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  • Writer's pictureDiane Hidy

All Cooped Up

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

Is it just me, or are you feeling cooped up these days?

I feel like I'm spending all my brain power trying to master the technology to do things that I don't even really want to do. The actual music I'm using, the thing about which I care the most, has been feeling like an afterthought.

My youngest students have been the most frustrating. They have a delightful selection of books at home, many of which I don't have copies of because, um, why would I need them? They bring the book to the lesson, we use it. Except now. I needed more pieces around the level of Attention Grabbers Book One. Pieces hovering between Primer and Level One of a method book.

I've been getting email after email from teachers asking for help with this problem. What could they do about not having copies of all the Method Books their students use? Not to mention all the other supplemental books?

Personally, I needed pieces for Charlie and Thomas and Natalie and Olivia and I needed them yesterday.

It was hard, but I took all my frustration and anger and turned it into a little book of pieces called All Cooped Up. I thought the title and the lighthearted music might give us a chance to find the humor in our situation and still give me dynamite pieces to teach.

I hope you'll like All Cooped Up. I taught the pieces online this week to my students and they loved them. Woo-hoo!

You can see sample pages of all the pieces or purchase All Cooped Up at the store at TeachWithDiane. It costs less than $5 for the studio license (instantly download and send it to as many students as you'd like) because who suddenly has a big budget for music?

(If you're already a member of TeachWithDiane, the piece is included at no charge with your membership.)

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