Star Wars sheet music for young piano students is one the very and most popular choices for encouraging practice. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last forever. Then you have to find something else to inspire them.

Star Flight for Level 4 Piano Solo by Andrew Fling is written with the young piano student in mind, and provides many of those unique sounds that are characteristic of John Williams film score music. It is most like the Star Wars main theme,which is most often the piece kids want to play.

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Want to learn more John Williams? Here are a few resources:

Biographies

John Williams on Wikipedia
Hey Kids, Meet John Williams | Composer Biography

Worksheets

John Williams | Film Score Music Listening Glyphs
Star Wars (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph
Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet
Jurassic Park (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph
John Williams | Word Search Worksheet

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Having a summer practice goal is a wonderful way to keep kids motivated and growing as musicians. It also makes the most of their free time. If you’re interest in taking on this challenge here’s a list of things to consider.

 

Length of Vacation

The first thing you’ll need to figure out is how many days your child has for summer vacation. Then you can factor in family vacation time and a few full days at the water park. What’s left are the days for the practice challenge.

 

Practice Goal

There are a variety of goals your can set, including:

a) Practice every day. No set time limit. Just accomplish something.

b) Practice 20 minutes every day. Mark your practice record as students achieve their daily goal.

c) Set a a goal of 25 hours. Some kids might like this best, and have the goal completed in a few weeks.

 

Practice Charts

We have a collection of free printable practice charts if you’re interested.

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Reward or No Reward

You’ll also need to decide if the reward of becoming a better musician and playing fun songs is reward enough, or should you provide a reward to work toward.

A research study conducted by Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive: The Suprising Truth About What Motivates Us, looked at a group of preschoolers who chose to spend their “free play” time drawing. The researchers divided the students into three groups. The first was the “expected-award” group. They knew they would get something for completing their assigned goal. The second group was the “unexpected-award” group. They would receive a “Good Player” certificate, though wouldn’t know it’s coming. The third group was the “no-award” group. There was no promise of a reward, and nothing was awarded.

Children in the “unexpected-award” and “no-award” groups drew just as much and enjoyed drawing just as much. However, the children who expected to receive an award showed much less interest in drawing spent much less drawing.

Extrinsic rewarded can be great. You’ll just have to decide if they are right for your kids.

Here’s an arrangement of When Johnny Comes Marching Home for easy piano that not too hard to play. It offers younger players one of their first experiences to play a “composed piece” rather than just straight through the tune like most arrangements that they’ll be given at this stage in piano lessons. It also ventures in the key of G minor, so it a great opportunity to stretch them beyond C Major, G Major and F Major.

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Students will also benefit by being able to listen to the Mp3 file of the arrangement that is available on the site.

Lyrics
When Johnny comes marching home again,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We’ll give him a hearty welcome then
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The men will cheer and the boys will shout
The ladies they will all turn out
And we’ll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.

 

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Teaching is satisfying in so many ways, but teacher salaries can be challenging at times. If you’re up for doing something about it, here’s a list of ideas.

1) Sell Your Teaching Materials

TeachersPayTeachers.com is the largest marketplace for selling teacher created digital print lesson plans and resources. If you’ve got a few lesson plans that you think would be a hit with other teachers, you should create an account.

If you’re interested in selling on Teachers Pay Teachers, Pinterest will soon become you best friend. The traffic to Pinterest is amazing and the people visiting this site have more of a shopping mindset that any other social media site. Below are tools and resources that will be helpful.

TrafficWonker makes marketing easy by automation just about every aspect of Pinterest marketing.

TrafficWonker.com – The Auto-Pilot Pinterest Pin Scheduler

The following 10-page book will help guide Pinterest marketing newbies to make the most of the site – and get it working well in just 21 days. Thie book is FREE!

Pinterest Marketing :: 21-Day Plan for Marketing Campaign Automation

2) Teach Online Courses

Teachable.com is one of the top sites for marketing online courses. With Teachable.com you can easily build a beautiful course website, share your knowledge, and be rewarded for it. I personally know a teacher who put together a video course and launched it to Teachable.com. In the first few days, she made over $2,000. Wow!

3) Tutor Online

Tutor.com provides online tutoring – and you can be one of their tutors. You can also do it the old-fashioned way – in person.

4) Write an eBook

Writing a book certainly isn’t a quick process, but it can be rewarding. Just research which topics seem most successful and start writing. It is also important to start building a list of people who may be interested in your book once it’s published.

5) Become a Grader or Test Scorer

If you don’t mind increasing the mind-numbing number of hours you spend grading papers, you might consider offering your services to other teachers or school districts. To find out about and apply for jobs like these, you can visit the job board on HigherEdJobs.com.

6) Writer/Proofreading

If your grammar skills are strong and you like writing and/or proofreading, you can offer your services on UpWork.com. I use this site often to find talented people.

7) Taxes

Just being better informed about what you can deduct can save you tons of money at tax time every year. The following article can help you identify a few ways you could be saving. Of course, consulting your accountant should always be the final word on these types of things.

10 Tax Saving Tips for Private Music Teachers

Émile Waldteufel, born on December 9, 1837 was a French pianist, conductor and composer. He is known for Skaters’ Waltz and Dolores.

This arrangement of Dolores is for level 4 piano solo. It gives students an excellent opportunity to work at musical expression, while not being over technical.

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Are you looking for a piece that your kids can start practicing for your New Year’s Eve party? This arrangement is perfect for students that have had 2-3 years of piano lessons.

Get Silent Night | Easy/Beginner Piano Solo

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Lyrics

Silent Night
Holy Night
All is calm
All is bright
Round yon virgin
Mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

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Here’s an easy to play piano solo for You Raise Me Up, made popular by Josh Groban. It would be a great selection for students that have studied piano for at least four years.

Get You Raise Me Up | Easy Piano Sheet Music on MusicNotes.com

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Lyrics
When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary
When troubles come, and my heart burdened be
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me…

Get more lyrics on Google Play Music

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