Dozens of teachers and parents have sent in notes:
"…thanks for a GREAT product."
"Thanks for your quick response to my order…
My students are already enjoying the cards."
"I’ve always wanted a game like this that I could
pull out when there is time left over, a shortened period,
or my lesson plan bombs out."
"I received the cards on Friday and couldn’t
help but play with them over the week end. These cards
are great. Thanks."
"…’Congrats’ on a great idea!"
"Have enjoyed your cards immensely."
"I received the Crazy 8ths cards and have been
enjoying them. What a clever game! My 8 year old daughter
likes it a lot and I think it can really help her."
"My students are just ‘Crazy’ for Crazy 8ths!!"
"The kids can’t wait to get them!"
"I love your idea!"
"Fantastic cards! Thank you!"
"My two children love to play cards and these
are so colorful and attractive!"
"I have been a piano teacher for many years and
have always found the hardest thing to motivate my students
to do was to memorize those lines and spaces! …this
will be an exciting new way for them to want to learn."
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Jan, a Colorado piano teacher, called after a
summer piano camp. The students were basically late-elementary
and middle school ages. She decided to try to get through
every game in the booklet. The students had a blast. They
liked the pictures, the word play, and the games, especially
"The Merry Widow" (possibly because she kept losing) and
"Lyre, Lyre" (because it was socially acceptable to lie).
She noted a great improvement on their reading skills by
the end of only one week.
Michael was 6, a son of a piano teacher, and the
youngest of 3 children (all musical). At first there
was resistance to play the games, and he would only do so
if his older sister would help him with the notes.
After a few months I called back for a update. Not
only were they all still playing and enjoying
but Michael was naming the notes as quickly as his siblings,
and frequently winning the games.
His mother noticed a significant event when she gave
him a new song that was in a different finger position than
the ones he already knew. Historically she had problems
with other students. But Michael didn't even bat an
eye, he went on with the song as if nothing was different.
She says it was definitely the cards that helped.
Christopher was 7, and had taken 2 1/2 years of
piano. Every night before bed, he was given a choice
of doing any activity with one of his parents. Every
night for weeks and weeks he would pick playing
games. Not only did his reading improve, but
he was having a great time that was spent with his parents,
one on one.
Mary and I struck up a conversation in the school
hallway one day. Somehow it moved to the subject of
music. She has two children currently taking Suzuki
piano lessons and knows they need to learn to read music,
but it wasn't going very well. She had begun piano at 7
herself and quit within a few years. Only a little
while back did she do some soul searching, being upset that
she never continued her lessons, and figured out why.
As a child she couldn't read the bass clef. Of course
my heart broke and I sent a game to her the very next day.
She has already reported that she's enjoying playing these
games with her kids and THEY won't have that same story
to tell their children!!
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THE MOZART EFFECT - "Two researchers reported
that college students who listened to 10 minutes of a Mozart
Sonata scored 8-9 points higher on a spatial-temporal test
than after 10 minutes of silence or relaxation tapes."
Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect endorses
Crazy 8ths by saying:
"Take note! 'Crazy 8ths' provides the child and parent with
more than numbers and figures. It allows young eyes to become
used to musical notation with ease, fun and creativity."
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA and UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
- "Giving piano lessons to pre-schoolers significantly increases
their ability to perform the types of reasoning required
for excellence in science and math. At the end of six months,
children who received piano lessons scored an average of
34 percent higher on the tests of spatial-temporal ability."
"Research shows that kids who are involved in music do
better in math, have better attendance, and do their homework.
Period." - School music teacher (Lafayette, CO).
The National Association
for Music Education website lists several studies relating
elevated achievement in students who also study music.
PIANO SALES HIT A HIGH NOTE (Cincinnati, Ohio) - Says
one piano buyer, "I played as a child. But I had also read
an article saying that playing piano helped young children
in math and science. That clinched it for me."
WILL PIANO LESSONS MAKE MY CHILD SMARTER? - New Studies
Suggest that Playing Music may Improve Learning, Memory,
Logic and General Creativity - Georgia Governor Zell Miller
wants to make $105,000 of his budget available so that each
newborn child in the state would be sent home from the hospital
with a CD or tape of classical music. "No one doubts that
listening to music, especially at a very early age, affects
the reasoning that underlies math and engineering and chess."
"All children in Daviess County's elementary schools
were given piano lessons this year. The idea was to build
up brains..." A Western Kentucky University research team
plans to study these children for the next 12 years (Owensboro,
"College students who listened to a Mozart Sonata scored
higher on intelligence tests. And separate experiments showed
that children who took piano lessons also scored higher
on intelligence tests." - Boulder Daily Camera (Boulder,
"A new study by Chinese psychologists shows that children
who have spent a few years learning to play a musical instrument
also end up with better verbal skills . . ." - Boulder
Daily Camera (Boulder, CO).
The proof is here. Make sure your children are exposed
to music. And if they are taking private lessons, help them
"study" their notes by playing Crazy 8ths.
Music is in the Cards."