FAQs and Troubleshooting

//FAQs and Troubleshooting
FAQs and Troubleshooting 2016-12-31T15:19:34+00:00

Thank you for your order! Here are a few common questions with detailed answers about downloading items from the ComposeCreate store.


The best way to do this is to get them  on your home computer first where you can unzip them easily. Then, you’ll just need to transfer the to iTunes and sync your iPad. If you don’t have iTunes on your PC, you can download it on the Apple site and follow the directions that are on this site.

How to get them to your iPad and/or play with iTunes (assuming you have iTunes on your computer):

  1. Click on the link (be sure to do this to both). This will cause them to download to your computers “downloads folder.”
  2. To open the zipped files, find them in your downloads folder and then double click. This will extract the files to a folder.
  3. Double click the folder that is created to see all the tracks.
  4. Open iTunes and drag the files from Finder to iTunes.
  5. After you put them  in iTunes, be sure to connect your iPad to your computer and you’ll sync the files and be able to see them on your iPad. 

How to download the beats straight to your iPad:

  1. Go to the iPad email program. Open the email and click on the link. The email program will automatically take you to a browser and will have a box that says “Open in” or “Open in iZip.” Choose “Open in iZip.”
    Open in izip
  2. Your iPad will take you to iZip and iZip will say “Would you like to extract all files?” Say OK.
  3. The files will be there and you can click on any of them to play them! You can select individual files and click the “open in” choice at the bottom of the screen to open in AnyTune if you have that installed. That will give you more controls for pausing, looping, etc. [NOTE: Apple does not let you play mp3s on iTunes that are not purchase through iTunes, UNLESS you download them to your computer first, drag them to iTune on your computer and then sync your iPad to that.]

While on your iPad or iPhone, simply check your email and click the download link that comes to you after you order. Then, when the PDF opens up, tap the document and you will see an “open in…” message appear. Choose which program you want to open your PDF in and your iPad or iPhone should save it in that program.

If you have already downloaded the PDF on your desktop and your link is expired or used too many times, simply visit this page to get a new download link so that you can open it on your iPad.

It sounds like you are on a Mac or perhaps don’t have the latest Adobe Reader installed on your PC. Mac defaults to the “preview” program to open PDFs, but this is not a fully enabled PDF viewer program. Make sure that you download the free Adobe Reader (the industry standard for viewing and printing PDFs) and if you have it downloaded and are using it, make sure it’s the latest version. You can get it or update it here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/ Then right click on the file and choose to open it in Adobe Reader.

If Adobe Reader doesn’t appear to be one of the choices when you right click the file, your computer doesn’t really have Adobe installed. Be sure to find the .dmg file in your downloads and double click to download it. It will take you through the steps easily.

Another way to do this:

Make sure you have Adobe already installed. Then, go to your programs or apps folder and open Adobe Reader. Click the file button on the upper left corner while in Adobe Reader and choose Open. Then, browse out to find the file and click on it. This should open it and display everything with no problem!

  1. Go to your App store on your iPad and search for and download the free Winzip program.
  2. Go back to your mail and click on the download link from the email I sent you.
  3. This will launch your browser and it will ask you where you want to open it. Choose to open it with WinZip.
  4. Your files will extract automatically and you can play (if it’s an mp3) or view (if it’s a PDF) from the WinZip program.
  5. If you wish to move it to another program (like you want to move your PDF to Notability or Adobe Reader), then click the little icon on the top right that looks like a square with an arrow pointing up. This will give you other programs options for opening and storing these files.
  6. P.S. If you want to move your mp3 files to iTunes, Apple does not make an option for this. You’ll have to move these to your desktop and move them to iTunes from there and then sync with your devise. You can still play the mp3s from WinZip or I would recommend downloading and moving it to AnyTune so that you can control the speed!!!!
It sounds like you are on a Mac or perhaps don’t have the latest Adobe Reader installed on your PC. Mac defaults to the “preview” program to open PDFs, but this is not a fully enabled PDF viewer program. Make sure that you download the free Adobe Reader (the industry standard for viewing and printing PDFs) and if you have it downloaded and are using it, make sure it’s the latest version. You can get it or update it here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/ Then click on the file and choose to open it in Adobe Reader.
We now have a special page that you can use to have download links to ALL of your past purchases emailed to you. Go to Past Purchases Help to use this handy tool. Please note: If you purchased a product at a live event, you may not be able to use this feature and will need to email me (please allow 24-48 for a response, longer if it is the weekend). 
Check your spam or junk folder. Ninety-nine percent of the time when you can’t find  it, it is there. If you will check that and mark the email from ComposeCreate.com as “not junk” or move it to your inbox, you’ll usually not have this problem again. Be aware that if you used a spouse’s Paypal account, it will be in their inbox!

If you used an eCheck, you will not receive an email with a link until after the check has cleared Paypal. This can take up to 10 days.

Just press enter/return on your keyboard. Chances are, your screen is small enough that you can’t see the “okay” button that’s at the bottom of the javascript message. The message just appears when you open it to remind you not to print it all at once (it will overwhelm home printers) and to kindly remind you of the copyright.

Of course! When you click the “Check out with Paypal button,” there will be an option to pay without creating a Paypal account. Click the “Don’t have a Paypal account” text and you can check out quickly, easily, securely and without an account.

If you do not wish to do that, you can always email me your phone number and I can charge your credit card through a different service than Paypal.

Please tell your teaching friends about the ComposeCreate website. Though thousands of teachers know and use the site daily, even more don’t even know it exists. Thank you for your continued support and your frequent emails about how you are able to use these resources.



  1. martha erickson May 22, 2014 at 8:02 am

    hi wendy,
    I just downloaded your rhythm cups book. I do not have an ipad and really don’t want to print this out on my printer.
    I can bring this to a copy store and make into book form right? Your thoughts and ideas?
    Thank you,

  2. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens May 22, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Hi Martha,

    Absolutely! You can take it to a printer and they can make it into a book form beautifully. If you are an MTNA member, be sure to use your MTNA discount card and you can get cheaper color copies if you use Office Depot!

  3. Jeanne August 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

    It appears that these materials aren’t available in regular book format. Is that correct? I love your stuff but would like to have it a regular paper copy without having to download, so I’m just checking. Thanks!

  4. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens August 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Jeanne,

    Thanks for your interest! You are right that a majority of my items are downloads. You can definitely take them to a printer to have them printed though if you want to do that.

    There are a few books on the music page (look at All is Calm Christmas, Rejoice, and a few others) that are actual books that you can order. Thanks!

  5. Marla August 29, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I recently purchased Rhythm Menagerie and I was wanting to project it for a classroom, but to convert to a power point it asks for a password. Is there another way to do this that I’m not just not thinking of? Or do you provide a password to do such a thing?

  6. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens September 8, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Hi Marla,

    Sorry for the delay responding…I’ve been out of the office for a much needed break. I think the best way to do this is just to show it in the Adobe Reader program. You can enlarge pages or just show page by page in that program. Thanks for your purchase and I hope your students have fun!

  7. Janna Blomquist April 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Wendy!

    I purchased an unlimited studio copy of Mob Bop on 3/17 and downloaded and saved it on the spot! Or at least I saved the PDF file but I can’t seem to find the MP3 for the accompaniment anymore! Can you help me?

  8. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens April 22, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Yes of course, Janna! I just sent you an email. We’ll get you taken care of! ~Wendy

  9. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens April 24, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Hi Janna,

    I sent you an email a few days ago with help! Do let me know if you’ve received it. I’ll make sure you are taken care of. Thanks!

  10. Margaret Mayhugh May 1, 2015 at 8:48 am

    GM, Wendy. I registered for both of your workshops on Wed. Apr. 29th. I received the confirmation e-mails from you, but have not yet received the e-mails from GotoWebinar. Not in my Spam box either. I believe there is only a 72-hour window in which to access this info from GotoWebinar.

  11. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens May 1, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Hi Margaret!

    Thanks again for registering. I’m sorry you haven’t received anything from GoToWebinar! You are indeed registered with them, so I’m not sure why their confirmation didn’t get to you. I just logged in and sent you your confirmation emails from them which have your link by which you can join on May 12th and 14th.

    Please let me know when you receive these!

    Thanks so much!

  12. Sophie May 15, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Hi I am in the same boat as Margaret- ordered the marketing and taxes webinar yesterday but no email from go to webinar in inbox or junk folder.

  13. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens May 15, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Sophie,

    Thanks so much for letting us know that you were still waiting. Yesterday, we were still editing, rendering, polishing and uploading the video, so it wasn’t available yet. Unfortunately, we have to manually give access to the recording (unlike purchasing rhythm books and music which generate automatically), so we need a little extra time to do the back side things to get you access.

    BUT the good news is that you should now have access! I just sent you a separate email about how to access it. Let me know if you don’t get it!


  14. Joe Klice May 20, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I’m hoping you can clarify this situation. I ordered both the Rhythm Cup Explorations and BEATS via your website via Paypal to my credit card. My statement shows that I was charged as of 4/22. I’ve NEVER received anything – no notification that you received my order, no pdf’s, no audio files, nothing. I’ve checked and rechecked my spam – nothing. I sent you an e-mail asking why I was not receiving my purchase. No response.

    My piano teaching colleagues have recommended you. I hope that this is just some glitch, and that I can continue to believe in that recommendation.

    Thank you for a timely response.

    Joe Klice

  15. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens May 20, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Dear Joe,

    I’m sorry you haven’t been getting my messages! My email shows that my website send you your order confirmation and download link within minutes after you purchased it on 4/21. Then, I responded to your email that you sent 5/4 right away (as I always do when someone is having trouble…unless it comes on the weekend). SO, there must be something about your email that is keeping my messages from coming through. Please check your spam filter for an email from ComposeCreate.com from 4/21 and 5/4 and you can see that I have been indeed responded and trying to get you your order!

    Please email me and we can try this again! I haven’t been receiving bounces from your address, so I’m guessing that it’s just ending up in your spam.

    Keep me posted and if you can’t get something through or don’t get a response, you might send me a different email address to which I can try to deliver it.

    We’ll figure it out! I never give up on customers and always make sure they get what they order! 🙂


  16. Joe Klice May 20, 2015 at 12:43 pm


    I appreciate your timely response. However, as I look back to both my e-mail inbox and spam inbox for both dates of 4/21 and 5/4, there is no correspondence from you. I did receive a payment confirmation on 4/21 from Paypal, but nothing from you. And there is no e-mail from 5/4. Obviously, something is amiss, either from your end, my end, or our servers. I did receive your message above as a private e-mail to the address. Hmmmm. I also have two other addresses you could use: and . I’m sure there is a solution to this problem. Thank you.


  17. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens May 20, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Joe,

    Yes, sometimes there is no great explanation to an undelivered email. You should have a new email, complete with all your download links (fresh ones) in all of the email addresses that you sent me.

    Since there was no bounce on your email address, and since I did respond to your email on 5/7, I had no idea that you didn’t get those emails. I apologize for that. I go the extra mile to make sure everyone gets what they order when I know that there is a problem.

    Please know that customers and orders take #1 priority around here and I hope this quick response to your comment will confirm that should you choose to order again.

    Thanks again for your patience!


  18. Joe Klice May 20, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Wendy,

    Thanks for your perseverance. This time the downloads appeared on all e-mail address sites. You have turned me into a satisfied customer. I commend you on your positive approach to your business and your customers, and your commitment to solving any and all problems! Through this process you have shown how we as piano teachers can approach problems in our studios and solve them positively and creatively. Thanks!

    If other Mac users experience difficulties downloading materials, I recommend using Chrome as your browser.

  19. Shannon December 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I haven’t received the link for my order from Nov 11th. I did receive the PayPal receipt but no other correspondents from you for the PDFs.

  20. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens December 1, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Hi Shannon! You must not be receiving my replies. I sent you an email on November 25th in response to your email to me. Check your spam or junk folder and I’ll bet you’ll find it there! If you don’t, send me another email wendy at composecreate .com and then watch your spam filter for my response. You’ll also be able to re-generate your download links here, but again, your email must be filtering my messages, so watch your spam when you do. https://composecreate.com/store/past-purchases-help/

    Keep me posted!

  21. Bruce Becker January 5, 2016 at 6:45 am

    I just downloaded and can’t wait to share with my students. Which pages go with the mp3 because the second book has 3/4 Time, but the mp3 don’t match.

  22. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens January 5, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Hi Bruce,

    Thanks for your purchase! Good question. There are only mp3s for book 1 at this time, but we are working on the ones for Book 2. Some of the mp3s in book 1 go with pages in Book 2, but obviously not with the compound meter or triple meter. For Book 1, you’ll see on the page which track to use.

    I hope that helps at least explain it. I’ll let you know in a newsletter when the book 2 beats are available.

    Thanks again!

  23. Charlene Revel; January 5, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    I would love to use your materials but I teach at a public school and can access my funds only through the school purchase order system. Can you accomodate?

  24. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens January 5, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Charlene,

    Thanks so much for your interest! Yes, let me tell you how we can do that! We do require payment before sending the download links for the products, so here are two ways your school can do that with a purchase order:

    1. Have your school contact me to let me know what it is you would like to order (and have them include your email, their email, and your name, and what the purchase order number should be). I can create a purchase order and send that to them. They can pay for this immediately with a credit card and then after it’s paid, I can send your items.

    2. Your school can also send a check after I invoice them. They’ll need to let me know it’s coming and then I’ll be on the lookout for it and deposit it as soon as it’s here. My bank notifies me via email when a check is clear, so as soon as it’s clear, I can send you the download links for your items.

    Let me know if you have any other questions!

    Thanks again for your interest!

  25. Jeanne Kent January 27, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I bought the Rhythm Menagerie Book and read about using it digitally instead of printing. When I tried to email from my iPad it would only give me the option to mail the whole book. Is there a way to mail one page at a time or maybe I need to load it on my computer and try it there?

  26. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens January 27, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Jeanne,

    Thanks again for your purchase! The file doesn’t allow emailing individual pages. However, you can take a picture on your iPad to send. You can usually do this by pressing the home button and the side button at the same time. I hope that helps!

  27. Debbie Menard March 1, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Hi, Wendy – In January I purchased Rhythm Cup Explorations and the Rhythm Beats mp3s as well. Today I attempted to unzip these files and it says they are empty. I was using Extract on my computer, so I followed your suggestion, downloaded WinZip and tried it that way. It said something about not having been archived. Anyway, I’m at a loss. Help, please! Thank you.

  28. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens March 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Debbie,

    The file download links expire after 4 days so that is probably what happened here. To get new files, you’ll need to visit this page: http://www.composecreate.com/store/past-purchases-help/ Let me know if that doesn’t help!


  29. Daphne August 22, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I have ordered music in the past as studio license pieces. How do I find that music now?

  30. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens August 22, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Daphne,

    I just sent you an email about how to get new links. My website would have sent you an email within minutes of you ordering, so check your email and you can see how to get new links. If the email doesn’t come through, be sure to add “wendy@composecreate.com” to your contacts to “whitelist” my email address and be sure it comes through. Keep me posted! I’ll always make sure you get what you ordered!


  31. Linda Poelzer January 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I just discovered your website today! Awesome! Love it! I am wondering if you ship to Canada? Thanks

  32. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens January 5, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Hi Linda!

    Thanks so much for coming to the site! You’ll love the ComposeCreate community…there are great comments and ideas from other members, so always be sure to scroll down to see those.

    Yes, I do ship to Canada. It’s expensive, but you probably already know that. Many of our products are digital, so you don’t have to have shipping with those. However it if the button that you push to add it to your cart says “Add prints to cart” or “Add book to cart,” that’s when you know that it will need to be shipped. Then, shipping will be added to your total after you click the check out button. You’ll be able to see the shipping amount before you pay!

    Thanks so much for asking. Let me know if you need help finding anything!


    Wendy Stevens

  33. Joyce Jackson February 9, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Hi Wendy, I just purchased the sheet music for Bald Escape and am unable to see the music. I also downloaded the Adobe file. What should I do next”


  34. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens February 11, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Hi Joyce,

    I just emailed you to help! Let me know if you didn’t get the email!

  35. Joanne Ehrlich February 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Wendy, I can’t figure out from your instructions how to down load the mp3’s on my computer. I’ve tried your links,but just get more confused. could you walk me through it —SLOWLY? again. Joanne

  36. Dorothy February 16, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Hi Wendy, Are your sound tracks available on iTunes? I would like to purchase the music to use with my iPhone and portable speaker in my music class. How would I go about getting your music on my phone?

  37. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens February 16, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Dorothy,

    Thanks for asking! No, they are not available on iTunes. To get them to iTunes, you’d have to put them on your commputer and then sync your phone with itunes that way. There are directions about how to do that above.

    Thanks for using rhythm cups!

  38. Melinda Brown February 23, 2017 at 10:01 am

    HI Wendy! Nothing ventured, nothing gained:) I am purchasing your piece The Royal Invitation. I saw the bundle price for it along with The Bold Escape. I purchased The Bold Escape last year. Any chance I can get a small discount on The Royal Invitation since I already have The Bold Escape. This penny pinching teacher just needed to ask! 🙂

  39. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens February 24, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Hi Melinda,

    Thanks for asking, but I’m sorry I can’t help with that! I WILL tell you though how you can always gets the sale cause I know that’s important ! Every piece that we release is on sale through Friday of the release date. So be sure to check your email on Tuesdays and Wednesday to make sure you don’t miss anything. Royal Invitation was on sale I think about 3 weeks ago.

    I hope that helps with future penny pinching! 😉

  40. Roberta E Peterson March 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Hi, I teach piano lab at an inner city High School in Phoenix Arizona, and I would love to use your Rhythm materials with my kids. Is the Studio license enough to cover my situation, and if I buy the Rhythm bundle, is the Studio License included? Thanks! I have to have my Req in by this Wednesday for Instructional Aids, so I appreciate your quick response. Is the bundle entirely downloadable, or do I get a hard copy?

  41. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens March 6, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Roberta,

    Thanks for your interest in the rhythm materials!

    The studio license comes with any of our rhythm books like Rhythm Menagerie, Rhythm Manipulations, Rhythm Cup Explorations 1, Rhythm Cup Explorations 2, and Holiday Rhythm Cup Explorations. You can use the resources for every student YOU directly teach. You only need to purchase more than one IF there is another teacher teaching from it. They would need their own studio license.

    And yes, you can use the one resource with as many teachers or classroom in which YOU are teaching!

    We keep the prices down on our rhythm products by making them available digitally. We send a high quality PDF of the entire book to you and the mp3s are also high quality. If you wish to make your own print, that is within the license when you purchase it provided you are the only teacher teaching from it.

    I hope that helps! Feel free to email me any other questions you have!

  42. kimmy March 18, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    HI Wendy! I ordered my books before March 9th and I have not received them. Can someone let me know the status of the shipment? I am soooo excited to do this with my middle school kiddos. They will love it! Thank you! Kimmy Sanders

  43. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens March 28, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Hi Kimmy,

    I emailed you a few days ago with your answer! Please let me know if you didn’t get it. I’m always happy to help!

  44. Jeanne Kent April 5, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I was wondering if I can send copies of the mp3s to my students to practice with. It seems with the studio license I should be able to but I wanted to be sure. One has requested it! 😃

  45. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens April 5, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Hi Jeanne,

    That’s a great question! The answer to that is under the license info on the Beats page and I’ll paste a version of it here for you:

    How can I legally use Rhythm Cup Explorations Beats?

    “You have permission to use Rhythm Cup Explorations Beats with your students during their lessons. However, you are not permitted to send the entire set of tracks to any of your students. Instead, you can send students up to 4 mp3s (that would be all the tracks for one page) per week, but if you want them to have ALL of the tracks, you students must purchase them here. This license cannot be shared with or transferred other teachers, even within the same studio. See terms and conditions for full information.”

    I’d just tell the parents to go purchase it themselves. At $5.99 (book 1) and $8.99 (2nd book), it’s an easy investment for them (and keeps me in business since I can’t make any money off repeat purchases like publishers do with method books).

    Thanks so much for asking and especially for abiding by copyright laws. I’m sure you can imagine how much I appreciate it! 🙂

  46. Susan Nicholes July 8, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Wendy,
    I just ordered the bundled package of your rhythm cup explorations. I only received a link for the Rhythm Cup Explorations book and the beats, but there was not a link for the Book 2. Please let me know what happened and if I can get the Book 2. Thanks. Susan Nicholes

  47. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens July 15, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Susan!

    Sorry for the delay. I’m out of the office with limited internet. I just checked and it looks like you got all the links. Perhaps one just didn’t get clicked?

    If you’d like to re-generate your links and try again, you can do so here: https://composecreate.com/store/past-purchases-help/

    Keep me posted!

  48. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens July 18, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Dear Susan,

    I’m sorry I didn’t see this until now. I have been out of the office. I checked your links and Rhythm Cup Explorations 2 was the 4th link in the set of links that you were sent in your Thank You email. It’s possible that you might have accidentally skipped over that one (I do that all the time)!

    By now, your links will have expired, but you can get new links here (but only for a VERY limited time because we are moving to a new store soon). https://composecreate.com/store/faqs-and-troubleshooting

    Let me know if you have any other questions!


    Wendy Stevens

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