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The Music Motivation® Mentorship Map

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The Music Motivation Mentorship Map by Jerald Simon - visit this link to watch videos featuring cool songs by Jerald Simon
This is my Music Motivation® Mentorship Map (for piano students). This is what I give to all of my piano students, and it is only an outline or suggestion. On the left side of this Music Motivation® Mentorship Map it states: "This is only an outline or suggestion - add to it or subtract from it! If you are doing something different all together that works, keep doing it. This is meant to give you ideas and supplement what you're already doing." The repertoire includes my books from my Music Motivation® Series and presents them in sequential order according to difficulty. Click Here to look through all of my books from the Music Motivation® Series.
 
I created this to help me teach piano students and help parents see where I believe the piano students should be at each stage.
 
As you can see, there are three stages or phases. I simply called them: (1) The Apprentice Stage (for first and second year piano students), (2) The Maestro Stage (for second year - fourth year piano students), and (3) The Virtuoso Stage (for third year students and above). All of these stages overlap and some students will be ahead of this schedule or behind it depending on what they do and how quickly they learn and can apply what is taught in each of the stages.
 
I created my book, Essential Piano Exercises, to help piano students learn all of the exercises in this Music Motivation® Mentorship Map. Click on the cover below to download the sample PDF of the book, Essential Piano Exercises. You can CLICK HERE to buy the book (it is spiral bound - you may also buy the PDF download for $4.95 if you prefer, but many students and teachers (most) preferred to purchase the spiral bound book rather than print off 170 pages on their computers at home).
 
Essential Piano Exercises book by Jerald Simon (sample PDF)
Essential Piano Exercises by Jerald Simon
To better help piano teachers, piano students, and parents of piano students effectively learn the music theory and what to do with that knowledge, thus bridging the gap between learning the scales and chords and using them to enhance the music and make music of your own, I will be coming out with fun Theory Tutorial videos (my weekly Theory Tip Tuesday videos), that teach these exercises and what to do with the theory - the practical application of music theory, every week. Each new video will be posted HERE.
 
In these videos there is a side and top view to demonstrate the hand position, fingering, and technique needed to play the scales and chords correctly - in all keys and in all inversions. I don't play through every exercise in every key - the students and teachers have the book for that purpose. What I do is explain what piano students and piano teachers can do with the knowledge they have acquired and how to take their piano playing to the next level. Learning the theory is good - knowing what to do with the theory is the practical application where I demonstrate how to use music theory to arrange, improvise, compose, and create music of your own. The students are not solely taught the theory, which is important, but more important than simply learning the theory is the practical application of "why" we are learning these scales and chords and "what" we can do with them once we have learned them. It is the "hands on" approach to teaching music theory. In addition, I explain the theory in practical and simple terms so that everyone can easily understand and know music theory for what it can do to help them in three primary ways: (1) sight read the piano music better and faster as a result of knowing the scales and chords, (2) take their music playing and music creating to the next level so they can improvise, arrange, and compose music of their own, and (3) ultimately feel comfortable and excited to learn music theory - the "FUN WAY!"

New Heights by Jerald Simon

 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "New Heights" (with the minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   This is my new "Cool Song" video from my annual subscription (posted on 1.23.2015):

What Is Success? by Jerald Simon

Triumphant - Success by Jerald Simon - visit http://musicmotivation.com/blog/what-success-jerald-simon

Here is a poem I wrote, titled; "What Is Success?". It’s from my poetry book, The 'As If' Principle. I think my favorite quote about what success really is, would be a quote from Earl Nightingale, from his popular recording/book titled, “The Strangest Secret”. He said:

“If someone is working toward a predetermined goal, and knows where he or she is going, that person is a success. If they are not doing that, they are failures…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 that goal.”

I hope everyone is doing what they set out to do and facing each challenge that comes their way with a smile and persistent perseverance. Here is the poem I wrote:

What Is Success? by Jerald Simon

“Success is a series of accomplishments,
woven together with work.
Success is the dreamer who does what he loves,
not the slacker who knows how to shirk.

Success is a series of lines,
that wrinkle with the times.
It’s the wisdom of age, the all knowing sage,
who knows where to draw the line.

Success is the servant to the master who knows
the path he will walk each day.
It is given to him who has prepared a plan,
and is already on his way.”

© Copyright Music Motivation®

Read the original post on Jerald's blog at this link: http://musicmotivation.com/blog/aspirations-jerald-simon

Excerpt From:
Jerald Simon - “The "As If" Principle.” available from iBooksAmazon, and other stores.

First and foremost, Jerald is a husband to his beautiful wife, Zanny, and a father to his wonderful children. Jerald Simon is the founder and president of Music Motivation®. He is a composer, author, poet, and Music Mentor™/piano teacher (primarily focusing his piano teaching on music theory, improvisation, composition, and arranging). Jerald loves music, teaching, speaking, performing, playing sports, exercising, reading, writing poetry and self help books, and spending time with his wife, Zanny, and their children. Jerald created musicmotivation.com as a resource for piano teachers, piano students, and parents of piano students. He is the author/poet of "The As If Principle" (motivational poetry), and the book "Perceptions, Parables, and Pointers.” He is also the author of 19 music books from the Music Motivation® Series™ He has also recorded and produced several albums and singles of original music.

Hybrid-Hero by Jerald Simon

 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "Hybrid-Hero" (with the minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   This is my new "Cool Song" video from my annual subscription (posted on 1.16.2015):
 
 
Every Friday I will be coming out with my new "Cool Song" 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 (you cannot download the PDF sheet music or minus track without an annual subscription).   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.

 

Aspirations by Jerald Simon

Motivation in a Minute by Jerald Simon - visit Jerald's blog to read more: http://musicmotivation.com/blog

Here is a poem I wrote titled, Aspirations. It’s from my poetry book, The 'As If' Principle. I thought it was a perfect poem to start the new year off on the right foot, by thinking about what goals we would like to set, and more important - achieve. It’s about knowing what we want to accomplish and why we want to accomplish everything we set out to do. I hope you enjoy it! Please feel free to share the poem if you'd like to.

Aspirations by Jerald Simon

What are your aspirations?
Tell me about your goals.
What are your ambitions?
If you don’t know, no one knows.

Write down what you want to do,
plan out who you’ll be.
Take control then follow through,
and create your own destiny.

What do you want to know?
Who would you like to meet in life?
Where do you want to go?

Will you follow the path that’s been prepared,
or will you follow your heart and soul?

Take a minute and ask yourself,
“is my life complete and whole?”

What more do you need?
What more would you want?
Have you done all you wanted to do?

If not, you can if you think you can!
Dare to dream and then, follow through.”

© Copyright Music Motivation®

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Caricature by Jerald Simon

 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "Caricature" (with the minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   This is my new "Cool Song" video from my annual subscription (posted on 12.19.2014):
 
 
Every Friday I will be coming out with my new "Cool Song" 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 (you cannot download the PDF sheet music or minus track without an annual subscription).   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.

 

SONIC by Jerald Simon

 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "SONIC" (with the minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   This is my new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" video from my annual subscription (posted on 12.12.2014):
 
 
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.

 

Coming Full Circle by Jerald Simon

 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "Coming Full Circle" (with the minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   This is my new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" video from my annual subscription (posted on 12.05.2014):
 
 
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.

 

Starlight Serenade by Jerald Simon

 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "Starlight Serenade" (with the minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   This is my new "Cool Song" and "Cool Exercise" video from my annual subscription (posted on 11.28.2014):
 
 
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.
 

Hill Billy Boogie by Jerald Simon

 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "Hill Billy Boogie!" (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 11.21.2014):
 
 
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.

 

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