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• "67 Fun Songs" book (for ages 8+)
• "67 Fun Songs" Table of Contents with Audio Preview
• "67 Fun Songs Primer" book (for beginners ages 4-8)
• Quantity Discounts on Books
• Teacher and Parent Testimonials
• Teenage Testimonials
 
 

 

67 Fun Songs

The Revolutionary Jon Schmidt Note-Reading Method
"How to Note-Read on a Two Year Level in Ten Weeks or Less"

"His music is fun, humorous, soothing & soul searching. He breaks all the rules in regards to past conventional teaching methods. I use & love his new Note-Reading Method. I would encourage all to try Jon's method of teaching. You'll not regret it and your students will love you for it..."

— Teresa D. (Age 47) Sandy, UT

Jon and many teachers saw weaknesses with the traditional methods of teaching note-reading.

With the help of over twenty years of teaching, Jon has developed an amazing technique for teaching notes that leaves "Every Good Boy Does Fine" in the dust and has them note-reading on a two year level in 10 weeks or less. It is called, "The Jon Schmidt Note-Reading Method" (Beginners under age 8 should use the Primer book first, see below).

Regarding this revolutionary note-reading method, Piano Pedagogy Master, Barbara Shelton emailed the following:



I have taught piano for many years. I have been frustrated for a long time with the way my students learned the notes. I heard you speak about your method and decided to try it. There was no comparison between those first few students I tried your method on and the students before I tried it... Their sense or understanding of the keyboard is completely different from the previous students. They don't even have to look at the keys. They are set free to play anything, and they progress quickly. They enjoy playing piano. There is no frustration... I think that all of the frustrated teachers need to know this method... Thank you for the great note learning idea. It has helped my teaching immensely.

— Barbara Shelton, Master of Piano Pedagogy

 

Download the Note Reading Method Free

"My mom used to make me practice piano, but then I found Jon Schmidt. Now that thers something to play I like to play, I practice everyday as soon as I get home from track to practice. It really is good music."

— R. Ashby (Age 13) Chattanooga, TN

Included within Jon's book, "67 Fun Songs arranged by Jon Schmidt" is a bonus section entitled, "The Jon Schmidt Note-Reading Method". With this valuable tool in-hand, piano teachers now have a "dream resource" that they can incorporate into whatever agenda they already follow for all their beginning students. The Jon Schmidt Note-Reading Method is a clearly laid out week by week outline that will enable teachers to establish a proficiency with note-reading so firm that it will allow them to jump students two years into whatever teaching program they use in only 10 weeks or less!

   
From Jon's online store you may purchase "67 Fun Songs arranged by Jon Schmidt" music book, which includes "The Jon Schmidt Note-Reading Method". Or the "The Jon Schmidt Note-Reading Method" may be downloaded for free (for best results, right-click on this link to save this 3.9 MB file).

 

"67 Fun Songs" Table of Contents with Audio Preview

Below, you may listen to any of the arrangements within "67 Fun Songs arranged by Jon Schmidt". All songs were performed by Jon Schmidt and are in MP3 format.

NOTE: Unlike the professional acoustic piano recordings found on Jon Schmidt's albums, these are "demo" midi keyboard recordings of a lesser professional quality.

Table of Contents — 67 Fun Songs arranged by Jon Schmidt
   Title (click on title to listen to it)  Composer  Week
  All of Me (simplified)   661K Schmidt Seven
  Auld Lang   587K Folk Tune Four
  Beethoven's Fifth   375K Beethoven Three
* Big Purple Stuffed Dinosaur Song   228K Folk Tune One/Two
* Bingo   212K Folk Tune Five
  Blues Riff   1.0M Anon. Six
  Dumb Song (simplified)   513K Schmidt Three
  Camp Song (The Ash Grove)   636K Folk Tune Five
  Canon in D   2.6M Pachelbel Six
  Cat Came Back, The   579K Folk Tune Seven
* Charge!   269K Anon. Three
  Chinese Boogie   383K Schmidt Four
* Chopsticks   693K Folk Tune One/Two
* Clementi Sonatina, Theme From   840K Clementi Five
  Danny Boy   1.2M Folk Tune Seven
* Eencey Weencey Spider, The   326K Folk Tune One/Two
  Entertainer, The   449K Joplin Three
  Finlandia   1.0M Sibelius Four
  Four Seasons, The   652K Vivaldi Four
* Frere Jaque   285K Folk Tune One/Two
* Fur Elise   783K Beethoven Three
  German Dance   955K Beethoven Eight
  Go Tell Aunt Rody   497K Folk Tune Eight
  Greensleeves   1.9M Folk Tune Five
  Harmonius Blacksmith   677K Handel Four
  Harmonius Blacksmith (The Sequel)   644K Handel Four
* Head, Shoulder, Sneeze and Toes   212K Folk Tune One/Two
  Here Comes the Bride   1.2M Wagner Nine
  All the Pretty Little Horses   1.3M Folk Tune Six
* If You're Happy and You Know It   309K Folk Tune Four
  I Love the Mountains   407K Folk Tune Five
  Inter-Tribal Negotiation Failure   611K Schmidt Seven
* I Saw Three Ships   367K Folk Tune Five
* It's Raining, It's Pouring   260K Folk Tune One/Two
  Jingle Bells   489K Pierpoint Six
  Lightly Row   367K Folk Tune Six
* London Bridges Falling Down   244K Folk Tune One/Two
  Long Long Ago   562K Bayly Six
* Lullaby   465K Brahms One/Two
* Magic Flute, The   326K Mozart Four
  Masterpiece Theatre   440K Bach Three
  Minstrel Boy, The   1.1M Folk Tune Seven
  Minuet   734K Bach Five
* My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean   963K Folk Tune Four
* O Come Little Children   375K Folk Tune One/Two
* Ode to Joy   465K Beethoven One/Two
  Ode to Joy (a la Forest Gump)   1.2M Beethoven Six
  O Beautiful for Spacious Skies   562K Ward Five
* Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater   236K Folk Tune Three
  Pipers, The   481K Dandrieu Nine
* Prelude, Theme From   195K Bach Three
* Reville   220K Folk Tune One/Two
* Row Row Row Your Boat   865K Folk Tune Six
  Serenade   1.4M Haydn Four
* Shave and a Haircut   122K Anon. One/Two
* Silent Night   954K Gruber Seven
  Take Me Out to the Ball Game   579K von Tilzer Three
  That One Scary Song   334K Bach Three
* That One Song Every Kid Plays   596K Folk Tune Three
  Three Visually Challenged Mice   457K Folk Tune One/Two
  Twinkle Twinkle Little Star   449K Folk Tune Three
  Walt's   744K Haydn Six
  Waterfall (simplified)   1.2M Schmidt Five
  Water is Wide, The   726K Folk Tune Four
* Wheels on the Bus, The   269K Folk Tune One/Two
* Wise Man and the Foolish Man, The   277K Folk Tune Five
* You Have a Friend   1.6M Schmidt Three
  * denotes easiest songs

Keep checking back for new sheet music for all levels as it becomes available.

 

67 Fun Songs Primer (for beginners ages 4-8)

The Primer book takes the first 3 weeks of the note reading method and further simplifies it all the way to a 4 year old level if needed.

To Piano Teachers:
In "67 Fun Songs Primer" short lessons can easily be tailored to fit any child’s learning needs. For example: In a 30 minute teaching session, the student could finish two, three or more lessons.

To Parents:
Do it-yourself- books abound in print and on the internet. Where are the do- it-yourself piano lessons? Many parents would love to teach their children beginning piano in a tight economy. This book is finally the answer. Teaching beginning piano with this book requires NO musical experience! The information is clear, easy and accessible to all.



Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Higher and lower on the piano……………………..….5
Black keys are grouped in twos and threes…………6
Higher and lower on the staff……………………..…...6


Chapter 2: Meet the Anchor Notes
Right hand middle anchor note……………………..…8
Right hand bottom anchor note………………………10


Chapter 3: Stepping Down From Middle and Bottom Anchors
Stepping down from middle anchor……………….....14
Stepping down from bottom anchor…………………18


Chapter 4: Stepping Up From Middle and Bottom Anchors
Stepping up from middle anchor……………………..21
Stepping up from bottom anchor…………………….24


Chapter 5: Skipping
Skipping up from bottom anchor………………….…28
Skipping down from bottom anchor……………..…..32


Chapter 6: Left Hand Top Line Anchor Note
Left hand top anchor note………………...………….35
Step down from left hand top anchor…………..…….38
Step up from left hand top anchor……………………42
Skip up from left hand top anchor……………...……45
Skip down from left hand top anchor………………..48


Chapter 7: Left Hand Middle Line Anchor Note
Left hand middle anchor note………………………..51
Step down from left hand middle anchor…………….53
Step up from left hand middle anchor……….……….55


Chapter 8: Left Hand Bottom Anchor Note
Left hand bottom anchor note…………………..……57
Step up from left hand bottom anchor…...…………..59
Skip up from left hand bottom anchor………….……61


Chapter 9: Right Hand Top Line Anchor Note
Right hand top anchor note…………………….....…63
Step down from right hand top anchor…..…………..65
Skip down from right hand top anchor………………67


Chapter 10: Preparing for “Take Off”
Ledger Lines…………………………………………69
Sharps………………………………………………...70
Flats………..…………………………………………72


Additional Music from the book

Lessons 5-25
Lessons 27-38

 

Quantity Discounts on Books

"I have never before felt so inspired by a modern composer. This man has an amazing talent, which ought to be shared with every piano student taught today"

— Mary W. (Age 49) Provo, UT

Due to the many requests of piano teachers, we now offer a quantity discount in which teachers can buy Jon's piano books online for more than 25% off. When purchasing books in 12-packs the cost of each book drops to $11.99 (regularly $15.95), including shipping. Book variety 12-packs are also available where you choose the twelve books. We hope to accomplish two things by doing this:

  • Help piano teachers make a little extra money by reselling these books to their students at a modest profit.

  • Make it more convenient for piano students and their parents to obtain piano books prescribed by their piano teachers.

Visit the Quantity Discount book area to make selections.

 

Teacher and Parent Testimonials

Absolutely amazing! His music is inspires me to be a better pianist and teacher. — Genny R. (Age 55) Phoenix, AZ


Jon! You're the bomb! My students love your music. I hold recitals twice a year, and so far 5 of my students are in The Waterfall Club.... — Dave E. (Age 53) Agoura Hills, California


Having attended your teacher workshop on sightreading, I began that very day to use the ideas you presented with my students. We have all seen great results and my students are really happy about the growth they are making. ... Every one of my students is participating regardless of level. Thanks for a great idea and giving the student something of great value in a short amount of time. Also, thank you for your wonderful music, it has become a favorite ... — Carla W. (Age 29) Orem, Utah


I thoroughly enjoy listening and playing your music! It has saved some of my piano students because the songs are so enjoyable and different. Thank You and keep it up! — Lisa R. (Age 45) Spanish Fork, UT


Playing Jon's music renewed my son's interest in playing the piano. He'd begun getting bored with his lessons and now loves going in and playing since we got Jon's music. His teacher has been wonderful, encouraging him to play what he enjoys. Thanks Jon! — Andrea V. (Age 49) Sandy, Utah


I have never before felt so inspired by a modern composer. This man has an amazing talent, which ought to be shared with every piano student taught today. — Mary W. (Age 49) Orem, Utah


I attended your P. teacher's workshop last Saturday and was blown away - it's exactly what I was looking for. I talked to you a little about it afterwards. Thanks again so very much!!!! Your music touches my heart and reaches down deep into my soul. I could listen to you all day. Thank you for blessing and enriching the world through your music! — Laura W. (Age 16) Kearns, UT


I just barely began teaching piano lessons a few months ago. Your note-reading method has helped me tremendously! It's a lot better than what I've seen other books offer. Thanks! — Heather P. (Age 47) Murray, UT


Jon is a wonderful performer. His music is fun, humorous, soothing & soul searching. He breaks all the rules in regards to past conventional teaching methods. I use & love his new Note-Reading Method. I would encourage all to try Jon's method of teaching. You'll not regret it and your students will love you for it. Thank you Jon for your time, talent and showing the world of music good-clean fun with a little humor on the side. — Teresa D. (Age 47) Sandy, UT


I have a student who is crazy about your music (so am I!) He attended your concert at Thanksgiving Point in September.... When he saw your 67 Fun Songs version of 'Waterfall he learned it AND memorized it in one week - without being assigned. The next week he played THE WHOLE SONG for me with his eyes closed (and still does at every weekly lesson). A few after that he treated me with his cross-over hands version.... Thank you for all you do to better our world. — (Age 29) Kearns, UT


I attended one of your piano teacher workshops in the summer of 2003 before I started teaching piano. It was fabulous! I've started all my students with your method and everyone is so impressed with how well they are doing. — Carrie S. (Age 15) West Jordan, UT


I want to say how glad I am that Jon's music is in my life. I have taken piano for years and his books taught me how to love music. I have now begun teaching piano and I use his books to start to teach MY students the many joys of music. His music influences so many people and opens so many doors. It must be wonderful to make a living making beautiful music and touching so many lives in the process. — Lynne G. (Age 37) Riverton, UT


Thank you for opening the eyes of my male students... They have grown leaps and bounds using your books. They especially like your humor!! Best wishes. — Michelle S. (Piano teacher 15 (Age 42) Tremonton, UT


Thank you for your gift of music and your ability and willingness to share it with others. Your music has greatly inspired my 14 year old daughter and has motivated her to practice and greatly improve her piano playing... — Norman G. (Age 46) Fort Collins, CO


I absolutely love your music and your concerts! I went to one of your seminars on teaching note-reading and have incorporated those methods in teaching my students a number of years now. I am so impressed with the results! — Susie W. (Age ) Hyde Park, Ut


Met you at your Jorgensen's clinic. Had great success with your new fun songs and method with a student that has been through EVERY other method. Thank you... — Carole T. (Age 47) St. George, UT


I've only discovered Jon's music this week, while looking for some added way to help both my 11-yr. old daughter and myself improve on our note reading skills (separate from what we are learning from our piano instructor). We're both new piano students (as of January). 67 Fun Songs caught my eye at our local church bookstore. I checked out the website...started practicing his note reading method... and listening. Not only do I feel his music is exhilarating, but it's also very moving & motivating. At 47, I now have a favorite new age classical pianist. THANK YOU!!! — Terri M. (Age 47) Rancho Cordova, CA


As a former struggling piano teacher, I have something to say about the way you write music. Thank you. — B Harrison (Age 49) Fruitland, ID


My teenage students are very enthusiastic about your music. Many of them are very busy, but your music draws them to the piano to practice. I enjoy listening to piano music that reflects the musicality of the instrument itself. I also like your comic side notes in your music books... — Janet A. Sterling, Virginia


My 16 year old son is a piano student who is FANATICAL about your music. He first disovered All of Me and downloaded the sheet music from your web site. It was way beyond his ability to play but he wouldnt give up. For weeks and weeks it was all we heard around our house. I was sure he would get sick of it. But after two or three months, he would come into the kitchen after working on it and say, Mom that is the COOLEST song on earth! if I heard it once, I heard it 100 times). He has mastered it now and is working on both Dumb Song and Waterfall. He got one of your CD's and Book 3 for Christmas. The other day he said, Mom we have GOT to get all of his music in all of it's forms! I never have to bug him about practicing your music his piano teacher lets him pick one of your songs to work on). But I'm continually hearing your music when he should be practicing other stuff! — (Age 44)


You have been a life saver for my teen-age boy students....aside from the fact that your music is musical, lovely and exciting...it's just a plain blast to play! Your music is my dessert after all the have to classical drills. It's pleasure to have an artist of your calibre that I can enthusiastically refer my teen-age students to....someone with morals and especially with a sense of humor about not being the perfect pianist! Thank you for the breath of fresh air! (Piano Instructor for the last 30 some odd years!) — Lori A. (Age 47) LaVerkin, UT


I love the new new book 67 Fun Songs. This is an answer to prayer for my 13 year old son who was not wanting to learn piano, and now is mastering it through your great concept. My 79 year old father is also learning the notes through this method. Thanks for your hard work and creativity to bring this about! — M. Allsop (Age 40) Fort Collins, CO


I have recently begun teaching note-reading using Jon's method, and I teach two of my husbands siblings. My father-in-law has never read music in his life, but sings in his ward choir. I have spent hours playing his part over and over so he can learn it. A couple of days ago, he decided to figure out his own music, so I took maybe two minutes and taught him the anchor lines for the bass clef, and he caught right on and having no prior experience, learned to play his own choir part. There is no other method that I could have used to teach him that effectively and quickly how to read music. I was amazed and highly recommend Jon's note reading method. — T. Jenkins (Age 21) Nampa, ID

 

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