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How to Compose Music on the Piano

Watch this video of a workshop I did for the Jordan River UMTA (Utah Music Teacher's Association) chapter in Utah. I love doing workshops, masterclasses, and seminars on composing!
 
 
The teachers asked me to present to their local music teacher's chapter on how to compose. They also asked if I would create a template they could use with their piano students to easily teach composition to their beginning to advanced piano students. Click on the image below to download the PDF copy of "How to create a Harmonic Composition" (using chords to compose). This is a FREE PDF anyone may download and make additional copies for anyone else. Please feel free to share this handout with other piano teachers or piano students you know who want to compose music of their own. This is the same PDF I used to teach them at the workshop and you will see me use this in the video above. On one side of the PDF is the explanation and an example I created to teach "how to compose using chords created from the major scale". The other side of the PDF is blank and is to be filled in by the composer (whether you are a piano teacher, piano student, or the next musical genius of our generation!). Have fun composing! 
 
How to compose using chords and chord progressions by Jerald Simon - visit http://musicmotivation.com/resources for more FREE music by Jerald

Sonic Fusion by Jerald Simon

 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "Sonic Fusion" (with minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   Here is my new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" video from my annual subscription (posted on 10.24.2014):
 
 
 
Every Friday I will be coming out with a new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" for piano students and piano teachers. If you know of anyone who would enjoy this or benefit from this (piano teachers, piano students, parents of piano students, etc.), please share this with them. You can learn more about my annual subscription by visiting this link: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription.   Have FUN with this one! - Jerald Simon
 
Check out my piano music books (e.g. Cool Songs for Cool Kids™, Cool Songs that ROCK!™ and many more titles) at this link: http://musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald. You can download all of my books as sample PDF books by clicking on the covers of each book.

Water Boy Blues by Jerald Simon (10.17.2014)

 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "Water Boy Blues" (with minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   Here is my new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" video from my annual subscription (posted on 10.17.2014):
 
 
Every Friday I will be coming out with a new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" for piano students and piano teachers. If you know of anyone who would enjoy this or benefit from this (piano teachers, piano students, parents of piano students, etc.), please share this with them. You can learn more about my annual subscription by visiting this link: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription.   Have FUN with this one! - Jerald Simon
 
Check out my piano music books (e.g. Cool Songs for Cool Kids™, Cool Songs that ROCK!™ and many more titles) at this link: http://musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald. You can download all of my books as sample PDF books by clicking on the covers of each book.

 

Every Action has a Positive or Negative Re-Action!

 
Here is my Monday Motivator™ (Motivation in a Minute™) for the week:
 
Monday Motivator with Piano Music Mentor Jerald Simon - free piano music at http://musicmotivation.com/resources
 
Here is my Piano Art™ for the week:
 
Piano Art with Piano Music Mentor Jerald Simon - free piano music at http://musicmotivation.com/resources
 
For every action there is a positive or negative re-action. That is true, but it is better to act for yourself then being compelled or forced to re-act to a situation (either positive or negative). The one, action, takes initiative and dedication before something, or anything for that matter, happens. The other, re-action, is merely the natural effect which follows the cause. This should compel us to ask ourselves: "What are we causing to happen in our life?, or are we merely reacting and feeling the effects of dissatisfaction and a longing for change." Again, it could be for better or worse. You see, we need to have a cause in order for us to effectively change. That requires action!
 
Look around you - the world is full of re-actors - people who are waiting until someone does something before they will act. These people, unfortunately, do not act for themselves, they re-act to their surroundings and to others. They are being forced to move, compelled to change, and merely go with the flow. This is not altogether a bad thing, in that it forces them to make the necessary changes they desperately need to make. On the positive flip side, there are so many inspiring examples of real life motivational mentors who practice what they preach and make things happen for themselves. They are our examples and help us be more focused, more determined, and committed to setting and achieving our own goals and acting intentionally and purposefully in our own life.
 
Let me share two wonderful quotes from Earl Nightingale from his classic recording titled "The Strangest Secret" (How to live the life you desire): (1) "If someone is working toward a predetermined goal, and knows where he or she is going, that person is a success...Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.", and (2) "Who succeeds? The only person who succeeds is the person who is progressively realizing a worthy ideal. He's the person who says, "I'm going to become this...and then begins to work toward the goal."
 
I love it! Anyone who is deliberately doing something that they have set a goal to do - and are actually doing it - are being successful. Each of us can be successful by pushing ourselves to be better today than we were yesterday, to do more, to learn more, to help those around us be better, and to make a difference in our personal life and in the lives of those around us. It is cause worth changing for and we will be better off because of it. It does require action, but the positive effect far outweighs any negative reaction - whatever it may be! Let us ACT, BE, and DO whatever it takes for us to be successful in everything we do because we are accomplishing what we set out to do. Success is not one dimensional and does not exclude anyone who is actively and intentionally working on a "predetermined goal".
 
What are you personally doing to purposefully and intentionally ACT TODAY? What steps are you taking right now to work "toward a predetermined goal" and do you "know where you are going" today? What can you do to create your own personal success story by "realizing a worthy ideal" and make things happen for yourself? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Have a beautiful day!

Smile all the while and BE HAPPY!

Dracula's Dance by Jerald Simon (10.10.2014)

 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "Dracula's Dance" (with minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   Here is my new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" video from my annual subscription (posted on 10.10.2014):
 
 
Every Friday I will be coming out with a new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" for piano students and piano teachers. If you know of anyone who would enjoy this or benefit from this (piano teachers, piano students, parents of piano students, etc.), please share this with them. You can learn more about my annual subscription by visiting this link: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription.   Have FUN with this one! - Jerald Simon
 
Check out my piano music books (e.g. Cool Songs for Cool Kids™, Cool Songs that ROCK!™ and many more titles) at this link: http://musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald. You can download all of my books as sample PDF books by clicking on the covers of each book.

TAIL SPIN by Jerald Simon - for 10.06.2014

TAIL SPIN by Jerald Simon - (new "Cool Song and Cool Exercise" for the week - 10.06.2014)
 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "TAIL SPIN" (with minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   Here is my new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" video from my annual subscription (posted on 10.06.2014): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqDPEhbM8fE&list=UUh5zf4WEIUj7dOUyWEXBLFQ.    
 
Every Friday I will be coming out with a new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" for piano students and piano teachers. If you know of anyone who would enjoy this or benefit from this (piano teachers, piano students, parents of piano students, etc.), please share this with them. You can learn more about my annual subscription by visiting this link: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription.   Have FUN with this one! - Jerald Simon
 
Check out my piano music books (e.g. Cool Songs for Cool Kids, Cool Songs that ROCK! and many more titles) at this link: http://musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald. You can download all of my books as sample PDF books by clicking on the covers of each book.

A Penny for Your Thoughts...

Here is my Monday Motivator™ (Motivation in a Minute™) for the week:
 
Monday Motivator with Piano Music Mentor Jerald Simon - free piano music at http://musicmotivation.com/resources
 
Here is my Piano Art™ for the week:
 
Piano Art with Piano Music Mentor Jerald Simon - free piano music at http://musicmotivation.com/resources
 
A Penny for your thoughts? Is that all our thoughts are worth? What happens to our thoughts? Have you ever thought about that before? Where do they go when we're finished thinking them? Do they actually go anywhere or amount to anything anyway? These are all very good questions. I don't want to get metaphysical and debate the existence of thoughts as independent entities, which we could, or discuss how thoughts continue to impact us, and others, long after we've thought them, which they do. Instead, I'd like to talk about...READ MORE

POWER PLAY by Jerald Simon - for 09.26.2014

POWER PLAY by Jerald Simon - (new "Cool Song and Cool Exercise" for the week - 09.26.2014)
 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "POWER PLAY" (with minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   Here is my new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" video from my annual subscription (posted on 10.06.2014): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X89jWbqUM_g&index=5&list=UUh5zf4WEIUj7dOUyWEXBLFQ.
 
Every Friday I will be coming out with a new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" for piano students and piano teachers. If you know of anyone who would enjoy this or benefit from this (piano teachers, piano students, parents of piano students, etc.), please share this with them. You can learn more about my annual subscription by visiting this link: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription.   Have FUN with this one! - Jerald Simon
 
Check out my piano music books (e.g. Cool Songs for Cool Kids, Cool Songs that ROCK! and many more titles) at this link: http://musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald. You can download all of my books as sample PDF books by clicking on the covers of each book.

- See more at: http://musicmotivation.com/blog/tail-spin-jerald-simon-10062014#sthash.y...

4 FREE COOL SONGS and Cool Exercise by Jerald

 
First off, I would like to thank everyone for the wonderful feedback I have received this past month (September, 2014) about my new annual subscription of weekly "Cool Songs" and "Cool Exercises". I have been working on this annual subscription for over a year and the idea began about two years ago after so many piano teachers asked me if I would begin to license my music for them to print off for their students. The annual "Platinum Piano Teacher" subscription allows piano teachers to print off legal copies of all of my music books for all of their students during the teachers' annual subscription. I have only had this annual subscription up and running for 1 month now, but so far I have received wonderful feedback and it has been very humbling for me to hear you (piano teachers and parents) speak about how the "Cool Songs" and "Cool Exercises" have motivated your piano students. I have received feedback from piano teachers and piano students all across the USA and also extending to Australia, Canada, South America, Europe (England, Germany, Italy, and France in particular), as well as several piano teachers in Asia and the surrounding countries. THANK YOU for your positive feedback about how the weekly "Cool Songs" and "Cool Exercises" have made such a great impact on your students already and the music and the exercises are getting them excited about practicing/playing the piano. I appreciate the feedback!
 
I have decided to give away the first month to everyone world-wide for FREE (piano teachers who have already signed up for the annual subscription, don't worry - an extra month will be added to your annual subscription and you will continue to receive a new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" every single week for the rest of the year during your subscription - this is solely to introduce other piano teachers and piano students to the annual subscription).
 
In this blog post I have included the entire "Cool Songs" and "Cool Exercises" for the month of September, 2014 (anyone may download these and share these with their piano students and other piano teachers - if you would like to sign up for an annual subscription package, please visit this link to sign up: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription).
 
To download the PDF music below, simple click on the image of the "Cool Song" or "Cool Exercise" and you will be able to download the PDF
 
To download the MP3 music of the "Cool Song" or "Cool Exercise", simply click where it says to download the MP3. You will be taken to a url website link. A rectangular box will be in the center of the page. Hover your mouse over the box and right click. A box will then list options. Click on "Download Video" and you will download the MP3 to your computer. It is the same with all of the MP3s listed below.
 
Here is a picture of how it should look:
Download Jerald's MP3s
 
 

SEPTEMBER 5th, 2014

 
Watch the video of Jerald playing the "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise"
 
 
Click on the image below to download the PDF of "Albert's Adventure" and "Cool Exercise # 2 - from my book 'Cool Songs for Cool Kids' Primer Level):
 
Albert's Adventure by Jerald Simon - learn more about Jerald's Annual Subscription: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscriptionCool Exercise # 2 by Jerald Simon - learn more about Jerald's Annual Subscription: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription
 
 
 
 

SEPTEMBER 12th, 2014

 
Watch the video of Jerald playing the "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise"
 
 
Click on the image below to download the PDF of "When Sharks ATTACK!" and "Cool Exercise # 4 - from my book 'Cool Songs for Cool Kids' Primer Level):
 
When Sharks ATTACK! by Jerald Simon - learn more about Jerald's Annual Subscription: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscriptionCool Exercise # 4 by Jerald Simon - learn more about Jerald's Annual Subscription: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription
 
 
 

SEPTEMBER 19th, 2014

 
Watch the video of Jerald playing the "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise"
 
 
Click on the image below to download the PDF of "Goblin Getaway" and "Cool Exercise # 3 - from my book 'Cool Songs for Cool Kids' Primer Level):
 
Goblin Getaway by Jerald Simon - learn more about Jerald's Annual Subscription: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscriptionCool Exercise # 3 by Jerald Simon - learn more about Jerald's Annual Subscription: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription
 
 
 

SEPTEMBER 26th, 2014

 
Watch the video of Jerald playing the "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise"
 
 
Click on the image below to download the PDF of "Power Play" and "Cool Exercise 09.26.2014l):
 
Power Play by Jerald Simon - learn more about Jerald's Annual Subscription: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscriptionCool Exercise (09.26.14) by Jerald Simon - learn more about Jerald's Annual Subscription: http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription
 
 
 
 
CLICK HERE to learn more about the "Cool Songs and Cool Exercises" annual subscription, or click on the images below to subscribe to any of the subscriptions (the Platinum Piano Student and the Platinum Piano Teacher subscriptions are the best deals by far).
 

See which subscription meets your needs below:

 
Subscribe to Jerald's FREE Piano Subscription and receive 4 FREE cool piano solos and exercises - http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription
(Annual FREE For Everyone Subscription is completely FREE)
 
With this subscription, individual piano students or piano teachers will receive 4 FREE "Cool Songs" and "Cool Exercises" composed by Jerald Simon per year - every year. The new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" will be emailed in September, December, April, and July during the year. They will also be signed up to Jerald's weekly blog and will receive notifications of the FREE Theory Tip Tuesday™ videos shared on Jerald's website (and YouTube page). At any time individual piano students and piano teachers can upgrade their subscription to any of the packages below.
 
 
Subscribe to Jerald's Individual Piano Student Subscription for cool piano solos and exercises - http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription
(Annual Individual Piano Student Subscription price is $29.95)
With this subscription, individual piano students will receive a new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" composed by Jerald Simon every week during their annual subscription (52 cool songs and 52 cool exercises during the year - one of each per week). Each weekly "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" is accompanied by a video where students can learn the piece and the exercise by watching Jerald teach, explain, and perform the original compositions. This is available for individuals (family members who live in the same house only need one subscription).
 
 
Subscribe to Jerald's Platinum Piano Student Subscription for cool piano solos and exercises - http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription
(Annual Platinum Piano Student Subscription price is $49.95) - This is the BEST package by far for individual piano students! - Download all of Jerald's books as sample PDFs below (click on the covers below the Platinum Piano Teachers information below). Every individual piano student who subscribes to the Platinum Piano Student Annual Subscription will receive all of Jerald's books as PDF downloads.
With this subscription, individual piano students will receive everything in the Individual Piano Student subscription as well as access to download all of the music books written by Jerald Simon in PDF format (currently there are 16 books at $4.95 per PDF download which would ordinarily be $80.00 just to download the books from the Music Motivation® Series™). Currently there are over 150 fun, cool piano solos between the 16 books (family members who live in the same house only need one subscription).
 
 
Subscribe to Jerald's Individual Piano Teacher Subscription for cool piano solos and exercises - http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription
(Annual Individual Piano Teacher Subscription price is $59.95) [includes license to reproduce music and exercises for all piano students]

With this subscription, piano teachers and music educators will receive a new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" composed by Jerald Simon every week during their annual subscription (52 cool songs and 52 cool exercises during the year - one of each per week) along with a license to reproduce the music and exercises for all of their piano students (most piano teachers have the parents pay an additional $2.95 fee as an annual repertoire fee - to cover the additional price per studio size). The license allows piano teachers and music educators to legally copy the weekly music and exercises emailed to them each week. This license does not include reproducing the books from the Music Motivation® Series™ (which would require the $90.95 annual subscription - see below for more details). Each weekly "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" is accompanied by a video where students can learn the piece and the exercise by watching Jerald teach, explain, and perform the original compositions.

After you have purchased the Annual Subscription - Individual Piano Teacher package, your email address will be added to our Annual Subscription - Individual Piano Teacher Email List and you will receive a new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" every week from Jerald. Every "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" includes the "minus track" (as an MP3) and also a video of Jerald sharing tips, tricks, and advice on how to play the music.

 
 
Subscribe to Jerald's Platinum Piano Teacher Subscription for cool piano solos and exercises - http://musicmotivation.com/annualsubscription
(Annual Platinum Piano Teacher Subscription price is $90.95) - This is the BEST package by far for teachers! 
[includes license to reproduce music and exercises for all piano students as well as a license to reprint any of the music from any of the books Jerald has written for all piano students in the piano teacher's studio]
For All PIANO TEACHERS/MUSIC EDUCATORS
 
With this subscription, piano teachers and music educators will receive everything in the Individual Piano Teacher/Music Educator subscription, as well as access to download all of the music books written by Jerald Simon in PDF format (currently there are 16 books at $4.95 per PDF download which would ordinarily be $80.00 just to download the books from the Music Motivation® Series™). Currently there are over 150 fun, cool piano solos between the 16 books. This is by far the best deal for piano teachers and their piano students. The piano teachers/music educators receive a license to reproduce the music and exercises for all of their piano students (most piano teachers have the parents pay an additional $2.95-$10.95 fee as an annual repertoire fee - to pay for the music). The license allows piano teachers and music educators to legally copy the weekly music and exercises emailed to them each week. This license includes reproducing all of the books and the music from the Music Motivation® Series™. Piano teachers/Music Educators must maintain their annual subscription to keep their license current and to continue printing the books from the Music Motivation® Series™.
 
The PDF books still have the copyright symbol, but by purchasing this Annual Subscription, you have permission to print/copy all of the music from the books for your piano students in your piano studio.
 
After you have purchased the Annual Subscription - Platinum Piano Teacher package, your email address will be added to our Annual Subscription - Platinum Piano Teacher Email List and you will receive a new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" every week from Jerald. Every "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" includes the "minus track" (as an MP3) and also a video of Jerald sharing tips, tricks, and advice on how to play the music. You license to print off and copy any of the PDF books contained as a bundle in this annual subscription will remain valid for the next year, after which you will need to renew your annual subscription in order to continue printing off and copying the PDF books in this bundle and receive the weekly new "Cool Song and "Cool Exercise" (as well as all future books published by Jerald).
 
These are all sample PDF books. When you purchase either the Platinum Piano Student or Platinum Piano Teacher Annual Subscriptions, you will receive these books as PDFs. Piano Teachers will then be licensed to print off and make copies of any of the pieces from all of the books for their students during their annual subscription. As Jerald comes out with new books, he will automatically add them to the annual subscription and you will receive each of his new books as PDF downloads with a license for your studio. To download these "sample" copies, simply click on the cover of the book below. (You cannot download Sweet Melancholy or Cool Songs that ROCK! book 2 as sample downloads yet, they are new books that Jerald is coming out with this month - Jerald has more books to come in the coming months and as a subscriber to the Platinum Piano Student or Platinum Piano Teacher annual subscription, you will receive the new books as PDF downloads when they are finished each month.
 
Sweet Melancholy by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn moreThe Dawn of a New Age by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn moreCool Songs that ROCK! (book 1) by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn moreCool Songs that ROCK! (book 2) by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn more
Cool Songs for Cool Kids (primer level) by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn moreCool Songs for Cool Kids (volume 1) by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn moreCool Songs for Cool Kids (book 2) by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn moreCool Songs for Cool Kids book 3 by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn more
Triumphant by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn moreSea Fever by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn moreHymns of Exaltation by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn moreAn Introduction to Scales and Modes by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn more
Jazzed about Christmas by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn moreJazzed about 4th of July by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn moreJazzed about Jazz (book 2) by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn moreVariations on Mary Had a Little Lamb by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn more
The Music Motivation Goal Book by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation - visit http://www.musicmotivation.com/musicbooksbyjerald to learn more
 

Jerald's cool, fall "Casual Concert" for his piano students...

I have two concerts per year for my piano students (they are recitals, but I refer to them as concerts and have my piano students do the same). Here is a video of one of my students, Sam, jamming with me during our "Jammin with Jerald" Improv Jam Session at the end of the concert:
 
 

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