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Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler

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By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
Have fun solving these musical puzzles using letter and emoji substitutions. Most activities that translate words into notes use only ABCDEFG which severely limits creativity. The code ciphers I have created use the entire alphabet plus emojis so
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Music, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
$5.00
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By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
Cereal (Serial) Composition and the piano piece, Edges: Beyond Tonality, conveniently bundled together to create a fun, accessible unit on atonality. Great for integration of music into study of abstract art and surrealism. "I found your Cerealism
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Instrumental Music
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Songs
$4.50
$4.05
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By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
Get all your favorite teaching tools in one convenient bundle! Musical Words Game (dwnld), Practice Tools, Meet the 5 Finger Cats, Meet the 5 Finger Cats Dice, 1-2-3 Line Read and Play, plus 2 freebies! $16 value
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Instrumental Music
Grades:
PreK, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, ...
Types:
Activities, Assessment
$18.00
$16.20
1
Bundle
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
This file contains Christmas music from around the world arranged for intermediate pianists of all ages. Eleven Carols are included- volume of 8 plus 3 singles. Carols are from France, Germany, USA, India, Cameroon, Argentina, Mexico, and more!
Subjects:
Other (Social Studies - History), Holidays/Seasonal, Instrumental Music
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, EBooks, Songs
$8.00
Digital Download PDF (44.55 MB)
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
A successful sight reader figures out the name of the starting pitch and then (except for large leaps) uses relative position and direction from there. These one, two, and three line reading sheets are designed to help students experience the
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Instrumental Music
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Songs, Games
$4.00
2
Digital Download PDF (11.01 MB)
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
All your creative tools for expression and practice are here in one convenient package!Included: Musical Words Game Download, Tools for Positive Practice, My Great Practice Choices Chart, (Bonus Musical Words Foldable Dice Freebie)$11 Value
Subjects:
Music, Instrumental Music, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment
$11.00
$9.90
Bundle
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
Students will love learning their basic 5 finger patterns with these fun sheets and activities. The patterns are organized so that the young player can easily group them by key color: WWWWW, WWBWW, BBWBB, etc. Students love the lively accompaniment
Subjects:
Music, Instrumental Music, Other (Music)
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities
$3.00
1
Digital Download PDF (1.71 MB)
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
Jumpstart your own and your students’ creativity with the popular board game, Musical Words. Have fun as you deepen connections to musical emotion and character. • Individual or team play • Add your own words • Great for all instruments, levels
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities
$8.00
Digital Download PDF (8.04 MB)
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
Practicing can be tricky. We hear people say things like, “Do it 10 times. Can’t do it? Do it 20 times more.” But, there’s a trap there. Doing something 10, 20, or even 100 times won’t help if you aren’t doing it in a way that helps you progress. In
Subjects:
Music, Instrumental Music, Other (Music)
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment
$3.00
1
Digital Download PDF (3.66 MB)
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
A convenient package containing attractive, fun activities for your young musicians. Included: Meet the 5 Finger Cats, 5 Finger Cat Game Dice, 1-2-3 Line Read and Play$8 Value
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Instrumental Music
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Assessment
$7.00
$6.30
Bundle
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
Get Your Ingredients Together: Row, Clusters, Crab Row, Mirror Stir Them Up Into Your Own Cereal (Serial) Style Composition. Milk Optional! Includes: Tips & Ideas, Composer & Style Information, Work Pages, & Challenge Pages. Please
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Other (Music)
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (3.42 MB)
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
Edges is an intermediate level tone row piece for study, illustration, and/or performance. Help your students understand the principles of atonality and serialism in this fun approachable way. Includes Piano Score plus information on atonalism,
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Instrumental Music
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Songs
$1.50
Digital Download PDF (14.67 MB)
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
A colorful number die for students to make. It is perfect to use with the Musical Words Board Game and for any other activities you can dream up. Included: Directions, Foldable number die, Customizable foldable die. The final folded size is about 2
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Other (Music)
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities
FREE
2
Digital Download PDF (1.62 MB)
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
Try out these secret code note writing sheets! Students have to really know the staff to write and create in these activities. These free sheets also replace 2 pages in the paid Crack the Secret Code pdf with edits for typos and spacing.
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Music, Instrumental Music
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.80 MB)
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
Piano methods are tools. And, with the advent of self-publishing, there are a lot of them available. Unfortunately, no one perfect method exists. I think this is a good thing. Most of us have several series that we choose to fit individual teaching
Subjects:
Music and Dance, Music, Instrumental Music
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Professional Development, Activities, Other
FREE
Digital Download PDF (2.19 MB)
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
A Handy Chart to Help Track Great Practice Habits Check or Color the Appropriate Date Boxes Works Beautifully With Tools For Positive Practice One Full Month Per Chart Print One or Two Per Page Room To Add Your Own Practice Tools &
Subjects:
Music, Instrumental Music, Other (Music)
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets
FREE
Digital Download PDF (1.56 MB)
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
I adapted my piano arrangement of Gaspar, Melchor, y Baltazar (included in Passports Christmas) for use in a group Christmas Carol activity. It works for 2 or more students of mixed levels. They can play the melody only, add root tones, fifths, or
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Instrumental Music
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities
FREE
Digital Download PDF (2.11 MB)
By Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
1. These 8 sided dice are designed to go along with my Meet the 5 Finger Cats sheets. The two dice each show 3 pairs of keys grouped by color pattern and geography. #1 shows C & G (WWWWW), D & A (WWBWW) & Db & Ab (BBWBB). #2 shows E
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Instrumental Music
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities
FREE
Digital Download PDF (1.98 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My name is Gail Fischler and I have taught music, piano, and pedagogy for over 40 years. I'm an experienced classroom, private, and college level teacher. I'm the founder of Piano Addict, the international blog for piano students, teachers, and avocational players to connect, discover and enjoy all that is piano. I've has contributed to The Piano Bench Magazine, The American Music Teacher, and Grand Piano Passion, and has been featured on the Podcast, The Modern Musician. I am the author of Christmas Carols: From Around the World (EVC Publishing) and co-author of Latin America (Piano Accents). I founded The Musical Adjectives Project, an interactive Wiki to aid pianists and musicians in understanding and describing the emotions and character within themselves and their music. To further help young musicians discover and communicate musical meaning, I created the popular board game Musical Words.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am a facilitator at heart but I also believe in teaching fundamentals. I structure my classes to present the concepts behind skills and facts. I want my piano students to be able to decode a piece of music, & interpret it after they leave me. I want their music to enrich their lives and their life experience to enrich their music. I want the teachers I work with to teach purposefully and to recognize the all important early steps to advanced playing. I want them to be able to look at materials and be able to figure out why they are organized in a certain way and what would need to be supplemented. I want them to understand that every person does not learn or think in the same way and have a toolbox of strategies to help each student. That's why I design my games and activities to be flexible. I want them to fit all students and teaching situations. My activities are adaptable and work individually, in small groups, and in classrooms.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I was awarded the Janice McCurnin - Beatrice Searles ASMTA Honored Teacher Award. I hold Permanent Professional Certification in piano from Music Teachers National Association. I've contributed to The Piano Bench Magazine, The American Music Teacher, Curious Piano Teachers, and Grand Piano Passion, and been featured on the Podcast, The Modern Musician.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I hold a BA in Music and Secondary Education from San Jose State University, as well as, an MM in Piano Performance and PhD in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from the University of Arizona. My teachers and coaches have included Rex Woods, Carol Stivers, Ozan Marsh, Theodora McMillan, Menahem Pressler, Marilyn Thompson, Colin Hampton, Johana Harris, and Patrick Meierotto.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I currently teach Piano at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, AZ and maintain an independent studio in Tucson. When not teaching, composing, or blogging, I garden, cook, bike, and hang out with family and friends.

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