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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

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Violin, piano, cello – MasterClass – Christmas Module

Christmas Carol Sheet Music and Play-alongs
The Christmas Masterclass is for the piano, cello, violin ,harp and mandolin.The first month you will be charged the sale price of $100.00. Every month after you will be charged $35.00 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

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Master Class – Twinkle Twinkle and friends

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

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Master Class – Let Your Fingers Do the Walking – Exercising Fingers

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

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Master Class – Lunch Anyone?

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

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Master Class – Twinkle Twinkle and friends

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

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Violin – Master Class – Guppies

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

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Violin – MasterClass – The Salmons

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

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Violin – Graduates MasterClass

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

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Additional books for Violinists

Violin — Canons – MasterClass

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

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Violin – MasterClass – Fiddle

Fiddle Master Class
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. The first month you will pay the sale price of $100 Each month after, until canceled you will be charged $75.00. As always, any questions just email me at: carolanderson@scalesarentjustafishthing.com Enjoy the journey,
Price: $225.14
Price: 100.00 USD per 1st month

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Violin – MasterClass – Companion Songs

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

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Violin -MasterClass – Pachelbel

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

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Early One Morning

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

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Music theory card game templates

Ten Minute Music Theory Card Games – April Fool’s Joke

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

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Teachers Memberships

Beginner Violin Membership

Teacher Membership - Beginner Violin
A teacher membership class for a year. You will be a member for one year @ $500. 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: 3,500.00
Price: $500.30

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Violin Keepers Teacher membership- Book 2

Keepers - Level 2 Violin MasterClass
Your credit card will be charged for a year's membership the first year. After that you will be on a monthly schedule. ($150.00) Scales Aren't Just a Fish Thing takes the study of music one step further and color-codes all the notes, adds music theory card games and play-along sheet music. Every student, no matter their age or learning style or difference, can easily move through the music and memorize as they go. Learning of difficult music theory concepts takes place through the silent clues: musical stems the color of the string the note is played, sharps and flats circled with the color of the note it is moving toward, color-coding of each note. No need for correction at your next lesson. Never practice incorrectly again with all the clues and crutches offered with Scales Aren't Just a Fish Thing. Chorus from Judas Maccabeus, Musette by JS Bach, Hunter’s Chorus by Weber, Waltz by Brahms, Long Long Ago by Bayly, Amazing Grace, Bourree by Handel , Eensy Weensy Spider, Two Grenadiers by R. Schumann , Witches Dance by Paganini, Air on G String, Gavotte by Lully, Gavotte from Mignon by Thomas, Minuet in G by Beethoven, Rigoletto by Verdi, Minuet by Boccherini, The Teddy Bear Picnic
Price: $2,251.35
Price: $1,100.66

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The Manatees - Teacher Membership Martini to Becker and more
You will be subscribed to 'The Manatees' until you cancel. The first year your credit card will be charged for the sale price of the tuition. After that, you will be charged monthly ($150) for your membership. If you cancel you will have to pay the full tuition price. This Master Class includes Gavotte by Martini where we play a game of making a massive sandwich that we put together to memorize the song. 1 Gavotte by Martini 2 Minuet Three by Bach 3 Gavotte in G Minor 4 Humoresque by Dvorak 5 Gavotte by Becker 6 Gavotte in D Major by J.S.Bach 7 Bourree by Bach plus more
Price: $3,752.25
Price: 1100.00 1st yr/monthly $150

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The Dolphins - Book 4 Seitz to Bach Double and more
The subscription for this Master Class is $1100. Each month after that your card will continue to be charged the sale price of $150.00 a month until you cancel. Cancel at any time. If you cancel, the price will go to the regular tuition. The Dolphins is a massive Master Class full of huge songs. It might take you a year to get through them all. Be sure to email me with any questions or for tutorials during your adventure. 1 Seitz 1 Concerto No2, 3rd Movement 2 Seitz 2 Conceto 5 1st movement 3 Seitz 3 Concerto 5 3rd Movement 4 Schubert Lullaby 5 Brahms lullaby 6 Concerto in A Minor 1st Movement - Vivaldi 7 Concerto in A Minor 3rd Movement - Antonio Vivaldi 8 Concerto for Two Violins - J.S. Bach Violin I
Price: $3,001.80
Price: $1,100.66

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Piano Beginner Master Class

Piano white key tunes - staff and keyboard
The first month your subscription price will be the sale price of $100.00. Every month after you will be charged $75.00 until you cancel. You can upgrade to the next class but once you cancel you must pay the going tuition. The Master Class 'Piano white key tunes - staff and keyboard' starts you on the path of understanding the piano keyboard and the tones that are produced.
Price: $125.08
Price: 100.00 USD per 1st month

Piano Twinkle Level
The first month you will be charged $100. After that the tuition will go down to $75.00 a month until you cancel. Once canceled you will have to opt in at the regular tuition. Twinklers Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Is a song written by Mozart and known by almost all children in all languages. Even though we continue to play the same melody with both hands, this song does present a bit of a challenge. Have fun! A All the Way A Study of the A note on the piano keyboard Song of the Wind Hop over the fence is a preview spot for this tune. Practice it first. Listen to the mp3 over and over again A Huntin We Will Go Just a fun tune to build your technique Chipmunks Love Peanuts (Go Tell Aunt Rhody) Instead of singing about a goose, I have changed the words and we sing about a cute little chipmunk. It's fun and a great encouragement. There are two base lines. See if you can do them both Row Row Row Your Boat This song can be played in a 'round' with a number of players starting a few measures in and continuing to repeat the song for a while. The following songs are written so the piano can play along with the violin in the Suzuki Method.  It is different than the music in the Suzuki repertoire.   When played, all instruments will work well together. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star ABC Song Baa Baa Black Sheep The Bear Went Over the Mountain Lightly Row A All the Way Song of the Wind A Hunting We Will Go Chipmunks Love Peanuts Row Row Row Your Boat
Price: $225.14
Price: $100.06

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.