Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
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Fistful of Notes by Gail Fischler
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Want the convenience of pre-printing and lamination? Then, this is for you. Jumpstart your own and your students’ creativity with a fully laminated physical copy of the popular board game, Musical Words. Have fun as you deepen connections to
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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
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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
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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,
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Please enjoy these arrangements of 9 Carols from France, Ukraine, Mexico, Poland, USA, Austria/Germany, and Norway! Each Carol portrays a unique character and culture. You will find them full and satisfying with interesting harmonies and melodies
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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
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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 &
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Taiko and Fue was inspired by Japanese festival music which is meant to get everybody’s toes tapping! This piece is great fun for intermediate level pianists of all ages. It is perfect for correlating music into social studies projects etc, as well
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Explore music of the world with my Passports series! Korean Sojourn is an arrangement of the lovely songs Doraji and Arirang set partner style. It is great fun for intermediate level pianists of all ages. It is perfect for correlating music into
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Channel your inner Ukelele with this bright and energetic arrangement of the traditional Hawaiian tune, La Molokama. This piece is great fun for intermediate level pianists of all ages. It is perfect for correlating music into social studies
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Imagine yourself in ancient Persia! Echoes in Nava was inspired by ancient melodies in traditional Nava mode. This piano piece is super for intermediate level pianists of all ages. It is perfect for correlating music into social studies projects
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Please enjoy this beautiful melody from Japan. This piano arrangement is super for intermediate level pianists of all ages. It is perfect for correlating music into social studies projects etc, as well as, for world music themed programs, camps, and
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Meet Grandpa, Grandma, a hoe, a fish, and a pot! Ti Oh Oh comes to us from Taiwan and is arranged in the style of Eric Satie. It is super for intermediate level pianists of all ages. It can be staged with narration too! It is perfect for correlating
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Inspire everyone to dance to this traditional Philippine melody as you play! Lawiswis Kawayan is an important part of all New Years celebrations. This arrangement is great for intermediate level pianists of all ages. It is perfect for correlating
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Did you know that in India there are Ragas for each time of day? Portrait in Midnight is based on a midnight Raga. Information on Rags and Indian Scales is included. This piece is great for intermediate level pianists of all ages. It is perfect for
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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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