Category - Rhythm

Off-the-bench interview with Thomas Hoops: Music Learning Theory Specialist

Last summer I signed up to hear Thomas Hoops speak at Rockley’s Music in Lakewood, Colorado. He was so fascinating that I took notes (which is unusual for me!) and I immediately introduced myself after his presentation because I wanted to learn more from him.

Thomas was happy to set up a Google Hangout so I could easily share with you what he so eagerly likes to share BUT, technology issues got in the way. That didn’t stop us as he does not live far from me so we met up in my studio and recorded the video below. 

In the post, you’ll find minute marks of where Thomas discusses specific elements of the highly esteemed Music Learning Theory. Like all good conversations, we had an agenda but, we got off on tangents occasionally so I pinpointed highlights.

I recommend that you take the time to watch the interview as his ideas and purpose for off-bench activities are GOLDEN!


0:00 Thomas’ opening remarks include some great quotes.

When we are born, we are a fresh hard drive.

We are pliable up to age nine.

Focus on aptitude first rather than achievement.

Music Learning Theory is a sequence, not a method.

2:30 Steps of acquiring a language like music should be similar to learning a language.

  1. Listening
  2. Imitating
  3. Speaking
  4. Reading
  5. Writing

3:53 Music Learning Theory (MLT) of Edwin Gordon is based on sequence and audiation–thinking musically.

4:50 First step in the sequence of MLT: Oral/Aural = We say something and we repeat it to build a familiar vocabulary.

5:21 Talking parents into music learning theory can take time but they eventually get it.

6:00 Begin with using neutral syllables.

6:40 Second step: Verbal association.

Put it in your body and never forget. – Piaget

MLT uses a moveable Do.

7:30 What if I don’t use solfege?

[I started using solfege in my teaching in a way that feels natural to me and I look forward to sharing how I’m doing it with you soon!]

8:30 Another step of MLT: Partial Synthesis

9:00 Discrimination learning is crucial! It’s knowing what something is and what something isn’t.

9:50 Start every lesson from scratch. A must-read is Robert Duke’s book entitled Intelligent Music Making.

[Full disclosure: All links to the manipulatives listed below are provided with an affiliate code.]

11:00 Concepts like steady beat and balance are action nouns.

11:50 Next step: Symbolic Association: assigning signs and symbols

12:40 Get kids to sing by using puppets and the magic of play.

Everything I do is purposeful.

We learn through play.

14:30 What is a concept vs skill?

A concept is a steady beat, playing rhythms is a skill.

16:30 Here’s an excellent activity to move rhythm onto the keys combined with a singing exercise.

18:00 How can an exercise ball be useful in piano lessons?

19:45 Sing this song while bouncing on the ball: “Fish Alive.”

22:40 Many don’t want to sing but, once you do, it will force you to listen.

23: 50 Introduce tunes only on white keys which leads to the language of tonality.

25:00 The MLT approach is key to improvisation.

26:00 Can this approach still be used even if we are not MLT specialists?

26:40 Learn clever ways to use bean bags to develop body awareness and balance.

29:00 Sing an ostinato while moving arm with a bean bag.

30:00 Check out this cool ear training idea as it provides a chance to audiate without having to perform.

31:00 Here’s another neat trick to get kiddos to repeat activities.

32:00 Bungee cords-these are cool! Ideal for experiencing bound vs flow.

35:00 Scarves – Ideal for experiencing continuous fluid movement and free flow. Good for doing something and engaging the brain at the same time.

39:20 Use a Mystery Bottle to heighten listening skills.

40:45  Learn how play dough can test finger skills.

41:00 Get a Zippety Do Dolly to teach finger skills.

42:00 Wrapping up

Learn more about Edwin Gordon and the Music Learning Theory here.

Learn about how I incorporated MLT with the help of some BEETS here.




Thomas Hoops has over 25 years’ experience in the piano studio and has refined a method to keep the drive alive and the work fun. Hoops holds a B.A. in Music and M.M. in Music Education. He has won many awards and scholarships and is certified by the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) in Elementary Music level I. Thomas is a member of Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) along with state (CSMTA) and local (AMTA) affiliations. Thomas is in demand as a presenter and speaker on his unique approach to music learning. He also has experience with solo performance, rock/blues band, studio recording and sound engineering, and composition. An accomplished pianist, Thomas plays and teaches in all musical styles.

Do Simple Better

As teachers, it’s our job to make things clear. This often requires introducing new concepts by breaking them up into bite-sized nuggets that can be quickly understood. We must make the seemingly difficult appear simple.

I recently stumbled upon this quote by Joe Maddon, the manager who led the Cubs to their first World Series title in over 100 years:

“Do simple better.”

It got me asking: what would Maddon’s challenge look like on the piano bench?

I came up with four examples of doing SIMPLE better and labelled them:

  • Expand then extract
  • Play then say
  • Explore then explain
  • Lead then let go

The video below (click here if you can’t see it) expands on these four items. Read the article found here and then watch the video.

Make sure to READ MORE so you can learn about a fantastic idea for your next piano party or studio event…

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Feeling the BEET with Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory

Edwin Gordon’s highly recognized and esteemed research leading to the Music Learning Theory (MLT) is defined as

“An explanation and description of appropriate ways students learn one or more styles of music.” p5 of Quick and Easy Introductions by Edwin Gordon

It is not a teaching method that you purchase and follow exclusively. YOU can apply and integrate MLT into your current teaching method, NOW. This is great news! You don’t need to reinvent your approach to enhance it with the MLT philosophy. Keep reading and I’ll explain how. Read More

Have a ball at group lessons!

Starting a composition and naming it can be tough. To charge up the creative juices, we played a game called “Would You Rather” with the help of a groove and a beach ball at this week’s group lessons.

When I rang the bell, they had to stop and whoever was holding the ball had to answer the question under his/her right hand.

“Would you rather eat dinner in a castle or breakfast in a hot air balloon?”

“Would you rather eat three live worms or a tunafish and peanut butter sandwich?”

They didn’t want to quit…

The video explains it best. Click here if you can’t see it.

Sometimes it’s just hard to get to know your students when they’re sitting on the bench next to you. They may feel a little shy about sharing their thoughts, their likes, their dislikes, etc. In a group setting and with an icebreaker like “Would You Rather,” all those inhibitions get tossed aside–yes, pun intended!

How will this contribute to an upcoming composition project?

After a student answered the question, most everyone else chimed in with their answer and we discussed why they chose what they did. They were eager to start making connections with what they like to what they will be creating at the keys.

Bonus: did you notice that this is a great activity to get them moving to the beat?

WARNING: Stock up on beach balls…more ideas to come. Here’s a screamin’ deal on them if you can’t find beach balls in your local stores right now. Remember to look for them on sale at the end of summer!

What questions to include on your “Would You Rather” beach ball?

Here’s a start. Begin each statement with the words Would you rather

  • Run a mile or swim a mile?
  • Go to a movie theatre or watch Netflix?
  • Stay up late or wake up early?
  • Have a robot or a monkey in the house?
  • Sleep on a hard pillow or a soft pillow?
  • Eat pepperoni pizza or sausage pizza?
  • Eat breakfast in a hot air balloon or dinner in a castle?
  • Eat a hamburger or a hotdog?
  • Paint a picture or take a picture?
  • Do word finds or crossword puzzles?
  • Do math homework or science homework?
  • Have ten brothers or ten sisters?
  • Go to school on Saturdays or go to the dentist every week?
  • Ride a bike or a skateboard?
  • Color a picture or draw a portrait?
  • Drive a self-driving car or a spaceship?
  • Become a famous singer or a famous actor?
  • Shop at the mall or play at the park?
  • Snowboard or ice skate?
  • Have a fish or a bird?
  • Eat mac ‘n cheese or spaghetti?
  • Play at the beach or in the snow?
  • Live on the beach or on a mountain top?
  • Have a cat or a dog?
  • Live without music or without TV and movies?
  • Talk on the phone or go out for ice cream?
  • Be a super hero or a villain in a movie?
  • Wear running shoes or flip flops?
  • Eat a bug or get stung by a bee?
  • Cook dinner or clean up?
  • Take a walk or a bike ride?
  • Go out for Mexican or Italian?leila3d
  • Read the book or watch the movie?
  • Eat 3 live worms or a peanut butter and tuna sandwich?
  • Take a vacation or $1,000 in cash?
  • Eat chocolate chips or gummy bears?
  • Take a road trip or a stay-cation?
  • Ride in a plane or a train?

For more “Would You Rather” questions, checkout my Pinterest board.

Need a fresh way to determine who performs first at the group class?

To review the sound and look of intervals, students were asked to read my e-book Understanding Intervals last week during Off-Bench Time. During the group lesson, everyone spun to see who would play first. I created three wheels in the Decide Now app, with level-appropriate intervals.img_3645

  • Wheel #1: Intervals Repeat-5
  • Wheel #2: Intervals Prime-8
  • Wheel #3: Major 2nd, 3rd, Perfect 4th, 5th, Major 6th, 7th, Perfect 8va.

After the student spun, he/she was asked to play the interval on the piano and try to recall the tune that is associated with that interval in Understanding Intervals. For example, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” begins with a 2nd. The student was then asked to sound out more of the tune. Naturally, everyone sang along!

The student who landed on the smallest interval performed first and others followed according to the size of their interval.

Need to build up knowledge of key signatures?img_6027

In preparation for upcoming theory tests at the local Federation Festival, students identified specific key signatures within the Challenge Mode of the app called Tenuto. They took turns naming the key as the key signatures flashed before them. After each drill was completed, they were challenged to reach a new high score. Music Money awarded to the whole group for beating the prior score. I’m never above bribery!

Note: you don’t need to hook your iPad to an HDTV in order to play this game. I like to reflect my iPad during groups lessons to show videos or to explain theory concepts with an app called Octavian.

Need one more winner for your next group lesson?

Make sure to get Rhythm on a Roll.

This game was developed for my group lesson week last December. I brought it out for group lessons this week and everyone was excited to play it again.copy-of-rhythm-on-a-roll-3 That was good news to me because you know how some can moan about doing anything more than once.

My students also enjoyed the new score cards with the rests and playing the variations I mention in the resource.

Tip: we played this as students were performing for each other. It works well as the audience is quiet, listening and thinking at the same time. This keeps them from getting restless.

It’s still on sale until March 11th. Get it now and your activities for group lessons will be set!


NEW GAME! Reinforce Note Values with Rhythm On a Roll

During Off Bench Time, I assigned students to complete worksheets in the app called SproutBeat which challenged them to add up note values. I noticed this was difficult for some. Many students (even though I stand on my head and do back flips trying to make it clear) assume two 8th notes equal two beats.

The red flags went up so I was determined to develop an activity for an d626eed83fdba1f407497658e26d1b8eupcoming group lesson that would help anyone at any level to understand the duration of notes and add them up with confidence.

For quite some time, I have wanted to design a music game similar to Yahtzee using 5 dice and a score card. For my new rhythm game, I decided to use Yahtzee as inspiration and assumed that the score cards would be the same for each player just like in the game. Then it occurred to me that Rhythm on a Roll would be much more interesting if each player had a different card—like in the game of Bingo. For example, when a TWO is rolled, it represents a quarter note for one player, a half note for another and an eighth note for another.yahtzee-2

With each score card being different, this educational game of chance became much more engaging and competitive. This was a last-minute game planned just in time for my first group lesson of the week and it was a winner. I believe it will be for your studio, too!

Clear as mud? Stick with me, the video will clarify things.

See Rhythm on a Roll in Action

Pictures speak a thousand words and videos…10,000?
To learn how to play Rhythm on a Roll, you’ll want to watch this video that shows me playing the game in “high speed.” Rewind as needed!

What you need to play Rhythm On a Roll?

>Dice. I discovered that my favorite childhood game of Yahtzee is not that popular with most of my students! Some play Farkle, and even Spicey Farkle. ANY dice will do so raid your board games! If you can’t collect enough, try this collection of dice.

>Cup for tossing and rolling the diceimg_6257

>Tray to keep dice from rolling away.

>Padding for the tray to keep the dice from making too much noise if used during Off Bench Time.

>Clear pockets in which to place score cards so they can be reused.

>Dry erase markers with erasers.

>Six score cards in each level.

>Players who are ready to roll!

What’s included in Rhythm on a Roll?

The downloadable PDF includes:

>Instructions to play the game which includes the link to the video above. I suggest letting your students watch it, too.


Sample score card

>Level One Score Cards (six variations) and instructions on how to play.

  • Quarter note
  • Half note
  • Dotted half note
  • Eighth note
  • Two eighth notes.

>Level Two Score Cards (six variations.)  The same Level-One instructions apply but, you’ll notice that the score cards include shorter note values and that tricky dotted quarter note!

TIP: For more advanced players, change the note value equalled to one beat to an eighth note instead of a quarter note. Added note values include:

  • Eighth note
  • Dotted quarter note
  • Sixteenth note
  • Two sixteenth notes.

>Variations on the game that encourage creativity.

>Ideas for prizes for winners.

>Single-player version for Off Bench Time.

>Tips on how to use the game if you don’t have Off Bench time or teach in groups.


Just before Rhythm on a Roll was going to be “rolled out” it dawned on me that the score cards should also include rests. Rests are SO important and usually overlooked. It’s been said that Mozart stated…

“Notes are silver, rests are gold.”

Therefore, I’ve added two more sets of score cards with rests–one set that correlates with Level 1 and another for Level 2. In addition, you’ll enjoy the clever options provided when playing Rhythm on a Roll with rests.

Get Rhythm on a Roll on sale for $4.88 (studio license) and build strong rhythm counters and readers!get-it-now-button

Let me know how Rhythm on a Roll is a winner in your studio!

A Look Back at Trendsetting Piano Teaching Resources in 2016

Grab a cup of coffee–here’s 40 resources worth your time!

My friend and colleague Marie Lee and I compiled a list of winning resources that worked for us in 2016, and we can’t wait to share them with you. They are organized according to topic.

What did we forget? We didn’t include everything we intended–we had to stop some where.

What would you add to the list?

Professional and Creative Development


Piano Teacher Planning Center is a brand new component of I’m so excited to piano teacherplanning centerhave a store–no, a center–where teachers will find a growing collection of free and for-purchase teaching aids, some created by me but others created by fellow teachers who have great ideas.

In celebration of the new year, there’s a store-wide sale until January 15, 2017. By the way, if you have a cool game or product that you want to sell, contact me at and let’s plan to make it part of the PTPC in 2017. -Leila


I attended my first 88 Creative Keys Workshop in Denver this past summer. I waited almost an entire year and 88 CK was well worth it! It was one of the best things I could do for my continuing education as a teacher.  You can read reviews from 2016 attendees here and learn more about 2017’s workshop here. -Marie
Here’s a video of Leila leading a body beat activity with teachers.


Tim Topham’s podcasts keep me happily occupied on my Sunday afternoon walks. I look forward to them each week. Tim finds the best guests who discuss–you guessed it–trendsetting topics! Here are seven of my favorite podcasts because they deal with creativity at the keys. -Leila


I look forward to Amy Chaplin’s Piano Pantry Friday Finds. Amy is one of my new, favorite bloggers. -Marie


Even though I didn’t practice like I should have, I learned so much from Bradley’s online lesson session that I can use with my students. Bradley Sowash is encouraging and informative. It has opened up a whole new world of piano playing for me. -Marie


ForScore, Turbo Scan, the Air Turn Pedal and the iPad Pro is a combo I’ve used every Sunday since writing my December 2015 blog post. I’m not sure how I survived without this set up. In the post you’ll learn how I move hard copy sheet music to ForScore so I can enjoy hands-free page turns. This is the wave of the future for reading scores. -Leila Read More

Drumming Cards 9-12 and Three Reasons to Stick Around

We fast forwarded the 12 days of drumming into 7 and now the final round of holiday bucket drumming cards are included below. Thanks for your patience as we drummed up ideas for your holiday fun! Pun intended.

Another thank you to SO many of you who purchased Bucket Drumming for Piano Teachers. Remember, it’s still on sale through December so share the news with your friends! Order it here.

And the credit goes to…

This flurry of upbeat ideas for the holidays could not have happened without thefunkeylogo-web-e1412370119928 efforts of my good friends and colleagues Marie Lee and Heather Nanney. Marie and Heather are to be credited as the imagineers for most of the cards. As they came up with the ideas, I produced the cards and delivered them to you. I could have never done this series of posts without their creative minds!

FYI: Heather is extremely creative and offers fabulous teaching ideas at her blog with the best name ever: FunKey Music! She posted a must-have freebie called The Ultimate Chord Bundle to help categorize, color code and spell chords. Follow this link to get yours now–the bundle is brilliant.13528831_263815857314918_5066482634924078563_n

FYI: Marie has forged into a new, exciting studio expansion and never seems to run out of ideas or energy. Check out her Musicality Schools website here and be inspired by its attractive organization and content. If you recall, Marie was featured in an article at around a year ago. Her studio and business has skyrocketed since then! Look for the article here and learn why she never wanted to be a piano teacher. Really?

The three of us were on fire to get these cards out to you ASAP so we do hope you will include them AND enjoy them in your holiday lesson plans. We’d love to hear how it goes for you.

What does bucket drumming look like?

Below is a sneak peek at bucket drumming to the Tchaikovsky’s Russian Dance. I had drummed with the students through this piece and guided them in a “choreography” to go with the soundtrack. Then I asked if they would do it again so I could take a video.

If you notice, the 4th grade young man took charge and led the others in the “dance.” The gal in the pink was wondering why we were drumming in piano lessons. You may ask the same thing.

What I see in this video: active listening skills, large muscle and memorable responses to the music, ensemble work, conducting and smiles. All with some buckets, sticks and a few giggles. If you can’t see the video below, follow this link.

We wish you a merry and musical December!

Some reasons to stick around…

#1 If you signed up for any of the drumming cards or any of the products in The Piano Teacher Planning Center, you will automatically receive my newsletter. I send it out about twice a month and catch you up on things going on at the blog and usually announce or offer something new.

In next week’s newsletter, I’ll include a link to all 12 cards–4 per sheet–that you can easily print off or better yet, access on your iPad via iBooks or Notability.

#2 Speaking of the Piano Teacher Planning Center, you do not want to miss the latest addition provided by Andrea West. Andrea is a graphic designer and a piano teacher who has created images that are ideal for your upcoming holiday recital program covers, party invitations and/or camp binders.

Click on the image below to order Andrea’s covers and get them on sale for $4.97! It’s a bargain and you’ll have images for many years to come! Free bonus: she includes instructions on how to create your program in Word and offers images for Facebook props to congratulate your students. Get ’em here.


#3 I can’t wait to share a new rhythm game called Rhythm on a Roll that helps students of all levels understand adding and dividing note values. It’s something that works well in groups or during Off-Bench Time and correlates nicely with my off-bench resource called Rhythm Make it Count. It’s been tested all week long in my group lessons and has been met with strong approval. They didn’t want to stop playing! Stay tuned for a free printable coming your way soon.

Get your last four Holiday Bucket Drumming cards by clicking here or on the image below and thanks again for your support!


Remember, happy students STICK around!


12 Days of Drumming: Cards 5-8: Make Rhythms Relevant


How is rhythm connected to these cute holiday books? Read on…

As promised, we are putting a rush on the 12 Days of Drumming cards so you can make your plans for your upcoming holiday parties, groups lessons and camps.

If you haven’t been following this series of posts, Heather Nanney and Marie Lee and I are creating 12 supplemental cards to coincide with our resource we created called Bucket Drumming for Piano Teachers.

Bucket Drumming for Piano Teachers is on sale for $29 and it is definitely worth every penny as you’ll be able to use the ideas for your summer camps and now with these new cards, tailor bucket drumming activities to suit your holiday studio plans.

The buckets and creative activities make playing and reading rhythms fun! That was our collective goal as understanding rhythms is complex and difficult for most young musicians. We’ve come up with 80+ engaging ideas that boost strong rhythm skills.

Be honest, how many kids do you know, jump up and down with glee when asked to count out loud? Our plans connect with kids and will get them counting because they UNDERSTAND WHY they need to count!

Before you download Cards 5-8 (available below) I want to share why I believe these activities featured on the holiday cards and those in our resource are so important to the process of learning rhythm.

With drums, common words and phrases and other off bench activities, we are making rhythm notation relevant by matching note values and rhythms with familiar patterns. Let me explain with an example outside of the music field.

Last evening I was enjoying the company of a 2-1/2-year-old girl and her younger 1-1/2-year-old brother. We were celebrating the arrival of their younger sister (yes this is a BUSY household) and so I brought the Chunky Pack: Christmas  by Roger Priddy as a gift for them.

They could not get enough of the books. They loved holding the small but chunky books and gazing at the brightly colored pictures inside.

The idea of each perfectly-sized-for-little-hands book is simple: while one page shows a colorful graphic of a holiday image like a Christmas tree, the other side identifies the image with letters forming the words: CHRISTMAS TREE.

Since the 1 -1/2 year old didn’t own very many words yet and was quite content with his pacifier, he happily pointed at the objects while sitting on my lap. But, I guided his older sister to say the words on the page. Of course, she said “Christmas tree” because she quickly identified the object from the picture.  Soon, I covered up the image and she recognized the words without needing the picture.

Was she recognizing the letters, putting them together and reading the words? Maybe, maybe not, but she was making a connection that letters hooked together make symbols for Christmas stuff like Christmas trees and reindeer.

In a way, this is what the cards in our 12 Days of Drumming Cards feature. They encourage drummers to relate the names of favorite holiday items, toys and the phrases of well-known carols to note values and rhythm patterns.

Examples of matching words with rhythm notation:
please don't make me count out loud!

  • Elf = quarter note
  • Santa = two eighth notes
  • Jingle bells, jingle bells = two 8ths quarter, two 8ths quarter.

By relating familiar words and phrases to rhythm notation, drummers begin to make connections and lock in the vocabulary of what we call rhythm.

With the help of the tissue rhythm boxes as seen in the picture above, drummers notice that groups of smaller note values will share one beat AND that each beat still lasts for one box–the same amount of time.

One supplemental card in this next bunch includes a great idea for teaching tempi and dynamic contrasts.

ALL the activities require physical action, dictation, listening, notation and/or team work which guarantee solid comprehension.

Click on the drumming reindeer below to get your next 4 cards.

Still need the first four cards? Follow this link.


12 Days of Drumming Cards 1-4 and Tips on Finding Drums


All containers are potential drums. Start saving!

You asked for it and you got it!

Some of you have wanted all the holiday bucket drumming cards in a rush to make plans for upcoming group lessons, parties and camps. I get it, I feel the same way.

Also, I’d like to take a break from posting on Sunday.

In case you’ve missed the latest news about bucket drumming for the holidays, read this post.

That means that you have access to cards 1-4 today! I think you’ll like all of them.

By the way, if you have an aversion to purchasing big buckets because of the price tag or storage limitations, get creative. Save ANY container from now on (and forever!)

Chop sticks work well for drumsticks if your drums are too small for bigger sticks.

My good friend, Amy Watt, scored some great bongo drums at a flea market.

Home Depot buckets ($55 for a pack of 20 or around $4 a bucket) work well but are NOT required in order to make Bucket Drumming for Piano Teachers a hit in your studio.

Remember, you’ll want to purchase our drumming resource here (if you haven’t yet) since all the holiday cards refer to specific ideas found in it.

Click on the drumming reindeer to get the cards and start making your plans!


Twelve Days of Drumming Ideas for the Holidays: Days 1 and 2

The well-known carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas”  is a series of cumulative verses that list increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas. Take note that the 12th day isn’t just 5 golden rings, it’s twelve drummers drumming!

Nuts, Heather didn't make this pic but here's me with Marie Lee sporting our buckets and sticks AND our Let's Do This t-shirts.

Nuts, Heather didn’t make this pic, but here’s me with Marie Lee sporting our buckets and sticks AND our “Let’s Do This!” t-shirts.

This is the perfect segue into a reminder of a resource that is available here at the Piano Teacher Piano Center: Bucket DRUMMING for Piano Teachers compiled by Marie Lee, Heather Nanney and yours truly.

In honor of the upcoming holidays and the old English carol’s tribute to drumming, Bucket Drumming for Piano Teachers will be on sale through the month of December.


How about red and green drum sticks?  This could be a fun, electrifying twist to brighten up your holiday lessons. Use them in private lessons to review tricky rhythms in repertoire or let students take turn using them in a drum circle by passing them from one drummer to the next every 16 beats, then 8 beats, then 4 beats without dropping a beat!

Get yours here.

31hfktqgfplIf you haven’t purchased your copy of Bucket Drumming for Piano Teachers, you’ll find that this customizable resource is THE perfect solution for camps, groups and private lessons. You’ll have access to buckets full of resources so that you can learn how to teach bucket drumming in style. Order your copy by clicking here or on the photo below.

Let's Drum This


With the help of over 80 “recipe cards” you’ll be able to integrate bucket drumming into any of your current plans with pedagogically sound and guaranteed-to-rock activities.

Even better news for those who are planning December group lessons and camps, we

Recipe cards

A page of recipe cards in Bucket Drumming for Piano Teachers

are offering an additional 12 days of holiday-themed drumming ideas that will rock your lesson plans!

The “Twelve Days of Christmas” is a cumulative song where each verse gets longer and longer. We are echoing this by adding a new card to your Bucket Drumming recipe cards you already purchased (or will very soon!) each day for the next 12 days.

You’ll notice that the cards modify ideas already found in Bucket Drumming for Piano Teachers so you’ll want to refer to the resource to make the most of the holiday cards.

Get your second (along with the first) holiday recipe card by clicking on the drumming reindeer.