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Under Siege by Jerald Simon

 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "Under Siege" (with the minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   This is my new "Cool Song" video from my annual subscription (posted on 2.20.2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbG1pNQp5x0&list=PL9eocDI3QWNhiErbkK29DtnFZ24vvR8yx
 
 
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.

 

I Need Piano Teachers to Review "Cool Songs"

 

Meditation/Relaxation Music by Jerald Simon

 
Meditation Music (Chasing Clouds) by Jerald Simon
 

New Wave by Jerald Simon

 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "New Wave" (with the minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   This is my new "Cool Song" video from my annual subscription (posted on 2.13.2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD1KKpBNNQM&list=PL9eocDI3QWNhiErbkK29DtnFZ24vvR8yx 
 
 
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.

Never Quit by Jerald Simon

The Courage to Continue by Jerald Simon - visit http://musicmotivation.com/blog to learn more.
 
The Courage To Continue by Jerald Simon
 
When others tell you, you can’t,
when everyone says that you won’t,
don’t listen to them, they’re the worst of men,
continue and do what they don’t.
 
The courage to continue,
when others retreat and give up,
is a courage to always hold on to,

Are We Headed in the RIGHT Direction?

On track, on course, and headed in the right direction by Jerald Simon

On track, on course, and headed in the right direction.

But are we really on track, on course, and headed in the right direction, or are we at times facing the wrong way?

Wonderland by Jerald Simon

 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "Wonderland" (with the minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   This is my new "Cool Song" video from my annual subscription (posted on 2.06.2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Echqjr6IGzE&list=PL9eocDI3QWNhiErbkK29DtnFZ24vvR8yx
 
 
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.

 

Ricochet by Jerald Simon

 
Try playing this new cool song I composed on the piano - "Ricochet" (with the minus track). Watch the video and share with friends!   This is my new "Cool Song" video from my annual subscription (posted on 1.30.2015):
 
 
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.

 

Can We Create a Perfect World?

What is You Perfect World? by Jerald Simon

Imagine your perfect world. How would it look? Having a perfect world would be difficult because everyone has a different idea of perfection. What is ideal for one may not be acceptable for another - and that is perfectly fine. We are individuals and we all can strive to create the best world we want by doing the best we can and finding the best in every person, every situation, and every obstacle or opportunity. Even though we can't describe a utopia-like perfection that meets the must-have requirements to please and appease everyone in the world, I believe there are a few things that can help everyone live a fuller, richer life. It may not always be perfect, and in fact no one will ever have 100% perfection all of the time, but even in striving for perfection, we still benefit immensely even when we fall short. We even succeed when failing because that gives us answers and direction even if we don't enjoy it, appreciate, or deserve it!

Anyone who knows me knows that I like poetry. I love reading poetry and writing poetry. Here is a poem I wrote titled "Let Me Live" from my poetry book, The 'As If' Principle I think it describes what we can do to live a little more perfectly even though we are imperfect and perfection continues to elude us.

Let Me Live by Jerald Simon

Let me live in a world of wisdom,
     where knowledge and good books abound.
Let me live in a nation of integrity
     where honor and truth are found.
Let me live in a town where people come first,
     and neighbors become friends for life.
Let me live in a home that is filled with love,
     for the children, husband, and wife.
Let me live a life of service,
     and selflessly give all I own.
Let me live in peace and prosperity,
     for in life I am never alone.”

Excerpt From: Jerald M. Simon. “The "As If" Principle.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/wL5qF.l

© Copyright 2013 - Music Motivation®

Here is another poem from the same book that focuses on the topic of making the world a better place:

The World's a Better Place by Jerald Simon

The world’s a better place,
because you do your part,
because you live in such a way,
that touches every heart.

The world’s a better place,
for what you know and say,
for what you’ve seen and heard each day,
how you always help others to find their way.

The world’s a better place
because of how you live,
you serve and lift and sacrifice,
you’re a giver who loves to give.”

Excerpt From: Jerald M. Simon. “The "As If" Principle.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/wL5qF.l

© Copyright 2013 - Music Motivation®

Read the original post on Jerald's blog at this link: http://musicmotivation.com/blog/what-success-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.

The Music Motivation® Mentorship Map

Click on the image below to download my Music Motivation® Mentorship Map (for piano students) for FREE!
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!"

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