the following question:
"What is your favorite way to incorporate your iPad into your lessons and classes?" 

OR if you don't yet have an iPad, you can answer this question instead:
"If you had an iPad, how would you incorporate it into your lessons and classes?"

Then use the Rafflecopter widget to complete your entry! The drawing will take place on Thursday, January 30, and the three winners will be contacted via email with instructions of how to claim their free 3-month subscriptions.

Be sure to like "The Piano Bench Mag" on Facebook to receive updates!

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Review: 101 Piano Practice Tips by Tracy Selle (and a giveaway!)

Tracy Selle's new ebook "101 Piano Practice Tips" (available here) was written for parents, but can be invaluable for students, teachers, grandparents, siblings, and anyone who is involved in the life of a child or teen who is taking piano lessons.

The 101 tips included in the book are brief, to the point, relevant, creative, and can be put into practice (no pun intended!) immediately. Tracy has put together a wonderful list of practice tips and has organized them into sections such as: