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My Muscle Builder Book: Level 3!


I have been so pleased with my students' progress in my other two Muscle Builder Books (and have gotten great feedback from you readers, as well!), and I am so excited to be offering level 3 of the My Muscle Builder Book, available now in The Teaching Studio Store. (If you haven't had the chance to check out Level 1 and Level 2 yet, I recommend it! My students have really excelled in their understanding of chords and scales using these books!)


Book 3 builds on the foundation of successful completion of Books 1 & 2. (So by now, students should know:

how to play all 7 white-key major and minor chords, arpeggios, and 5-finger scales, both hands
how each white-key major chord is spelled by memory
how to listen and identify major vs. minor chords
how to transpose simple songs from one five-finger position to another
the 7 major chord inversions in broken chords (walking up the keys) and block chords, right hand
how to play staccato and legato scales
how to play five-finger scales in opposite motion
how to listen and identify 2nds and 3rds)

In my studio, I have had young students who have taken lessons for about a year, and are in the Faber "My First Piano Adventures" Book C who are totally ready for My Muscle Builders Book 3. They are super confident in playing major white-key chords and arpeggios and are ready to move onto some more techniques!


 Here are some previews of Book 3:

We learn some thumb preparation exercises to get ready to play full scales (one octave, hands alone): 

We learn five full scales (one octave, hands alone):

We do some tonic/dominant chord exercises in 7 major keys:

We review the major chords, this time using an Alberti bass pattern in the left hand: 

...and more!

Like the other two Muscle Builder Books, this includes lots of fun, colorful "picture scales" so even students in lower levels of music-reading will be able to play these, no problem. Each technique is broken down into short and manageable exercises, and there is a place to pass off each individual exercise with a sticker or check mark. I have found that, generally, students can work on and master a couple of exercises per week. Of course, some may go quite a bit faster and some may need more time! 

This book is 28 pages long and is in downloadable e-book format. I recommend printing it in booklet format (double-sided with two pages per sheet - so when you fold it the pages are in the right order!), so check your printer settings before printing! That way it can be folded and stapled into a nice little booklet. I often use small round stickers to pass off exercises, and to place on the circles of the picture scales. The price is $10.00 and it is available to purchase here in this post, or over in The Teaching Studio Store under Teaching Resources For Sale.


And, what's an exciting new teaching resource on The Teaching Studio without a GIVEAWAY to go with it???

I want to give away a Muscle Builder Book to TWO lucky readers! Leave me a comment on this post for an entry into the giveaway! I will give away one copy of My Muscle Builders Book 2, and one copy of My Muscle Builders Book 3! (Remember, Book 1 is available as a FREE download - check it out!) Receive one extra entry by sharing about this giveaway via Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Giveaway ends this Friday, March 8 at 10:00 pm, Central Time. Have a great day!



37 comments:

Danielle Dallas said...

Maybe one of these times I will be the lucky one :). I have used muscle builders book 1 with my students and then used the same concepts to introduce minor five finger patterns. I would love muscle builders 3 because those students are ready for full octave scales. Great work Jenny!

Becky said...

We are starting to teach our girls how to play and this would be so helpful! Off to print book 1 now, would love to win book 2. Thank you!

Stephanie said...

I love this! I hope I win. I have so, so many students who love the visuals of your builder books. The first one was awesome for my beginners. Thank you! steph

Danielle Dallas said...

Do I leave another comment here since I posted the link and glowing review on Facebook? :)

Jennifer said...

I love the look of the Muscle Builder series. They are very student friendly and doesn't make technique look at all scary. I would love to win a copy! :)

Jennifer said...

Just tweeted about this awesome giveaway! :)

Aaron and Emily said...

Still trying to win one of your books...

Heidi said...

this sounds great!

Heidi said...

I also pinned this

Anonymous said...

My young students and I love your first Muscle Builder Books. Book three would be a perfect addition.

Ms. Carmen

Charlotte Hughes said...

Yes please! I've used your Musical Builder Book 1 with some of my young students and we all enjoyed it. :)

imaginationmanor said...

Oh me please! I have bought book two recently and have used book one already. Book 3 would complete it very well. Fingers crossed for me. :0) x

JeremyandElizabeth said...

My students loved using the first Muscle Builders book - we're getting ready to print the 2nd one. I'd love to win book 3 to further their technique!

JeremyandElizabeth said...

pinned it!

lsupernaw said...

I would LOVE to win either book 2 or 3! My students have LOVED book 1! Thanks!

lsupernaw said...

Posted on Facebook, too! :)

Hetty said...

I'd love a copy of these books -- have a number of early level students that would benefit! I also like the visual idea -- great for all kinds of learners.

Anonymous said...

We love 1 and 2 and are so excited about 3! Thank you for taking the time to make these great teaching aids!

whitney p

Beth said...

I'll have to take another look at the first book too!

Beth said...

Pinned too!

Shannon said...

These look wonderful. Will be printing Book 1 to use with my daughters. Thanks for creating these!

Tonya said...

I'm excited to begin using book 1 this week with my students, and I'm very impressed with how you're continuing the series :)

Steve & Bev said...

I guess I never feel lucky because I just always buy your stuff - it's great! After downloading Book 3 I wished that you would have put the left hand fingering on a separate page with a separate keyboard. I would have preferred to just have that many more pages in order for my kids not to be confused by the different fingering!

Tammy said...

I'm excited for this third installment. I've got two students working through book 1 and we all love it! Thanks for you great resources!!

Heidi said...

I love the sneak preview of introducing Alberti Bass w/ the snowmen!

Heidi said...

Just pinned this on Pinterest Piano Teaching Tips & My Wish List:) Now if I can just figure out the word verification on the 1st try...

Angie said...

I have many students in level 1, and a few just moved up to level 2 of this book... I'll definitely be buying level 3 even if I don't win :)

Angie said...

I pinned this to my info board on pinterest. Gotta keep it handy for the future, you know :)

Leia said...

Enter me, please :)

Michelle said...

I LOVE this resource-- it is helping me to feel more confident in teaching these concepts to my students! So excited you are continuing this series!!

michhill@gmail.com

Tonya Dirksen said...

I would love to win book 3! My students are doing great with books 1 and 2! Thank you for writing these books. If I don't win book 3 then I will definitely buy a copy!

Tonya Dirksen said...

Pinned!

Stephanie Pike said...
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Stephanie Pike said...

Thank-you for doing this giveaway! Hopefully it bodes well for me. Fingers crossed!

Cheers,
Stephanie Pike

Christine said...

These look great! Just what I have been looking for.

Susan Seeley said...

Ooooooo...I would love to have this resource! What a great thing to put together. Thanks for your work.

Susan Seeley said...

I pinned about this giveaway.

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