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Using Gum Drop Notes is simple

With a degree in psychology and 30 years as a violin teacher, this incredible method developed to help students, no matter the age or learning difference, in their quest to deeply understand music theory, sight-reading and the actual tones being played.

The Gum Drop Notes color coding does not represent any psychological issue. We aren’t really seeing colors as we play. What is happening is that each note becomes a tone with a unique sound and color of its own. It takes on a characteristic that can be identified.

Keep in mind that the colors of the notes are subliminally teaching complex music theory concepts without a word of lecturing. Stem colors indicate the string the note is to be played on. Sharps and flats are reinforced by a circle of the color the note is moving toward. Card games to go along with the sheet music tunes teach the order and relationship of notes, symbols and rhythms, etc. Play-along movies bring the student up to polished speed and teach the the tune before the student begins to study the music.

It all seems too good to be true, but once you begin to use the Gum Drop Notes sheet music, play along mp4, and card games, you will be amazed at how fast you learn music theory and the music you are studying and memorizing.

Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing – Igniting Sleeping Brains
Carol Anderson

Igniting Sleeping Brains by learning what your unique and personal way of processing information is. It’s all part of the method – Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing is using music as a catalyst to bring the elusive behavior of our mind when processing information and giving it a concrete way of developing it. We will see it put into action with music education and yet, this whole concept can be applied to any area of your life or studies.


Guitar – Harp and Mandolin Gum Drop Notes MasterClass (for now, you can use the violin music. Especially the mandolin because that will indicate which string you play the note on. Give it a try — nothing to loose)

Beginning: Understanding yourself

I am using music as a catalyst to develop the brains of those who will follow our moments of whims of ‘fun’ as we learn how to study and take ourselves out of our comfort zones, — taking the first step that says….’hey, I am moving forward and things are opening for me that I never imagined would open’.  Develop momentum by deciding to take ‘baby steps’, using music to develop who you are, and to open your eyes to see a vision of who you could become.

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‘Music Theory Card Games’ is a part of ‘Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing’

Gum Drop Notes

Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing

From The Desk of Carol Anderson
Fort Washington, Pa

Dear Friend,

If you would like to see your little child/children excel in music while actually enjoying practicing, try the series of Gum Drop Notes for teaching piano and violin to little people.

But First, A Warning:

Before we go further, let me make something abundantly clear:musette three phrases preview (2)

This isn’t one of those series that promises you “amazing results” for doing nothing.

Here’s the deal.

The system I outline in this educational series is working great for me as a teacher, and I believe it can help you, too.

But I’m not suggesting that everyone (or anyone) who completes it is going to become a prodigy.

I don’t know how well the children will do, – it’s likely that many or most of them will fall through the cracks and run off to experience another shiny object. (especially if they don’t follow the directions and work hard), yet this series is so much fun, something has to sink in.

With that said … let me jump right in and show you …

Exactly What You’re Getting

First of all, this isn’t like any educational series you’ve ever tried. There is actually a ton of fluff and filler – to enhance the battle-tested tactics that work.

And it’s easy.

A short digital book, mp3 audio files, mp4 video play-along and digital books and sheet music download,  focused on one ‘bit’ of information, will be available for each student to work through in an afternoon. In most of the modules there are a number of tunes to encourage the student to develop a set of parallel techniques.  And they’ll immediately understand the entire concept.  A few more days of review and that rung of the educational scaffolding ladder will be mastered.

And even though I used this system to teach students the Suzuki repertoire plus lots of extra tunes almost ‘magically’,………..

It’s About MORE Than Just Playing a song and moving along.

My students play music theory games along with the songs, teaching them complex concepts and embedding a foundation of understanding in the tiniest of ‘minds’.

For example, the first lesson in the music theory card games is learning which note sits on a line and which sits on a space: easy but essential.  The music theory concepts are introduced over the week by layering one small piece of information through a game.  Once mastered, another ‘bit’ is added.  Including speed in the games makes it difficult for them to stop and think.  They need to be on autopilot for it to become a foundation to their thinking.

I use this same strategy when teaching older students and parents.  It works for everyone.  No fear that they won’t be able to read black notes, it is introduced throughout the series.

So like I said, there’s more to this little series for mini-musicians than “just” learning to play a tune.

Here’s a fraction of what you’re getting…

  • Little clues to how your student/child processes information.  Believe it or not, if you try to force the information in through someone elses’ learning style…it just doesn’t work.
  • How to teach a two-year-old to read music in an hour – even if you don’t know how to read music yourself.
  • TODAY: instill a passion for music and learning in both you and your child.
  • The nearly ‘magical’ approach to allowing your child to reach their true ability. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.  It is like teaching a child sign language when they don’t have speech.  They certainly can process and communicate far more than we expect.
  • A proven way to teach anyone including a young child how to play incredible ‘real’ music quickly.  This approach works so well that it makes you look like a hero.
  • You need rules and structure and discipline if you are going to put your time into learning anything.  True.  But why not actually use a method that reaches the person you are trying to influence by knowing how your student learns?
  • The “usual stuff” totally backfires when dealing with the very young or those whose plates are full and life is moving on the fast path.  Here’s a brand new approach that’s faster, simpler to implement, and quite frankly, in my opinion, better.
  • Who makes the best students?   Litmus tests to see if you’re getting through to your student.
  • How to eliminate resistance. Just use these “magic” Gum Drop Notes and watch the “instantaneous” results.
  • Find out why there is an unusual amount of music students who are dropouts.
  • Discover how your students will progress and become a musician, with a ‘gift’ that will never be taken away.  
  • The mysterious secret of reading music, and how you can use this simple method too.
  • The best way to teach specific learning styles.  
  • Why you should never tell a student they didn’t practice because there wasn’t time! Never!  
  • How traditional music lessons can actually frustrate a little child.  
  • Why ditching your old opinions about how kids learn can actually skyrocket their ability to learn.
  • Don’t compare…each student will progress at their own speed.
  • Say goodbye to having to plead with them to practice! This new series trumps anything you’ve ever seen, and hardly anyone has harnessed it.
  •  It’s OK to be a “musical dummy”. You won’t be for long.  You can’t help but learn to play beautiful music when you go through this fun series.
  • Forget about the fancy stuff that’s been confusing you even if you are dyslexic or have learning differences.
  • The truth about commitment and habits.  The stuff you see everyone else doing is failing for the very young, but this new method is easier and works well.
  • The absolute fastest way to learn music theory, sight-reading and how to play beautifully.
  • What to do if you’re brand new to music.

You’re right …that is a lot of ‘strategies and tactics’. And it’s stuff that nobody else can share with you because nobody else is doing it.  I can share with you how this idea had its birth.

But it gets better because you’re also getting …

Apps and videos, books and eBooks!

You will get a complete blueprint of the big picture for setting your goals. 

You’ll learn how to teach or play music – with no pressure, no threats, 

This simple but effective method has been giving my students great success all the way through the Bach Double Concerto!

The best part of this is that it’s …

Specifically Designed For Young Children and People Who Hate Practicing.

Listen. If you don’t like to tear yourself away from the fires of life to practice, you’re not alone. I truthfully find it difficult myself.  Knowing this reality, this is why  I’ve spent years developing this system, ‘Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing – Gum Drop Notes’

‘Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing – Gum Drop Notes’

When you use this series of music theory card games and music books two things will happen.

First, you’ll be of genuine help to everyone you use it with. They’ll come away from the experience viewing you as a trusted friend and adviser …regardless of whether or not they succeed and become a professional musician.

The next thing you’ll notice is this:

You’ll know how to perform, help others in their performances and simply have a clearer understanding of the process of learning!

And you’ll do it without stress, pressure, or manipulation.  You won’t have to convince anyone of anything, they will simply hunger for more!

That’s because of the way ‘Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing’ works.

With a degree in psychology and accreditation as a Suzuki teacher, I’ve created it using a combination of learning styles, psychological strategies for getting past the short circuits that make us pause and dangerously leave a momentary gap that could trip us and bring our momentum to a halt. Gum Drop Notes magically give each note tone a unique character so that the ear and mind start to imagine the tone and what it looks like.

Here’s What To Do Next

The “cost” of the series of Gum Drop Note Book Classes, full of songs, mp3, mp4 play-along videos and downloadable sheet music,  is less than the cost of one lesson. You get it instantly as a download of all the videos, books, and lessons.  You are welcome, however, to use the books and videos online, within the module.

As soon as you place your order, you’ll get an automated receipt with a link to the web page where you can use or download the tunes and videos.

You can access it anywhere, immediately, whether riding in a car, on a plane or waiting in a doctor’s office.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering …


I realize this is very inexpensive …so you might wonder what the “catch” is.

This program is a series.

When you are ready,  you will need to purchase the second of the series.

You can ask to have your payment automatically charged to your card every month or just move along at your own speed. The class charge is a monthly subscription (the second month and in the future is less than the cost of the first month but if you cancel you have to start with the going tuition at the time)

My hope is that you’ll love it and this will be the start of a great time when music becomes a part of your life.

But with all that said, there is ONE thing to keep in mind:

Don’t worry – I don’t have a sales team that will call you and bother you or anything like that.

It’s actually the opposite. I’m betting that you’ll enjoy the Master Class so much, you’ll call me or at the very least email me….and I really encourage that.  I hate phones so I probably will ask you to leave a message if you do call.

You’ll have the use of play-along videos, digital eBooks, games, apps and instructional videos.

Oh. And in case you’re wondering …


Of course, there’s a money-back guarantee.

In fact, I think it’s …

The Boldest Guarantee In The World

100% Guarantee that you will love this Master Class and the new video training or I’ll return your $ and let you keep the video training anyway.

That’s right. Just email me and I’ll give you back your $ with no questions asked.

How’s that for being fair?

Just give it a try and say:

I Want The Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing Gum Drop Note Series

Thanks for taking the time to read this letter and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Carol Anderson


P.S. In case you’re one of those people (like me) who just skip to the end of the letter, here’s the deal:

I’m offering you a series that outlines how to get mini-musicians to play an instrument study music theory, and sight-read music.

The first level of the Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing Gum Drop Note series is $ less than the cost of a month of lessons.

What’s important about this is that understanding the way you or your child or student process information prevents you from wasting energy and time trying to teach someone when they are deaf to your words or blind to what you show them because they learn by moving.  (And in my experience, it simply works better.)

There is no “catch” to this offer. You will not be signing up for any “trial”.  You will jump right into some monthly program.  The single songs are lower in cost, the homeschooling and teacher are actually even cheaper but on a yearly payment plan.   You will have a few months of music to learn.  I can help.  Just email me.

Click here and claim your first class in the series now for utter beginners.

You won’t regret it.

Carol Anderson’s Gum Drop Note teaching method has worked very well for our kids. People are amazed at how well they can read and play music at such a young age. Our daughter can play music she’s never seen before by sight, and our son is into Suzuki Book Four after just three years of study.

– J. Schmidt

Download the sheet music and listen to the audio for a day before trying to play along with the video.  Each Master Class includes mp4 videos, mp3 audio, sheet music and more.

Master Classes


Christmas Carol Sheet Music and Play-alongs
The first month you will be charged the sale price of $100.00. Every month after you will be charged $75.00 until you cancel. Once canceled you will have to start at the tuition at the time. Enjoy the amazing difference playing and singing Christmas Carols in the comfort of your own living room. Almost anyone can learn a Carol with the Scales Aren't Just a Fish Thing method.
Price: $225.14
Price: $100.06


Violin - Pre-Twinkle – Practice on open strings Videos
As a member of the Parts of the Violin and Bows you pay $50 the first month and every month after that you will continue to have access to your Master Class and your credit card will be charged $40 until canceled. Once canceled you will be charged the initial price for any Master Classes you start. As a member, your price will be grandfathered in even if the original price goes up. One bit of information is presented through a large picture followed by a series of descriptions. With each pass through the book, a new description can be added. Eventually, the part and its use are understood without extra effort. Learning the names of the parts of an instrument is foundational to the study of that instrument. Instructions can be laser-focused by the teacher and carried out by the student without terms like: "Put your thumb on the 'thing-a-ma-jig' while you are bringing the 'whachamacallit' to the 'bottom'. Teachers can use the book on their computers to teach the parts of the instrument. Be sure to check out the playing card games "Go Fish" and "Memory for Non-Readers". Templates are in the digital books and at https://musictheorycardgames.org. Next, get acquainted with the strings on the violin and the position needed to play with quality.
Price: $100.06
Price: 50.00 USD 1st month


Violin - Let Your FIngers Do the Walking - Exercise Play-alongs
Membership in the 'Let Your Fingers Do the Walking' Master Class for the first month is $50.00 Every month after that your MasterClass will be available until canceled. The second month on your credit card will be charge $40 until you cancel. Your costs will not change as long as you stay a member even if the price goes up. Once canceled you will have to start with the current Master Class tuition. 5 Classes of exercises and practice on your fingers in the first position. 1st finger on the A string songs with sheet music and play-along music. Second finger on the A string songs and sheet music. Mary had a Little Lamb. Digital Books - Let Your Fingers Do the Walking. Songs for the third finger on the A string and Songs for the first finger on the E string. This book sets you up to play Twinkle and the songs in the Twinkle Master Class
Price: $100.06
Price: $50.03


Violin - Lunch Anyone?
The first month your subscription price will be the sale price of $50.00. Every month after you will be charged $40.00 until you cancel. You can upgrade to the next class but once you cancel you must pay the going tuition. Make a sandwich means to learn the structure of a piece of music. You will learn rhythms and put them together into a song. Starting with practice songs for just the individual fingers you will quickly learn the proper placement of your fingers. By the time you are done this module, you will be playing lots of tunes. Mary had a little lamb, Hot Cross Buns, and the rhythm sandwiches.
Price: $100.06
Price: $50.03


Violin - Twinkle - Gum Drop Notes
The first month you will pay the sale price of $50.00. Every month after you will be charged $40.00 until you cancel. Once canceled you will have to opt in at the going tuition. Hold onto your bow because it is going to be flying now. So many new songs to play. Twinkle, Baa Baa Black Sheep, ABC Song, This Old Man, Lightly Row, A All The Way, Song of the Wind, Row Row Row Your Boat, Rain Rain Go Away, Pussy Cat, Pease Porridge Hot, Diddle Diddle Dumplin, Chippy (Go Tell Aunt Rhody) London Bridge is Falling Down, Five Little Ducks, The Wheels on the Bus, Three Blind Mice, Old Mac Donald, Ring Around the Rosie,
Price: $125.08
Price: $50.03


Violin Master Class - Guppies Book 1 - level 3.
The first month you will pay the sale price of $50. The second month on you will pay $40 each month until canceled. Once canceled you will have to opt in at the regular tuition. The Guppies is the level after the Twinklers. It is book one level 3. Pre-Twinkle, Twinkle, Guppies, Salmons and Graduates make up Book one. Scales Aren't Just a Fish Thing is an amazing method of teaching music theory and sight-reading at the same time, while having fun. Every possible crutch to learning is given. The method uses the concept of nurturing into learning not testing so our brains don't set up a roadblock before we get started with learning to sight-read music. This volume of 'The Big Book of Gum Drop Notes' book one, includes both color-coded notes with stems indicating the string the note is played on and the notehead indicating which note is played and black notes. The following songs are included: Hey Diddle Diddle A Frog Went a Courtin' A Peanut sat on a Railroad Track Hickory Dickory Dock Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be Here We Go Around the Mulberry Bush Anchors Aweigh O Come Little Children Long Long Ago May Song Old MacDonald Had a Farm Allegro
Price: $125.08
Price: 50.00 USD per 1st month


Violin - Module 6 - Salmons - Scales Aren't Just a Fish thing
After the first month, you tuition costs go down until you cancel. Once canceled you will have to pay the tuition at the time. The tunes in this level of the Big Book of Gum Drop Notes are a bit of a challenge. Salmon swim against the current. It is a challenge for them but they are mono-focused. They want to accomplish the task. This is what will be required of us in this level of playing. Using the ‘gumdrop notes’ makes it easier. Almost too easy. It doesn’t seem to be an upstream battle. It isn’t our goal to become sophisticated or classy. Our goal is to learn to sight-read music as if it were a second language. Learning happens best when we are having fun. Most of all, our purpose is to ignite our sleeping brains, by using music as the catalyst, to pull each of us through whatever it is that challenges us. The Gum Drop Notes are an amazing system of color-coded notes structured to teach music theory without our being aware. Here are a list of the tunes: Perpetual Motion Doubles – Perpetual Motion – Solo – Alouette – Andantino – Ring Around the Rosie – Allegretto – Animal Fair – All the Pretty Little Ponies – Happy Birthday – Ode to Joy – Etude – Solo – Etude Doubles Bingo – Solo Bingo with rests
Price: $125.08
Price: 50.00 USD per 1st month


Violin - MasterClass - Graduates Book One
The first months' tuition will be $50.00. Every month after will be $40 until you cancel. Once canceled you will have to join the Master Classes at the normal tuition. The Scales Aren't Just a Fish Thing method works so quickly and efficiently that students fly through the curriculum, memorizing along the way. Why? Because every modality is addressed. And with that, each student is learning through their own unique learning style. Color-coding notes, play-along music, hints along the way to prevent anything incorrect from being learned, all makes this not only efficient but a yummy way to learn, practice and work until you master the results. Gum Drop Notes aren't sophisticated and classy but they take a student through a 'dark forest' of the unknown task and make it enjoyable. Violinists can assure themselves that they are playing correctly because each note has a bowing indication and each stem of the note reminds the student on which string they should be playing that note. An Open E string tone can be played, and often should be played with a fourth finger on the A string. Lots of reasons why but does a four-year-old care? No, they will play it correctly and understand fully down the road. They will shake their head at your explanation and when they are eight acknowledge what you said. At four, they have the capability to play well and efficiently but want it at lightning speed. Gum Drop Notes offers this and much more. Give them a try.Nick Nack Paddy Wack Gavotte by Gossec
Price: $125.08
Price: 50.00 USD per 1st month


Additional books for Violinists

Canons - Most in the key of C
The first month is at the sale price of $100 and every month after will be at $75.00 until canceled. Once canceled you will have to join at the tuition rate. The Canons - most in the key of C are a compilation of many rounds and canons for individuals with the play-along videos or a group
Price: $125.08
Price: 100.00 USD per 1st month


Fiddle Master Class
The first month you will pay the sale price of $100. Each month after, until canceled you will be charged $75.00. The violin is like our voice. It is the tool we use to produce different languages. Fiddle is a far cry from classical violin and a close cousin to Gypsy. Give it a try. Fiddle is played quickly in most cases. Download the sheet music and learn the song. Don't frustrate yourself by trying to play quickly when you are just learning the tunes. That will definitely come later. As always, any questions just email me at: carolanderson@scalesarentjustafishthing.com Enjoy the journey,
Price: $225.14
Price: $100.06


Violin Companion Books
The first month you will be charged $100.00. Each month after that you will be charged $75.00 until canceled. Once canceled you will have to opt back in at the regular tuition. Can you imagine playing 'The Flight of the Bumblebee"? It's possible with this course if you take each lesson and learn it well. Just as we studied the rhythms on the open strings, we will use these same rhythms to become familiar with each of the fingers used in first position. Take it slowly and enjoy the path of adding one finger at a time to your songs.
Price: $225.14
Price: $100.06


Pachelbel's Canon
First month $100. Each following month until canceled $50. Once canceled renewal will be at the tuition at the time. Pachelbel's Canon starts with previews of the most difficult passages. Once the previews are mastered, the student then begins the song with 'candy cane' notes. The notes are color-coded and lettered to give a solid foundation. Eventually, the student moves to black notes with very few prompts.
Price: $125.08
Price: 100.00 USD 1st month


Early One Morning
Early one morning is a cute fun tune. Starting on C Major you continue the song by going to D Major and then E Major etc. with the same tune. It is a great warm up or any instrument. Written for the violin with the stems indicating the string it is played on, this still works for mandolin, cello, piano and guitar. Give it a try.
Price: $225.14
Price: 100.00 USD per 1st month


Music theory card game templates

April Fool's Joke - Ten Minute Music Theory Card Games
For the first month of the subscription your credit card will be billed $45.00. The second month and on you will be billed $20.00 until you cancel. If you continue your membership you will received a new template each month. If you cancel you will have to repurchase your membership at the going tuition. Ten Minute Music Card Games introduce difficult music theory concepts one bit of information at a time.
Price: $45.03


Teachers Memberships

Teacher Membership - Beginner Violin
A teacher membership class for a year. You will be a member for one year @ $1,000. After that, your card will be billed monthly at $100 until you cancel. The Beginner class includes four of the preliminary classes for learning and teaching the violin to beginners. It starts with the Position and Parts of the instrument. Once the bow hold is well established there are lots of songs on the open strings for them to try their bow hold on. It moves onto 'Let Your Fingers Do the Walking' Master Class that teaches the fingers on the A and E string used for a number of songs Lunch Anyone is a Master Class teaching how songs are constructed and includes many exercise songs leading to Twinkle Twinkle. Twinkle Master Class is the real beginning to your journey of having songs in your pocket to play anywhere anytime. You will also have zoom meetings with me if you want. Email is a must. Keep in contact. Plus....great surprise bonuses throughout the year.
Price: 2,000.00
Price: $500.30


 Book One

Pre-twinkle books   digital books





Let Your Fingers

Do the Walking MasterClass





Salmon MasterClass

Graduate MasterClass

Book Two and UP

Fiddle MasterClass

Canons MasterClass

Pachelbel’s Canon MasterClass


 The Keepers Book Two




Book Three Level Books

The Manatees

Violin  Book three

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes



Begin to sight-read music

while having a yummy time 🙂

Teaching Tools to help our brains learn

more efficiently and embed music theory

behind the scenes.

Piano Sheet Music – Paperbacks



The Brain and how we process information



Violin Great Extra


Big Book of Gum Drop Notes


Ten Minute Music Theory


Card Games Series

card game templates