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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.

 

3 Ways to Learn and Grow as a Family

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
 
We all have heard, read, and learned the lessons of "climbing the ladder of success." There are many ladders and each can lead to a different level and type of success. Success is an individual definition and defined differently by every single person. So why do we need to climb a ladder to be successful? Why not climb a tree? Why can't we climb a mountain, building, or rope? And do we really need to climb up to be successful? Metaphorically - YES, realistically - NO. Sometimes taking a step down or backwards does more for our personal, emotional, financial, and spiritual stability and prolonged success than any steps forward ever could. Sometimes it's better to do less at work and spend even more time at home with our family than we usually would. Sometimes climbing that all elusive "ladder of success" brings more failures in our family life than the perceived business success because priorities are misplaced, skewed, warped, become out of line, are twisted, and eventually our lives get turned upside down if we don't put our family first. Don't get me wrong, it is good to want to progress and improve in our careers and to be successful at what we do to earn an income. But what we do to earn an income should not be the ultimate end all - be all definition of who we are and take the place of our responsibility as the father or mother in our home with our family. It is a good thing earn a good income and and we all should want be better and do better in everything we do! The question is where are we going in life and who is going along with us? You see, if we climb a "ladder of success" and improve and change, that is wonderful. But, sadly, many times in focusing too much on progressing in our career or business, we end up spending more and more of our precious time at work and less and less of it with family and loved ones. Sometimes our families get put on the back burner and we focus less on them because we mistakenly think our occupation of what we do for work somehow trumps our role as a father or mother to our children. Sometimes we miss family time and don't seem to have enough time to throw the ball with our children, go to their school activities, because we are away on business trips when we could be away on a trip making memories with our families. Sometimes there is no way around it. But again, we can choose where we spend our time. Before we know it, our children grow up and they are the ones with the busy schedules. I believe we must have balance, but I am for spending more time with my spouse, my family, and creating lasting memories where my wife and children know I was and am present and actively involved in their lives each and every day. We should learn and grow together as families, and that is the ladder of success we can all climb together!​
 
 Here are 3 ideas to help the family climb the ladder of success together:
 
1. Lead by ExampleTeach your family the values you would like them to learn. They need to learn from you - not their school teacher, church leader, or parent of a friend - they need YOU to be their example. It is your privilege and opportunity to teach by example and show them how they should live their life by watching the way you live yours. Everyone does have the ability to choose the kind of life they would like to lead, but as parents, we must teach our children correct principles and values, and then let them decide.
2. Become a goal-oriented family! - Set goals as a family. Have monthly to-do lists, a list of new talents and skills to learn as a family, write down the trips you would like to take as a family, have monthly themes where you study a new topic each month as a family - this is where everyone learns and grows together. The family moves forward together as a family!
3. Have at least 1-2 days per week when the family spends time together and you plan a FUN activity to do together! - It doesn't need to cost anything and can be any activity that brings the family together. In our home, we have family night on Monday evenings and then have what we refer to as "Friday Fun Days", and "Super Saturdays". I personally don't work on Friday or Saturday (I chose not to work on either day so I could spend more time with my family - not everyone will have that option, but even if you work less and make a little less than you'd like to, the time you spend with your family will be worth so much more than any monetary gain that could take its place). I think we all should put the family first in everything we do!
 
What are you personally doing to lead by example, a good example, of course, TODAY? What steps are you taking right now to become a goal-oriented family, today? Do you know what your own goals are? Do you have any goals and do you work on achieving them and setting new goals for yourself? Do you know what goals your spouse has? What goals do your children have and what would they like to learn and accomplish this month?, this week?, today? What can you do today to help your family spend more time together starting right now? Are you putting your family first in everything you do? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Have a beautiful day!

Smile all the while and BE HAPPY!

Jazzin' it Up! by Jerald Simon

 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "Jazzin' it Up!" (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 11.14.2014):
 
 
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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5 Steps to make the most of each day!

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
 
Good days, bad days, and days that just won't go away! We all have them - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some days are better than others. And, unfortunately, some are worse - much worse. In life, there are times when, despite our best efforts, we have terrible times. Bad things do happen to good people and we can't pretend they don't. With that being said, there are some things we can do to prepare ourselves physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally for tough times and to help us make the most of each day.
 
Some people say we live in uncertain times and that is certainly true. No one knows what tomorrow will bring. In truth, no one knows what today will bring. We can look at the past and amuse ourselves, feel remorse, guilt, and frustration at the mistakes, sorrows, and problems of the past, but the present is where we must live, today - RIGHT NOW. And sadly, despite our best efforts and intents, things don't always go the way we want them to and in fact, oftentimes they end up being much worse than we could have imagined. Should we treat these days differently, the good days, the bad days, and the days we can't wait to put behind us? Each day must be given our full attention. If the days are jam-packed with problems, then we must put on our best problem solving hats and come up with solutions - whether we like them or not, that fix or begin the process of fixing our present problems.
 
Here are five steps we can take to make the most of each day starting today:
 
1. PRAY - whether you are religious or not, a prayer is hope for a better today, a brighter tomorrow, and a better life.
2. Create a daily game plan so you are prepared to face the day. Know what you want to accomplish, where you are going, and what your purpose and goals are for each day. If you don't know where you are going today, you will never get there.
3. ALWAYS BE PRESENT - Don't waste away today (your present) by worrying about tomorrow or fretting about yesterday!
4. Give each day your full attention! - Especially the little things. Everything matters because everything is important.
5. Focus on the most urgent/pressing problems and fix those first. Every day has issues and problems. Start with the most pressing problems, get those resolved or moving in the right direction, and then move on to the next tasks to tackle. One at a time. Don't ever pile your plate full of all of your problems. If you do, then you'll not only eat the worst and most disgusting meal of your life, it will leave a bitter taste in your mouth for every sweet experience placed before you down the road.
 
Now in truth, this order could be arranged in any order you prefer. For myself, I listed prayer as the first step because I believe I need to start and end my day with prayer to get me going in the right direction. Some may refer to this as meditation, connecting with the universe, being optimistic, hopeful, positive, etc. For me, prayer puts me on the correct path to be prepared to face the challenges of each day. You can watch this video I created below of me playing an arrangement I created of a hymn: "Did You Think to Pray" (this is just a piano instrumental with beautiful images meant to inspire and encourage everyone to see the good in the world around them).
 
DID YOU THINK TO PRAY (arranged by Jerald Simon)
 
 
What are you personally doing to make the most of each day TODAY? What steps are you taking right now to create your own game plan, be present, attentive, and completely focused on the issues you face today? What can you do today to help others around you see the good in each day, be ready for the bad times when they come - as they will for everyone, and try to eliminate any ugly pessimism of the past or unproductive dreaming of the future they (and we) may have? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Have a beautiful day!

Smile all the while and BE HAPPY!

 

Eastern Eclipse by Jerald Simon

 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "Eastern Eclipse" (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 11.07.2014):
 
 
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.

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

Ghosts & Goblins & Freaks & Ghouls by Jerald Simon

 
 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "Ghosts & Goblins & Freaks & Ghouls" (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 10.31.2014):
 
 
 
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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