The Pattern Interrupt

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The Pattern interrupt –

Creating a Mission toward Mastery

 

I’m glad I’m relatively strong.  I used to move our furniture around ….often: maybe once a month, sometimes more often.  I would interrupt any patterns of lethargy in myself or my family. That was a challenge with four kids and six dogs.  Don’t judge you hardly knew they were around,….the dogs I mean.  Each of us had our own red (or close) poodle for unconditional love.  It worked.  Here is a picture of our new little puppy ‘Pippin’.  Oh my heart, does he get attention. For my life now, even Pippin is playing the part of a ‘pattern interrupt’.

 If we started to get too comfortable with sitting around a TV I’d move it………… I guess I have to admit that was my way of cleaning the house as well.    Maybe moving the furniture was extreme.  But it worked for me.

A Pattern interrupt;  Why bother?

Why force the discomfort just to make change?

Life isn’t easy and it is full of turns and twists and unexpected struggles.   I always wanted our home to be a Shangri-La away from the world.  Anyone using its refuge was to feel safe and unexamined.  Their business hats could come off and they could be totally kids again, safe and growing.  But laziness wasn’t part of the deal.  So, if I sensed, mostly in myself, a bit of ‘ennuyé,  I’d simply make a change – A ‘Pattern Interrupt’

Make a plan and work the plan.

The comfort of the ‘same old same old’ is often a rut that prevents progress. Ruts or habits do give comfort but they grove an actual rut in the upper part of your brain.  That’s why they are so hard to get rid of.  They start in a pleasure area in the frontal cortex and move back to where obsessions hide out.  No wonder it is so difficult to stop them.  I always say, start another ‘good’ habit that resembles the poor habit and you can kick it.

 And now, the application for musicians.

Practice partners need to be aware of the tendency of just practicing to get it done rather than improve. They will need to be involved enough to plan a way to interrupt the pattern.   A students’ practice time can diminish into a time of frustration, sometimes snowballing into a time of crying – ‘I can’t’.  Be sure it isn’t manipulation and work on the frustration.

 Interrupt the pattern by making the impossible thing important enough to conquer.  Pay attention to the little ‘I can’t’. What is it you ‘can’t.   Single it out.  Make it the center of focus for a bit.   Improve your skills through repetition.  Then have fun with it.  Laugh.  Create a ‘mission’ to reach a goal and make it stick. Be aware that any repetition of the wrong thing will create a habit, and as we discussed, habits are tough to break.     Once established, a helping hand is often needed to pull you out.

Before the habit takes hold, make it a success by drawing a picture of a road and moving something down the road with each repetition of the ‘I can’t’ – specific challenging part. Make the successful try their favorite color and the unsuccessful gray.  Even a failure is a success because success and failure are on the same road and you are moving toward your goal with every attempt to reach it whether successful or not. Hopefully, there will be more successful attempts as you move down the road.  Always offer a positive ‘alternative-way-of-thinking’ about something to create the pattern interrupt and soon, you will be flowing in a positive course toward your goals.

If we don’t interrupt our automatic reactions, we won’t be in control of them.  We want our thoughts to be positive, confident, encouraging, decisive thoughts.  Without the ‘Pattern interrupt’, our automatic thoughts take over and literally protect us from change.

I realize that this is somewhat simplistic.  We could have adrenal glands that are exhausted causing negative attitudes.  Do you know what one of the number one remedies for that is…..change…get out into wide open spaces.  Take the kids to a park and play your music.  Go onto a boardwalk and face the ocean and play…be sure to leave out your case for anyone showing their appreciation.  We can’t blame-shift and hope it isn’t our fault.

Maturity gives power over even our ailing bodies.  It is partly developed through taking our thoughts and actions and forming them into what we would want to become.  Encourage your ten years olds to imagine what traits in adults they highly respect then give them a path to becoming that person.

Help them to become self-directed by first recognizing the fact that they might be sinking into an undesirable pattern, possibly laziness, distraction or discouragement.  Then interrupt the pattern.  Show them how to redirect their actions and mental thoughts.  Not only will this prevent the adolescent loss of direction but it will help them to be actively responsible for who they become when they walk through the door of adulthood and independence and find themselves accountable for everything.  So much more, but that can be for later.

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Check it out! It is called: Color-Coded Music

 

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Remember:  a note that is sharp or flat is notated with a circle the color of the note it is moving toward.  Just a little help while we are learning.

 

 

The Brain and how we process information

Tools to teach

Violin Sheet Music – Paperbacks

Book One

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

Tools to teach

Violin Sheet Music –

Paperbacks

Pretwinkle books

   tutorial videos

on computer and

iPhone/iPad

and music theory games

digital books


 

Book One

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

 

Violin  Book two

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

Violin  Book three

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

Violin Great Extra

Books

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

 

 

 

carolanderson@scalesarentjustafishthing.com

 

 

The ’10 Minute Music Theory Card Games’ ™ is a year long series of card games intended to be played at the end of each lesson.  This slowly builds understanding from the simplest concept until it is intrinsically understood. Students want to come to lessons because they are motivated and excited about learning.  Their progress is solid and steady.  They understand intervals and otherwise difficult music theory concepts by playing games until they are at lightning speed.  All games include ‘clue cards‘ with all the answers ‘nurture don’t test’.

‘The Magnificent Fingerboard ™’  is the basis for reference.  Students become familiar with the notes and the patterns. Combined with listening to the music, the understanding of the notes and their relationship to the notes around them, is a great musical foundation.

Ten Minute Music Theory

Card Games Series

 

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A Goal without a Plan is just a wish

A Goal without a Plan is just a Wish

Achieving a goal requires a plan for small changes moving toward the ultimate goal.

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Igniting Sleeping Brains Project

Igniting Sleeping Brains

Carol JC Anderson

Let’s take a quick look at how differently we are all wired.

In the 8O’s, it was a big thing to discuss the right brain and the left brain.

It still has validity and is a big part of the puzzle but isn’t the end all.

I have a theory that explains why the right or left brain seem to be more active in our daily lives.

It has to do with the speed at which our brain functions.

Beta, Alpha and Theta speeds.

Left, Right (half asleep)

There are more but these are the basic speeds but those we can control most easily are:

  • Beta waves –  strongly engaged mind (left brain)
  • Alpha state – resting, drawing, enjoying a garden (right side of brain).
  • Theta waves –  daydream

Could it be as simple as that?

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Disclaimer,

I am nobody and know nothing.  This is informed opinion.

May not work for everyone.

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This process will take 7 weeks.

I must say,

that despite the research I’ve done

and the knowledge that I’ve acquired,

I still,

at times,

find myself in a room waiting for the ‘tape to go around’

so that I will remember why I’m standing there with something in my hand.

That’s normal – not early onset anything.

Thinking it is some sort of red flag will only exacerbate the anxiety or exhaustion

or the reason why you are on autopilot.

This 7-week program will be multi-week: adding one little activity at a time to what you are already doing.

It will only and must only take 10 minutes a day.

Your brain will continue to exercise even after you are done.

 

Here is your first activity.

In an area that is large enough, create an 8.  This will be your ‘trail’ for the entire 7 weeks of the ‘Igniting Sleeping Brains Project’.

Spray paint it on the grass or just wing it.

Make sure the area is at least  10′ x 6′ or something large.  Now for the first session you will simply walk the 8.  I wish I were there to watch because where you cut the 8 off is where you have a problem in your brain.  I know it sounds to simple.  But so what if it works.  Since I am not there to watch, somehow force yourself to make a nicely rounded eight by painting it on the lawn or using colorful tape on a rug or floor.

Walk this 8 for 10 minutes….no more!!!

You can’t use a treadmill.

It isn’t about walking.

It is about the switching of our direction with the 8

Arms quietly by your side.  Don’t swing them.

We just want your legs directing the paths in your brain.

Don’t talk (no auditory stimuli) no music, no radio, no tv, no friends talking to you!!

Don’t watch anything (no visual stimuli)

Just concentrate on walking the 8.

You can do this two times a day if you want quicker results.

But be sure that you are walking the 8 without cutting off any portion of it.

If you continually cut off a corner, you won’t fix the problem causing you to cut off the corner in the first place.

At least once have someone tell you if you are doing it correctly.

Next, we will layer this activity with another very simple action but don’t go on until you can walk this 8 well.

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Stress vs Burnout

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By Carol Anderson

Super Heroes work hard

Can they burn out or feel

stressed?

As much as all of us want to be ‘Super Heroes’, we have to contend with the fact that we are human.

Being human brings with it a bit of fragility.

Knowing the ‘face’ of our body’s enemy gives us a clearer path to running the race as a Super Hero.

Sometimes we get confused as to the definition of ‘STRESS’ vs ‘BURNOUT‘.

Here’s how they compare.

Stress is characterized by a response of ‘over-activity’

Burnout prompts backing off…’disengagement’

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Stress shows in an overactive emotional response.

(Others think….’Where did that come from?’)

Burnout is where you can’t seem to feel anything….

your emotions are blunted.

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Stress makes your body shutdown

you have a loss of energy but a mental state of anxiety.

Burnout creates a shutdown of your dreams, hopes and motivation.

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Stress creates anxiety

Burnout leads to depression

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Stress and Burnout are two paths that seem to run parallel

but actually are quite different.

It is like the common cold vs cancer.

One can just put you in bed for a while.

The other can kill you.

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When stressed, the primary damage shows itself in your physical health.

When experiencing burnout, the damage is evident in your emotions.

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Stress can kill you

Burnout makes you lose your desire to live.

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So.….What to do?

It takes work to be a Super Hero

1) Unrealistic goals are a major player in creating both stress and burnout.

2) Create boundaries.- Just say no sometimes

3) We all have 24 hours a day and some of that time needs to be refreshing your spirit so even though you have an amazing work ethic, develop a ‘relax’ ethic too.

3) Don’t try to control what is out of your control.

ie: people.

Don’t manipulate or coerce.

4) Don’t violate your personal moral hierarchy –

but be sure to establish a moral hierarchy or

you will be tossed around with every suggestion.

Regret is a big player in causing stress or burnout.

If you regret something — down the road shame takes hold.

And shame is a major destroyer of the quality of one’s life.

Shame is a feeling that is worse than almost anything.

It attacks even those who are contented with who they are.

Shame creeps in because you haven’t lived up to your own standards – not someone elses.

You might be someone who has achieved great things, you have few enemies…you are  liked by everyone

but in some private area of your mind,

you aren’t fulfilling your beliefs about yourself – your activities – your plan – and

Whammmmooooo!!!!…shame creeps in.

 

Did you ever wonder why some people seem to be running a great race and then stop to

(what I call ‘cut themselves off at the knees’)

They just seem to loose the race on purpose.

They do something that destroys their chances of reaching their goal or being successful.

 

They have it all.

Why give it up for……..?

Actually, sometimes it is because what is required of them is something outside their ‘ideal- self’.

As easy as regret is to set aside, shame seems to permeate.

I know that I will never remember the circumstances that surrounded a choice I might have made twenty years ago but  even after all that time it could be a source of ‘shame’.

I made a pack with myself long ago not to second guess the ‘why’ for my choices.  I would never remember that one kid had a fever and the other couldn’t find their shoe so I didn’t go visit a sick relative and they died.  Ok, maybe a little dramatic but that’s the way life often is.  If you let it, it is constant drama.

I had decided to set aside self-condemnation for what was or wasn’t done but offered myself the respect I would give to anyone else if they were willing and pro-active in making choices and following through with establishing ‘goals’.

Since I teach music, I’ll use that as an example.  If you stop taking or teaching music lessons or never start, weigh that against the level of importance that music holds in your life.  True, it will create more activity in your home for sure – more accountability – yet, if you never do it and you always wanted to, it may introduce regret and eventually shame ergo an underlying cause of stress and burnout.

Life choices hold far more power than a simple passing thought.  They build a nest and raise a brood.  (family) Why do you think we call it brooding when we mull over issues?  Ha  …. I made that up. But it is true to a point.  A passing thought doesn’t affect us but ‘self-image’ (the private, sometimes secret nest of self-image we have in our heads) does.  And if we aren’t feeding that self-image with what it takes to get us there, then we can develop regret, shame, burnout and stress.

Stress is something you need to address with a professional. Don’t sit on it.  It won’t just go away and it will begin to affect your health.

For those who are identifying with burnout or regret,

see where you are on this path and undo what took you there.

If you are feeling sorry for yourself

self-pity leads to an unforgiving spirit

An unforgiving spirit leads to resentment

Resentment leads to anger

Anger leads to bitterness

Bitterness leads to depression.

And depression can make you feel like life is not worth living.

Busyness hides depression

Don’t fake it,

challenge yourself

and don’t allow boredom to open the door to the ugly mental path that got you in the ‘muddy road toward  depression’ or disappointment in the first place.

Back off and have fun.

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Moments are the ‘bytes’ of our life

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Scales  Aren’t Just a Fish Thing

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Igniting sleeping brains

by Carol JC Anderson

We just got back from Ireland. 

I used to sing  ‘Over in Kilarney’ to my little people

My imagined ‘Ireland’ has now blurred into the ‘Real’ Ireland

I have to admit that Ireland is a storybook in real life

I am having a difficult time remembering what I pictured when I sang little people to sleep.  My new ‘visual’ is almost as unreal but has slipped in and become the mental picture.   Patchwork fields covering mountain sides.  Sheep everywhere!!

And this is my point today.

You can never unlearn what you learn. 

It becomes a part of you.

It is not only difficult to remember what wasn’t there just days before,

it is impossible.

It has become a structural part of  your thinking.

That’s called ‘assimilation’ .

Before really learning something, you’ve simply ‘accommodated’ the information

(you stuck it in here and there where there was room)

But then….

once the info is in there,

and extraneous information like duplicates or what doesn’t fit with a personal world view is discarded, we need to

Make it ‘ ours’…ergo assimilation.

We are an information society but at some point:

STOP, DIG AND RUN

 Most adults have so much on their plates that even to stop is too much to ask.

But there is something called ‘flow’ that is worth stopping, digging and running to create.

Sometimes life gets in the way.

Other times we don’t think we can achieve it

Most of us have our finger in an emotional dyke holding back

unresolved issues

that continually validate

‘limiting beliefs’ .

(chew on that for a while..its powerful)

Denial that there is even something holding us back is, in itself,

guzzling your ‘will-power gas’ and stopping

flow before it happens.

  1. Make a plan. (no one wants to do this simple thing)

They always point to their head and say:  ‘its up here’.

That’s not good enough.
Put it down there!

on the paper, in your phone, on your computer.

2. Chip away with one positive action at a time.

3. Set a goal.

I have to say that if someone wants to start violin lessons with me, they are usually down the path toward the goal already. It’s when the reality of what it takes to reach the goal meshes with the  ‘fires of life’ already in place…..that the task seems insurmountable.  So we have to clear a path to achieve the desired goal of learning an instrument.

Having a clear path…uncluttered…is essential for ‘flow’.

I had a little guy who was learning “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” stand around practicing the tune long after I had the endurance or desire to keep going. He was saying, “I could do this all night!”as he moved from room to room. That was a ‘kid rendition’ of  ‘flow’.

To establish ‘flow’ you don’t have to have ‘arrived’ already.

You simply need to surrender to the moment.

I’m sorry….did you read that?

You were probably listening to a podcast while you were reading.

Stop and think about this for a second.

You need to surrender to the moment.

Just do one thing at a time and be there.  That’s so important in many ways.  Did you know that parents who are at their kid’s baseball games cheering them on or at their concerts taking pictures but who won’t sit down at home and play a game of ‘UNO’ or listen to their never-ending description of a story they are writing actually can be at fault for creating ‘narcissistic’ kids who become narcissistic adults?  OK too much. That can be for later.

Remember:

What is flow?

-sustained concentration on the task at hand.
(oh you mean no multitasking?….)

-accepting the results and working with them…

-simply enjoying the process of improvement.

-forgetting about your needs or even time,  and focusing on the activity or project or trip you are taking, or something you are creating.

-clarity of almost being one with the moment without extra clutter in our thinking.

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Our lives are made up of moments linked together.

Moments are the ‘bytes’ of our entire lives

Life doesn’t start once the tasks are completed.

Make this year one when you

Make the most of your moments.

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I feel Happy, I feel Healthy, I feel Terrific!

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How we are wired

I feel Happy,

I feel Healthy,

 I feel Terrific!!

 

I’d like to digress this week from the layers of our learning that seem to be programmed into us, and discuss a layer that is under our control.

It is something that we can be taught; something that can be modeled.   When modeled, there is a greater probability that the ‘choice’ will sway one way or another.

What I am referring to is the choice of ‘attitude’. When you wake in the morning, do you automatically plan to have a good attitude?

When I was younger, I listened to a motivational speaker who encouraged his listeners to get up in the morning, look in the mirror, and say, “I feel healthy, I feel happy, I feel terrific.”..until they did. I used this technique with my own little children.

I have to laugh now at a memory of the sight of ‘itty bitty’ little people, standing on their stools, looking into the mirror with precious little jibber jabber voices saying some semblance of the phrases. I hope I’m not alone in my ‘hippy’-like, fanaticism for excellence. I was determined that a bad manipulative attitude wouldn’t control our home. This was a challenge for the moment and a gift for the future.

In rare moments of final exasperation, I’d pick up a snarling little person, open the front door and set them gently just outside on the porch. I’d tell them they could have their bad attitude as long as they wanted but they would simply have to have it outside our home. The door stayed open, Mom, slinking with watchful eye somewhere out of sight. They could come back in whenever they were willing to make the choice to control their attitudes. They didn’t stay outside long.

I think this set the groundwork for the next few years. We didn’t go through the usual teenage horror stories. I really enjoyed every stage. They learned early the technique and gift of intrinsic discipline. I know that some of you might find this an appalling parenting style, but you know, it worked. Their generosity and ability to ride above life situations now that they are adults, is admirable. They pick their battles and have learned to skirt the ‘fires of life’ to accomplish the big goals.

Why do I tell you this? I think one of the important daily decisions that flavors our learning styles and enhances every thought, lesson learned or action is influenced by our attitude. It is almost an ‘oh dah’ statement I know but one that makes you feel enlightened when you grasp the concept. The surprising ‘ah ha moment’ of all this is that our attitudes are under our control, not our hormones, the stars or full moon – no blame-shifting works for long.

It is our choice to dissect each situation, searching out the ‘win win’ that is hidden somewhere within.

If we approach life from a negative perspective – life is a series of losing situations.

We only win when we handle them correctly.

The key is that we choose how we will begin the process

Children need to be made aware of this. Adults need to be reminded or relearn. I’m in the process along with everyone.

No matter our learning style, the choice to layer it with an attitude that welcomes change and challenge is something we are taught.  It  is modeled by teachers and family members alike. If the models haven’t mastered it yet, then those learning from them are handicapped from the start.

I find myself clapping and verbally praising nearly everything my students or grandchildren attempt, as long as they do it with a willing attitude. If they are not doing well, I withhold that praise and ask if I can suggest one thing they can focus on as they play it again. If the big goal is too big, I back off and suggest a doable task and then praise.

We are all challenged to

respond and not reflect

when we deal with the needs of the manipulative child, or are humbled by our impotence when we are forced to be the observer for the emotional suicide of teens – (I’m seeing a lot of this lately – they aren’t simply ‘cutting their legs off at the knees’ so they can’t run like we used to. Today’s teens and twenties are actually slowly dissolving who they are away.  Some are bossy loud and verbal on the outside but are empty inside, simply reflecting a group mentality or some piece of what they have learned in school.  Some want to be invisible) .

Here is something you can do to impact your  own your kids. This should promote actual success and excellence. When my students prepare for a concert, a week or so before the concert we have a group lesson.  I hand out forms and pencils for the members of the group to use for critiquing. Each form has a series of boxes with one very simplistic goal that should have been accomplished before a solo is played. : thumb bent, pinkie curved, etc. Each student takes their turn playing their music. While the soloist is playing for the group members, the students take notes, checking off the boxes that are appropriate.

Once the solo is completed, we clap, not to give undeserved praise but in recognition of the attempt, the willing attitude, appreciation on our part for their ‘gift’ of music. In return, they bow either internally or aloud saying, ‘my pleasure’,  to thank the listeners for the privilege of playing for them. At this point, each student takes a turn suggesting one thing they noticed that the soloist did well and one suggestion for improvement. (the whole time, the soloist is standing in rest position accepting the critiques – interacting.) I’m impressed with these students because the critiquing is done with great respect and more than that, amazing insight. They are struggling with the same issues and can give pointers. Even the Twinklers do this. Once they’ve been critiqued, they can try again and then receive solid praise that they ‘believe’.

Kids aren’t buying this praise for a ‘bow’ for long. Praise has to be attached to something they think they have done well. Otherwise, it is ignored.  This goes for our lame attempts at showing sincere love and appreciation too.   If the child doesn’t believe you love them, shown to them through your actions, your words don’t get heard.  Some studies have actually shown that parents who are cheering at games and concerts but won’t take the time to sit down and just play a board game at home actually can be responsible for their child developing a ‘me first’ mentality sometimes defined as ‘narcissistic personality.  That is a heavy weight to carry but it is important to know the details so you can make a decision about your priorities.  Studies have also shown that even the most popular kid in school doesn’t believe he has any friends. They see things through a childish lens, one that is only as refined as their years of experience.

It’s easy for adults to accept the limited understanding of a four-year-old, but hard to remember that a child’s mind is not completely developed until about 19.   At 15 years old, the processing of what the teen sees occurs in different parts of the brain than it does in older teens and adults. Their thinking is gray, no black or white despite the years of pounding your mores into their heads.  They look like adults.  They use language with the skill of adults. But they are not adults. Their brain development starts in the back of the head and moves forward.  It hasn’t really developed the frontal cortex yet which is where mature behavior is based.  As of today, (stay tuned….every fact seems to have its day)  they say the male brain isn’t fully developed until 25 and a woman at 21.  This part of the brain controls emotional expression.  It is actually like the control panel.  Protect them. Mentor them.

If you’d like to encourage your students with genuine praise, create a checklist to direct their critiquing. Learning violin or any instrument takes similar paths. Break the bigger picture down into a smaller task. Don’t put great position for a topic to be checked off. Have, thumb bent, foot forward, weight on proper foot, elbow moving as they move to lower strings. This makes them fine tune their eyes to see what is actually composing a great position..

Negativism is contagious. Surround your kids and students with positive people who aren’t living in a fairytale land but who have done the work to understand why they aren’t negative. Remember: Studies show that families who are financially stable give praise vs. rebuke at a different ratio than those who are struggling. It declines as does the household security from 6 praises to 1 rebuke down to 1 or 2 praises for every 5 or 6 rebukes.

Kids need affirmation. Whether you are a parent or teacher or relative, you can up the ratio on the praise side with honest heartfelt praise. Find something true to praise. Learning an instrument is a perfect way to provide an intrinsic understanding of excellence whether you are 3 years old or 93. It’s a perfect way to add affirmations in a child’s day, or anyone’s for that matter.

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Carol JC Anderson

 

 

Gum Drop Note Sheet Music

Circles are the color the note is moving toward.  Subtly the student is learning complex music theory without knowing it.  When they play the music theory games, it stamps the ideas and embeds them into their thinking.  Try them.

Remember:  a note that is sharp or flat is notated with a circle the color of the note it is moving toward.  Just a little help while we are learning.

 

 

The Brain and how we process information

Tools to teach

Violin Sheet Music – Paperbacks

Book One

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

Tools to teach

Violin Sheet Music – Paperbacks

Pre-twinkle books

   tutorial videos on computer and iPhone/iPad

and music theory games

digital books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book One

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

 

Violin  Book

two

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

Violin  Book three

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

Violin Great Extra

Books

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

 

 

 

Bass Clef Piano or Cello Note Locator (Sight-reading Music)carolanderson@scalesarentjustafishthing.com

 

 

The ’10 Minute Music Theory Card Games’ ™ is a year long series of card games intended to be played at the end of each lesson.  This slowly builds understanding from the simplest concept until it is intrinsically understood. Students want to come to lessons because they are motivated and excited about learning.  Their progress is solid and steady.  They understand intervals and otherwise difficult music theory concepts by playing games until they are at lightning speed.  All games include ‘clue cards‘ with all the answers ‘nurture don’t test’.

‘The Magnificent Fingerboard ™’  is the basis for reference.  Students become familiar with the notes and the patterns. Combined with listening to the music, the understanding of the notes and their relationship to the notes around them, is a great musical foundation.

Ten Minute Music Theory

Card Games Series

 

 

 

The new book ‘How We Are Wired – Let’s Talk” will be available next week on Kindle and in paperback on Amazon.

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3 Steps: Make a dream a vision and then a reality

We just got back from

vacation in Maine. 

One afternoon we all ran to the

dock overlooking the lake,

standing in awe.

  I just had to share this with you.

Amazing fingerprint of God

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Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing™

With the start of a new school year, we all have ‘plans’ for making this a great year.

On the other hand, some of us want to loose weight or buy a house or take a trip

We don’t have a do-over.  This is it.

 

Here are my thoughts on what it takes to make

 

A Dream become a Vision

and then a Reality

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It all starts with YOU

When you  activate the DREAM

 

Here’s how in 3 basic steps

Step 1: –  The Dream

(outside of your control)

Explore

the possibilities

and define your goal –

think outside your boundaries

Include what is outside of your control because ‘DREAMS’, by definition, are something that is …..out there…..

 You can’t change what you can’t accept needs to be changed

so sit back

Decide if you are willing to accept your life the way it is.

If not, then just take a chance.

Creating a dream does not come with a consequence,

you can cancel it at any time.

Ok, so there is one consequence and that is

the loss of ‘hope’

and truthfully,

that is a greater loss than not having a ‘dream’ at all.

Re-frame  your thinking

Try to

SEE  the end results of your goal

Here’s how

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Your eye can’t see

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It’s true

Your eye only

lets in the light

 

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Try this

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Look at this picture

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Build Creative Confidence

Step 2: Creating the Vision –

(under your control)

Without a plan the dream remains a dream.

You stay busy putting out the

‘fires’ of daily life,

never giving ‘life’ to the dream

 

Make a plan.

It is a journey.

Try to think like a GPS

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include 3 alternative paths to your ‘dream’

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The highway

(the easiest path to your goal)

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the train

(just in case something big blocks your path)

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bike path

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(wild card)

serendipity

keep your peripheral vision working just in case something wonderful shows up

I call this ‘planned spontaneity’

Without an alternative route, you might get stuck at a dead end.

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Building blocks for creating a VISION

1- What can I do TODAY

to move me toward the goal?

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2- What can I do TOMORROW

to move me toward the goal?

3- What can I do THIS WEEK

to move me toward the goal?

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conquer challenges in baby steps

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Start with the beginner’s mind.

Forget your limitations.

Write everything down…then organize it

Moving out of  your comfort zone and toward your ‘dream’  is not a spectator sport

You need to ‘activate’ the process with a written plan

Step 3 – R E A L I T Y

WHY?

This is the most important step

‘why’

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No matter how old you are,

If you don’t have a big enough

‘why’ you will never

commit for long

Don’t search for defining moments.

Each choice you make defines you.

Set your vision, set your standards, set your environment,

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Find your ‘why’ for accomplishing your dream

by giving your gift to others.

When you activate your dream by offering it to others you will either

ignite the sleeping giant within you and

fuel the flames of your true ‘dream’

or it will totally zap your energy and willpower

If your dream is to become a soloist.

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even if you only teach a friend

or your mom!!

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Be sure to have a

1. well-defined goal

make it

Crystal Clear!!

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2. Write a Plan ….

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3. More than anything,

be sure to have a

‘WHY’

why

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Christmas in  September

Get Ready

Start Practicing now!

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So you can be prepared for

December concerts and Christmas Caroling in front of a fire with hot chocolate.

Make this one of your dreams

that turn into a vision

and then into a reality.

I will help.

Its all free and paced with one song a week.

Each week you will be sent another Christmas song with sheet music and play-along music in Gum Drop Notes, Black notes with note names and Black notes without note names.

Simply add one song a week and you will be ready when the Holidays arrive

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Christmas Sheet Music

Start now and be ready when the time comes.

One song available each week.

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Yummy Gum Drop Notes teaching Music theory while having fun.

A=Red, B=Purple, C=Brown, D=Gray, E=Blue, F=Orange, G=Green
Sharps and flats are circled by the note they are moving toward.   Violinists…stems are the color of the string the note is played on.
Learn Music Theory as you have a Yummy Time

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Christmas Sheet Music

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Violin Sheet Music

Christmas Melody and Harmony Books for violin, mandolin and harp.

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Sharps and flats are circled by the note they are moving toward.

Violinists…stems are the color of the string the note is played on.
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Have fun!

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Claiming that the Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing method works like magic might be a stretch but have you ever seen a small child sight-read Book three Suzuki music?

Two-year old students leave after one or two lessons reading rhythms and understanding where they are played on their instruments.   I have seen it happen multiple times!

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Digital and Zip File

Downloads to print

for your own use.

Students of music need to be aware of what is going on around them.

The games  require the student to multi-focus on what they are doing as well as what others are doing.

A little competition adds to the fun.

Print the cards and make multiple games.

Laminate them.

(not for resale – thanks)

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zip file of all 11 symbols music theory card games

Awareness of beat

Awareness of shapes

Cover the Boards

Notes with notes

Rest with Rest

Symbols with rests

Symbols with Names

Musical Symbols Tic Tac Toe Bingo

Hierarchy of Notes

Morse Code for Musicians

Sequence

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A massive zip file of 12 music theory games and files relating to the musical symbols. This is month one (plus) of templates to create 'Ten Minute Music Theory Games'. Symbols with Symbols template, Symbols with Rests template, Symbols with Names, Study Cards, Sequence, Rests with Rests, Morse code, Key Cards, Hierarchy of Notes, Cover the Boards, Folksey Fingers, Bingo, Teacher Manual Awareness of Symbols, Awareness of Beat. Not for resale. Use for your own personal use and to teach students. Thanks

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The games are digital downloads, print a sheet for your students to take home.  Make a number of cards for a group lesson

Digital Download Violin (1st position and game)

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1st Position Violin Teacher Manual and Games Digital
Digital Download: The 'First Position Violin Game' is a foundational game for teaching a violin student the structure of the fingerboard and to prepare them for learning music theory. Included is the 1st position fingerboard reproducible, 1st position teacher manual with large 'bits' of information about each note on the fingerboard, and the '1st Position Game'. Be sure to scroll along the bottom of the digital books, there are six.

(no mass production, no free downloads or resale please – thanks)

Any questions: carolanderson@scalesarentjustafishthing.com

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Get your games NOW!

It has taken many years of studying learning styles,  how the brain works and music theory to come out on the other side with the “Ten Minute Music theory games” and “The Gum Drop Note Sheet Music and play-alongs”.

If you stick with me through this free ‘Super hero newsletter’ series, I think you might become, if nothing else, more sensitive to the fact that other people do not process information the way you think they do…or should.

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Begin to sight-read music

while having a yummy time 🙂

Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing™

 

 

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How we are wired

Scales  Aren’t Just a Fish Thing

Igniting sleeping brains

by Carol JC Anderson

A concept connecting how we learn

and our how our brains process information with the study of music,

 

The complex wiring of the brain

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One of the first things I do when I am asked to work with someone is to give them a piece of paper.

I ask – “how would you tell me to get to your house”?

They have to use the pen and paper.. no additional instructions – no questions.

In one minute the tale is told.

I have all I need to know.

If they begin to write the directions ….

go to the end of the street and turn right,

I know this person needs to only know what they need for the moment and no more.

If they draw a map,

then they need to know where the lessons are headed.

What’s the point?

How they get there isn’t the problem,

they’ll figure that out along the way.

They simply want to know the intended destination.

These are the students with whom you need to play

‘the truck’ when teaching..

(if you don’t know what I mean…click the picture)

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(Those who wrote the instructions)

The ….’go to the end of the lane’….students

need you to play the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ investigator.

With flashlight in hand, walk them down the gravel road to show them that it is safe out there beyond the end of the lane.

Walk with them…model what is expected.

Simplify the instructions.

They need a safety net.

They aren’t more or less intelligent….just wired differently.

And good for them….

they basically run the world

(and the classrooms and libraries)

The map people, change the world.

I would teach the map (big picture) student

totally differently than the

sequential – ‘go to the end of the lane’ – student

  • The global learner likes to learn fast.
  • They get chunks of a picture and put it together automatically once the chunks are completed.
  • They probably couldn’t tell you how they came to their conclusions, but they usually are accurate and connected to the complete picture.

They get it!

I’d even go out on a limb here and say that these students will be very passionate with everything.

They will be the one who improvises with ease and appears to have the greater talent.

Unfortunately, they will also be the student who ‘gets bored’ and gives their parents a very difficult time about practicing, or anything structured.

If they are good at it, they will throw manipulative tantrums that label each grey hair on their parent’s head with their name.

They will try to quit at each challenge point

or say, let’s play cello today, or can we play games?

 

They are fast. They don’t want to slow down.

Somehow they can play it, ………..almost magically

but….wait one second…

not so fast ‘Sparky’.

This manic brain action is only short lived.

Along with this amazing gift of seeing the big picture

comes a fatal flaw that if not addressed early will steal all the joy of learning quickly.

Patience to take care of the little things – the details – is nearly totally missing.

To complete a project from start to finish requires structure and that is something the global thinker lacks,,….at least in the traditional way.

They are often sloppy – lacking detail and technique. Their goal is to get through the job and finish it and go onto the next new adventure.

They are fun to teach because they really teach themselves.  They want to play. They want to gather and learn. Their natural laziness is transformed into a manic state of ‘becoming’.

This is why it is so critical that the connection between the teacher, parent and student is developed and cherished. The wrong teacher/student match can create a student who looks for the ‘reward’ in a rush somewhere else. I could list a few world leaders with this type of learning personality.  And, unfortunately, we would probably find a majority of this type of thinker in jail.  If there isn’t a strong leader to help guide this student, they will find their ‘rush’   in the wrong places.

Not to scare you, but this one is a challenge and a pleasure at the same time.

 This is directed to teaching musical instruments

but the concepts can be used to teach just about anything.

How to teach the student

or parent who drew the map

Draws Maps – Big Picture

 

  • When preparing to teach a new song, play the entire piece for them with no explanation.
  • Break the piece into large chunks with a beginning and end to each section.
  • Give workbook pages of the entire ‘chunk’ to color in order to slow them down a bit.
  • Have them play-along with the music, slowing it down so they can keep up.
  • These students need closure. They need completion – often.
  • They multi-task.
  • I doubt they care about praise.
  • They like to see something completed – fast
  • If you are one step ahead of them in the way you inform yet deprive the information and present it in chunks, they will overcome their innate weakness of not being polished simply for the ‘reward’ of accomplishment.

 

 

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How to teach the student or parent

who wrote the directions

  • When preparing to teach a new song, talk about the background of the song, the composer, the structure.
  • Break the piece into an outline form with the student. Let them listen to the repeated parts.
  • Give workbook and assign only what they can do in a week – too much information drowns them.
  • Be sure to have explicit written instructions for what they are to do.  Assign a certain number of times for them to listen to the song. (sometimes I tell them to just listen to the part of the song they are learning 10 times.)
  • These students sometimes have the competitive edge to them.
  • They don’t like to multi-task. Mono-focused is the word of the day here.
  • They like praise. Lots of encouragement – certainly not in a proud way. It is just part of the motivation they need.
  • This learning personality is slow and steady. And yes, they usually win the race. Why? because they don’t overdo it…..Ever……The global student is the ‘mouthful and can’t chew it all’ kid.   The sequential student is the ‘one coin in the offering plate at a time’ kid.

To ensure acceptance when doing what is required in life – the sequential or ‘go to the end of the lane’ student will ‘learn’ to do things both ways and cover our bases.

The sequential student needs direction.  Certainly not to say that they become dependent people. This is all just part of the beauty of who these learners are.

If you send them to the store with a shopping list and although they need milk it isn’t on the list, they will add ‘milk’ to the list so they can cross it off.

They like order.  Today’s minimalistic mentality is their ‘cup of tea’.

In the end, the sequential learner won’t have the whole idea of the ‘big picture’ as clearly as the global student, but they are the teachers among us. They are the musicians who make it to the seats in large orchestras.

They are perfectly wired to learn in our educational system.

The sequential kids are often overlooked because they appear to have it all together.

They get good grades, hardly study,  only try one thing at a time and aren’t in need of a rush.

Then it hits. Mr. Roger’s way of ‘one thing at a time’ no longer is tolerated by society. They are required to do more.

Slow and steady means late nights.

These students will practice. They might not have passion in their style without you as a mentor and role model, but they practice. They would easily fall into the adult idea of ‘status quo’ if not taught early enough how to establish long term goals.

These students are often technically accurate. Meticulous about the notes and phrasing. It is your job to bring them further and help them to

  • ‘sing in the rain’
  • ‘dance in the sun’
  • ‘take it easy’
  • ‘fill life’s plate and allow the food to become a little mixed.’

Of course, not everyone who wants to be told what to do next only after they have reached the initial destination will identify with every quality written here. But, I have to tell you, they would if it weren’t for the people who have been in their lives. Good mentors… parents who gave them more attention – teachers who didn’t settle for what appeared to be good.

 

 

As a teacher or parent,

refuse good,

don’t settle for better,

demand the best

for your students.

Make the world a better place

one little finger at a time!

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Let’s take a quick look at how differently we are all wired.

In the 8O’s, it was a big thing to discuss the right brain and the left brain.

It still has validity and is a big part of the puzzle but isn’t the end all.

I have a theory that explains this right or left brain activity

It has to do with the speed at which our brain functions.

Beta, Alpha and Theta speeds.

Left, Right (half asleep)

Could it be as simple as that?

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Disclaimer,

I am nobody and know nothing.

This is informed opinion.

This program may not work for everyone.

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The process will take 7 weeks.

I must say,

that despite the research I’ve done

and the knowledge that I’ve acquired,

I still,

at times,

find myself in a room waiting for the ‘tape to go around’

so that I will remember why I’m standing there with something in my hand.

That’s normal – not early onset anything.

Thinking it is some sort of red flag will only exacerbate the anxiety or exhaustion

or the reason why you are on autopilot.

Let’s rewind for one second before I tell you the first exercise to increase the speed of your brain.

In the next post we will start the seven week program to speed up your brain.

Don’t miss it.  It could change your life.

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This will be a multi-week post adding one little activity at a time to what you are already doing.

It will only and must only take 10 minutes a day.

Your brain will continue to exercise even after you are done.

 

I have written music books that are color coded and music theory card games to help make complex concepts understandable.

Please check them out.

 

Teaching Tools including color-coded notes for all the Suzuki literature through Book 4 plus lots gypsy, fiddle and canons. Play-along music and music theory card games to maintain interest.

Gum Drop Note Sheet Music

Circles are the color the note is moving toward.  Subtly the student is learning complex music theory without knowing it.  When they play the music theory games, it stamps the ideas and embeds them into their thinking.  Try them.

Remember:  a note that is sharp or flat is notated with a circle the color of the note it is moving toward.  Just a little help while we are learning.

 

 

The Brain and how we process information

Tools to teach

Violin Sheet Music – Paperbacks

Book One

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

Tools to teach

Violin Sheet Music – Paperbacks

Pretwinkle books

   tutorial videos on computer and iPhone/iPad

and music theory games

digital books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book One

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

 

Violin  Book

two

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

Violin  Book three

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

Violin Great Extra

Books

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

 

 

 

Bass Clef Piano or Cello Note Locator (Sight-reading Music)carolanderson@scalesarentjustafishthing.com

 

 

The ’10 Minute Music Theory Card Games’ ™ is a year long series of card games intended to be played at the end of each lesson.  This slowly builds understanding from the simplest concept until it is intrinsically understood. Students want to come to lessons because they are motivated and excited about learning.  Their progress is solid and steady.  They understand intervals and otherwise difficult music theory concepts by playing games until they are at lightning speed.  All games include ‘clue cards‘ with all the answers ‘nurture don’t test’.

‘The Magnificent Fingerboard ™’  is the basis for reference.  Students become familiar with the notes and the patterns. Combined with listening to the music, the understanding of the notes and their relationship to the notes around them, is a great musical foundation.

Ten Minute Music Theory

Card Games Series

 

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Piano – Absolute Beginner

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Let Your Fingers

Do the Walking

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Violin Workshop Sheet Music –

Total Newbies

 

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Let Your Fingers Do the Walking

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Music Theory Card Games

 

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Awesome Challenges

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Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing

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A concept connecting how we learn

and our how our brains process information

with the study of music,

developed for over thirty years

To touch lives with a calm and gentle spirit…

Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing is a  back door method of teaching just about anything

(I am using music and music theory as an example)

We can avoid short circuits and mental roadblocks by working with the unique wiring and learning styles of each individual.

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Igniting sleeping brains –

The Good, Better, and Best of our Character

Undesirable flaws

vs

Desirable qualities

 

We were pulling into our quiet, quaint little lane on our way home when two girls, just out of single digits, were selling lemonade on the sidewalk.  As we turned and continued down our lane, I could hear one of the girls loudly berating us for not stopping.  We parked at our house and got out of the car.   I could still hear her going on about us not stopping.

I grabbed a hand-full of quarters and walked down the lane back to their stand.  One girl saw me and warned the other who was still going on and didn’t appear to have any intention of stopping.

We talked about the purpose for their sale.  I told them I didn’t want any lemonade but wanted to contribute to their cause.

I don’t think I got back to the house before the ‘mouthy’ girl started on another neighbor.  I was shocked that she wouldn’t stop even when she was told, by the adult I might add, that they didn’t want any.  This girl was now in control.  She even had adults scrambling to accommodate her whims.  She was an aggressive bully.  I felt like marching back down the lane and telling her that bullies have their day but that it is a short day, when I remembered one of their fathers loudly yelling at, and following, a number of my students’ cars to my house and letting them know ‘what for’ because they came down the lane past his house a little too fast.

 

Here’s the deal

Almost everything in life has a fake.

Did you ever notice that?

We could make a list that is unending of ‘fakes’.

You’ve got non-poisonous snakes that mimic the coloring of the poisonous – or are the poisonous mimicking the non?

(You remember the saying, ” Red and Yellow kill a fellow, Red and Black friend of Jack”)

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440 hz vs 432 hz

I won’t even go there.

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If we simply sit in the tepid water of letting ‘whatever happens happen’,  the bully’s will be the voice that is heard.

According to some of the ‘fakes’, we all need to

‘drink the lemonade’.

But lets talk about something we actually have control over.

Our own responses and character.
By doing this, we can have a guide for moving those under our mentor-ship  either as students or family, into at least an awareness of what the desirable qualities look like.

Fake character qualities are tough to define in words, but the resultant character, or lack there of, is evident down the road when the individual is confronted with difficult

uncharted paths.

The uncharted path should be feared if we don’t have something internal that puts up red flags.

How do we rescue the young from the fake?

When I went to the library and warned the librarian about a video I took home that was actually boring until ‘hello’….they said this is the way the parents want the kids to learn.

I don’t think so.  I wasn’t warned.

I didn’t even want to put that into my mental storage.

I don’t think parents are so absent that they want a sleazy video to teach what is beautiful.

I like the concept of not letting the young see the counterfeit so that when it shows up they know something is off.

Character does not come with a lightning strike at the appropriate age

it needs to be nurtured.

Here is just a thought.

 Desirable Undesirable and fake
  • 1- Assertiveness
  • 2- Alert
  • 3- Obliging
  • 4- Analytical
  • 5-Visionary
  • 6-Tender-hearted
  • 7-Poised
  • 8-Cooperators
  • 9-Spirit of a hero
  • 10-Innovator
  • 11-Single-minded
  • 12-Diligent
  • 13-Discriminating
  • 14-Disciplined
  • 15-Earnest
  • 16-Efficient
  • 17-Enthusiastic
  • 18-Fair-minded
  • 19-Flexible
  • 20-Forgiving
  • 21-Frank
  • 22-Frugal
  • 23-Generous
  • 24-Grateful
  • 25-Hospitable
  • 26-Humble
  • 27-Full of fidelity
  • 28-Neat + orderly
  • 1-Aggressiveness
  • 2-Distractible
  • 3-Lacking conviction
  • 4-Petty
  • 5–Scheming
  • 6–Gushy, fake
  • 7-Conceited
  • 8-Conspiring
  • 9-Reckless
  • 10-Day dreamer
  • 11-Domineering
  • 12-Overly concerned with detail
  • 13-Critical
  • 14-Rigid
  • 15-Overly serious
  • 16-Impatient
  • 17-Frenzied
  • 18-Judgmental
  • 19-Wishy-washy
  • 20-Condoning
  • 21-Tactless
  • 22-Scrooge
  • 23-Wasteful
  • 24-Indulgent
  • 25-Social-climber
  • 26-Self-abasing
  • 27-Unhealthy attachments
  • 28-Compulsively clean

 

 

 

 

 

The list could go on but you get the picture.

This is the description. The ‘What’:  what is the problem

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Available online for violin (complete series for piano and cello by request)

Teaching Tools including

color-coded notes

for all the Suzuki literature

through Book 4 plus lots

gypsy, fiddle and canons.

Play-along music

and music theory card games

to maintain interest.

Gum Drop Note Sheet Music

Circles are the color the note is moving toward.  Subtly the student is learning complex music theory without knowing it.  When they play the music theory games, it stamps the ideas and embeds them into their thinking.  Try them.

Remember:  a note that is sharp or flat is notated with a circle the color of the note it is moving toward.  Just a little help while we are learning.

 

 

The Brain and how we process information

Tools to teach

Violin Sheet Music – Paperbacks

Book One

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

Tools to teach

Violin Sheet Music –

Paperbacks

Pretwinkle books

   tutorial videos

on computer and

iPhone/iPad

and music theory games

digital books


 

Book One

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

 

Violin  Book two

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

Violin  Book three

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

Violin Great Extra

Books

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

 

 

 

carolanderson@scalesarentjustafishthing.com

 

 

The ’10 Minute Music Theory Card Games’ ™ is a year long series of card games intended to be played at the end of each lesson.  This slowly builds understanding from the simplest concept until it is intrinsically understood. Students want to come to lessons because they are motivated and excited about learning.  Their progress is solid and steady.  They understand intervals and otherwise difficult music theory concepts by playing games until they are at lightning speed.  All games include ‘clue cards‘ with all the answers ‘nurture don’t test’.

‘The Magnificent Fingerboard ™’  is the basis for reference.  Students become familiar with the notes and the patterns. Combined with listening to the music, the understanding of the notes and their relationship to the notes around them, is a great musical foundation.

Ten Minute Music Theory

Card Games Series

 

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Cooperative vs Compliant

Another layer to the ‘selfie-profile’

Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing

A concept connecting how we learn

and our how our brains process information

with the study of music,

developed for over thirty years

To touch lives with a calm and gentle spirit…

Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing is a  back door method of teaching just about anything

(I am using music and music theory as an example)

We can avoid short circuits and mental roadblocks by working with the unique wiring and learning styles of each individual.

Let’s Talk

Igniting sleeping brains –

Being Proactive

Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing

It’s not uncommon to mis-read a child’s responses.

You think…ahh it’s quiet and they didn’t meltdown with what I just ‘suggested’.

Since you aren’t getting negative feedback…you are wearing your

‘life is good’ hat

Hey, I’ve been there.
Peace at nearly any cost.

But,

moments of quiet are sometimes just the ‘stillness’ before…..

well……..

Actually,….I don’t know what.

I’ve been shocked at the new ways
being invented to replace the

‘stillness’.

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The

Compliant and Obedient

child is replaced by a

Passive Resistance

and then

rebellion .

 

In an attempt to live in ‘peace’,

we have sometimes put

blinders on our eyes’ –

 

We are left with dropped jaws
saying
‘what just happened’
or
‘who are you’?

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I used to say my parents’ method of parenting was:
‘closing their eyes
holding their breath
and hoping nothing bad happened.’
and then….
surprise!

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Even as teachers, we mono-focus and direct our energies to the creation of excellence in the music
and hold our breath, close our eyes, and hope
that it extends into other areas of ‘life’.

I’ve met sad and shocked teachers,
slumped down a bit in their chairs at a luncheon,
with a look of
‘why would they quit’?

You’ve sunk hours of mentoring into your most advanced high school student…
definitely not for the pay.
And they come in one day with a parent and say that was going to be their last lesson.

You feel powerless

and truthfully,

of little value.

Don’t they understand how beneficial music lessons are?

Ok, not always the music lessons but the one on one time with someone who cares and listens.

Most coaches and teachers care deeply for their students and what they think

I want the students to come to lessons.

Even if they haven’t practiced,

I basically have one rule for lessons…..

If you haven’t practiced…

come to lessons anyway.

If you are busy….

come to lessons anyway.

 

BUT

‘don’t come if you are sick’.
Period.

One day while I was in another room,
busy gathering stuff for a performance team preparing to play a wedding….
I over-heard one of them say….
‘I’m coming even if I have the flu’.
I just smiled.

Here were high school seniors ready to do the work to play semi-professionally,

Why were they so devoted?

I am not a micro-manager except when it comes to what and how I teach.

I put the pressure on myself.

The student is in charge of their own progress.

They can come as often as they want – if I am teaching and have an empty slot…they simply need to text me and they can fill it.

I use a monthly tuition so if they come once in the month or ten times, the price is the same so they have no one other than themselves to blame if they don’t take me up on it.

Once they leave the studio,

musical skills and technical understanding,

integrity,

honesty,

and a solid and healthy work ethic

are hopefully the byproduct of your time together.

So let’s look at another layer in our ‘selfie-profile’

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Here’s what I think.

All learning comes

based on previous growth,

 

The mind does not grow

like an onion with layers.

It grows by weaving unimaginably complex patterns

that correspond to the multiplicities of their world

and people who make up their world.

 

 

A quiet easy student or child isn’t always better.

Once the child reaches 13 years old, they choose one of two paths.

Compliant or

Cooperative ….maybe. (sometimes misunderstood as resistant)

One is easier but once they reach maturity they say….

“Who am I-  I’ve pleased everyone else but what would I have liked?’

Mom and Dad think they have done a great job and launch the compliant new adult into a world where life requires more than compliance if they don’t want to be eaten by the ‘sharks’.

Resistance and sorting out what they accept as their worldview,

while in the protection of the home,

is actually a bit of a good thing if done with respect for everyone.

Compliant Obedient Child The Responsible, Cooperative Child
  1. Externally motivated. Needs to please and win approval  
  2. Is obedient – follows orders
  3. Feels helplessness without support person
  4. Self esteem is on the ‘reputation’
  5. Waits for orders, lacks initiative
  6. “I am my actions”
  7. Lets others make choices for them leading to consequences
  8. Has difficulty projecting what the result of their behavior may be
  9. External value system
  10. Blindly obeys, possible he may think

  11. Has no internal red flags
  12. Self-defeating tendency to ignore personal needs, ‘walk-on-me’ mentality
  13. Win-lose mentality
  14. No personal achievement goals
  15. Avoids punishment
  16. Self exonerating behavior due to guilt over their desires
  1. Internally motivated by choices and consequences
  2. Makes decisions
  3. Confident, empowered since choices have been confirmed
  4. Self esteem is on the private self
  5. Assertive
  6. “I am responsible for my actions   
  7. Makes own choices and takes responsibility for consequences
  8. Confident to make choices, aware of possible results
  9. Internal value system
  10. Thinks, may possibly obey

  11. Has an established internal siren to establish boundaries
  12. Aware of personal needs has a healthy acceptance of needs
  13. Win-Win mentality
  14. Focused, centered, with a mission
  15. Seeks results
  16. Balance between internal and external needs and desires versus others requests.

Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing

 

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If you have already gone through the 14 week selfie profile, consider a few of the other free opportunities to discover a little more about your unique way of processing information.

Just some extra curriculum to add to your already amazing programs.

Piano – Absolute Beginner

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Let Your Fingers

Do the Walking

Piano

 

 

 

Violin Workshop Sheet Music –

Total Newbies

 

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Let Your Fingers Do the Walking

Violin

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Music Theory Card Games

 

 

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Awesome Challenges

for your fingers –

Violin

 

 

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Join the team –

For teachers interested in

incorporating the

Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing

into their programs

 

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Advanced Violin –

The Flight of the Bumblebee

 

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Cello Absolute Beginner

 

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Let’s Talk 

I have written music books that are color coded and music theory card games to help make complex concepts understandable.

Please check them out.

 

Be sure to get your email on it so you can follow the ‘Scales Aren’t Just a Fish thing’ concept from start to finish.

Teaching Tools including

color-coded notes

for all the Suzuki literature

through Book 4 plus lots

gypsy, fiddle and canons.

Play-along music

and music theory card games

to maintain interest.

Gum Drop Note Sheet Music

Circles are the color the note is moving toward.  Subtly the student is learning complex music theory without knowing it.  When they play the music theory games, it stamps the ideas and embeds them into their thinking.  Try them.

Remember:  a note that is sharp or flat is notated with a circle the color of the note it is moving toward.  Just a little help while we are learning.

 

 

The Brain and how we process information

Tools to teach

Violin Sheet Music – Paperbacks

Book One

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

Tools to teach

Violin Sheet Music – Paperbacks

Pretwinkle books

   tutorial videos on computer and iPhone/iPad

and music theory games

digital books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book One

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

 

Violin  Book

two

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

Violin  Book three

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

Violin Great Extra

Books

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

 

 

 

 

Bass Clef Piano or Cello Note Locator (Sight-reading Music)carolanderson@scalesarentjustafishthing.com

 

 

The ’10 Minute Music Theory Card Games’ ™ is a year long series of card games intended to be played at the end of each lesson.  This slowly builds understanding from the simplest concept until it is intrinsically understood. Students want to come to lessons because they are motivated and excited about learning.  Their progress is solid and steady.  They understand intervals and otherwise difficult music theory concepts by playing games until they are at lightning speed.  All games include ‘clue cards‘ with all the answers ‘nurture don’t test’.

‘The Magnificent Fingerboard ™’  is the basis for reference.  Students become familiar with the notes and the patterns. Combined with listening to the music, the understanding of the notes and their relationship to the notes around them, is a great musical foundation.

Ten Minute Music Theory

Card Games Series

 

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