Life skills through music lessons for kids 4+ in Park Slope & surrounding neighborhoods of Brooklyn, NY

Dear parent

Dear parent


My name is Andrew and I want to welcome you to Park Slope Music Lessons.   We serve the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park.


I started this school to specialize in teaching music to children.  I believe music should be an essential part of every child’s education and should be fun, and enjoyable while teaching the building blocks of music, art and life!


We teach the basics using a unique non-traditional method called the Musicolor Method™ which begins with voice and piano/keyboard and then branch out to other instruments.  The piano/keyboard is a great way to learn the basics of music because it is so visually laid out.


All styles of music are included and tailored to your child’s interests.  So whether it’s classical, folk, reggae, pop, Broadway, film scores, rock, jazz, or klezmer, we have it covered.


Take a look at some of the videos to see the results!

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. – Plutarch



To inspire, instill and unleash creativity, artistic appreciation, expression and wonder in children/young people through learning music. Music has the power to bring joy, focus, self-confidence, discipline, and has been proven to grow neural connections in the brain. There have been many studies showing that music lessons make you smarter. Music is also just plain fun to play, listen or dance to!

“Highly Recommended” – As reviewed by Park Slope Parents

Instruments We Teach

  • Piano
  • Keyboard
  • Voice
  • Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Recorder
  • Dulcimer
  • Strumstick
  • Flute
  • Sax
  • Clarinet

Subjects We Teach

  • Songwriting & Composition
  • Music Production
  • Music Notation
  • Music Transcription
  • Music Arranging
Life Skills Through Music

Life Skills Through Music

We believe that music education is not just about performing or entertaining.  It’s about developing practical, transferrable and applicable skills to all areas of life including school, work and social development.

Music education is an excellent path to developing:

  • Practice and study skills
  • Public performing, presentation and speaking
  • Perseverance, grit
  • Goal-setting
  • Mindfulness and consciousness
  • Awareness and appreciation of beauty
  • Listening
  • Harmony, sharing and socialization
  • Synthesis of ideas
  • Awareness of structure and composition
  • Improvisation
  • And so much more!
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Since 2007, Park Slope Music Lessons has been delivering quality music education to children as young as 3 and 4 years old, grounding them in the basics of keyboard skills, music theory, harmony, solfége, rhythm and reading music.  The instruments range from piano/keyboard to guitar, ukulele, strumstick, dulcimer, recorder and basic percussion.

The school is owned and operated by Andrew Ingkavet, who has created a unique way of teaching young pre-literate students called the Musicolor Method™.  He is now training music teachers all over the world in a comprehensive training program.

What do you like most about the teaching methods at Park Slope Music Lessons?

The “system” – colour coded music sheets, and how easy it makes it to learn music. I also love the fact that it starts off with songs that children can easily sing along with. Finally I love the fact that it adapts teaching to the student and is playful about it. – Parent to a 5 year old piano student

Spring Recital June 2014

Spring Recital – June 7, 2014 at Park Slope Library


Spring Music Recital 2012 - at Pacific Library, Brooklyn

Our Spring Music Recital 2012 at the Pacific Library in Brooklyn.


Chloe prepares to play at the Winter Recital 2014

Chloe prepares to play at the Winter Recital 2014

What To Expect In Private Music Lessons

  • Personal, one on one 30 minute lessons customized to your child’s natural inquisitiveness and curiosity
  • Fun!
  • Unique system of graded lessons that build upon each other using the Musicolor Method™ Musicolor-logo-horiz-on-white-box
  • 2 recitals per year (optional) – one in the Winter and one in the Spring to further propel your child to performance level preparation
  • Starting with playing music and then gradually introducing music theory and reading
  • Organized lesson notes with parent and/or student log-in that provides billing history, lesson notes, invoicing, payment and calendar.

Here’s a video from an iPad multi-touch book which every student is encouraged to purchase.  There is an online course version as well.



Expectations of Students and Parents

Andrew Ingkavet, Owner/Teacher Park Slope Music Lessons Founder/Creator of the Musicolor Method™

Andrew Ingkavet, Owner/Teacher Park Slope Music Lessons
Founder/Creator of the Musicolor Method™

Studying music is a commitment of both students and parents. Unlike other activities at this young age, music requires daily practice and listening away from the teacher. It requires lots of parental involvement. And, given the expense of lessons and instruments, wouldn’t you want to ensure your child’s greatest success? Here’s some things that will make the entire process go smoothly.

  • Sit with your child when they practice. Help them when they don’t understand. This may require you to pay attention in the lessons and/or send an email to me for further clarification.
  • Organize your lesson materials. Use a 3 ring binder for your notes – bring this and your book(s) to lessons every time.
  • Daily listening – this can be “passive” background listening but just as important. Music is like language, we learn it by listening first.
  • Praise and celebrate every accomplishment (and even mistakes!)
  • Have family concerts – make music a part of your family’s greatest values
  • See live music – living in New York, we are blessed with access to the finest concert halls and musicians on the planet.
  • Place the instrument(s) in a central part of the home – ideally the area where you spend most of your time as a family. Practice becomes natural when it is the focus of your home.
  • Set practice time at the same time every day. Make it become a habit and a routine.

Teaching Children

Children have a natural curiousity, wonderment and openness that allows for experimenting, discovery and play. Through music, and the strategies, processes and methods learned and discovered, children are naturally stimulated to carry over these gains to other fields of endeavor outside and inside of music.

Teaching children usually doesn’t require fixing bad habits or out-moded thinking. Yet, it does requires patience, bite-sized lessons and plenty of encouragement and positive feedback. Lessons are like games with stars earned and high fives for effort.

Dylan plays Radioactive on guitar

Dylan rocks on Radioactive

The Link Between Music and Academic Achievement

A recent study finds a true correlation between music lessons (in or out of school) and academics. See my recent article on this.

At What Age To Start Lessons?

Children naturally respond to the sound of music in voice or instruments or recordings from in the womb. From 0 to 4 years old, it consists mainly of play, discovery and exploration with instruments like a xylophone. From ages 4 and up, more formal piano studies can take place as their fingers are large enough and strong enough to push down the keys. I take children usually from around the age of 4  through teenagers. If your child can sing the ABC song, and order the letters properly, then we can do some great things. I’ve written a more detailed blog post about the proper age to start music lessons.

Before this age, I would highly recommend Music Together of Park Slope where we had our son for several years. I’ve also heard good things about Music for Aardvaarks, and John Carlin’s Kids Music Underground in Brooklyn Heights. If you want a Spanish class that incorporates music and art, you must go to Juguemos A Cantar – maravilloso!

A portion of proceeds is donated is annually to local PTAs and the Brooklyn Public Library

Kate S.
Andrew is able to keep up the pace of teaching with the rapidly changing attention span of a young kid, making a fun, spontaneous game out of learning. – KS
Julie M.
My 8 year old daughter has been taking guitar lessons from Andrew for over a year and a half. She loves the lessons (says they’re the fastest 30 minutes of her week!) and is steadily growing in musical ability and appreciation. Andrew has a special gift for finding the best ways for your child to learn and stay motivated. I highly recommend him for any budding musician.
Daniel B.
My daughter and I both love Andrew. He is a profoundly talented musician and shows a real understanding of the challenges that young musicians face. What impresses and pleases me most, though, is how patient and calm he is with my daughter.
Laura C.
My 6 year old son has been taking voice and piano with Andrew, and it has been a wonderful learning experience. Andrew is calm and relaxed. My child comes home from lessons eager to practice, and excited to tell me what he has learned. I can recommend Andrew with confidence to anyone looking to start their child on the journey of musical knowledge, and all the lifelong joy that can bring.
Julie K.
Andrew makes learning FUN for a fidgety 5 year old boy. he can quickly change course during a lesson to keep attention span, and offers plenty of positive feedback.
Eliza E,
You have such a great way of combining music that is fun for her with work that is technically challenging. As a teacher, I really appreciate how much thought you put into how to reach the kids–you have a lot of tricks up your sleeve, and it’s really fun to watch it in action.
Nancy C.
Andrew Ingkavet, composer and parkslope dad, has a wonderful way with children. He is teaching my son piano and my son comes home enthusiastic. I studied guitar with him a while back and it was wonderful. When working with kids, Andrew knows the importance of a sticker 😉 He also teaches voice and guitar. Do you recommend? Highly recommend.
Karen M.
Andrew is not only teaching my daughter how to play piano, he is encouraging her to think of herself as a musician and to think of music as a integral part of her life. It is an overall wonderful experience!

Aparna P.
Andrew managed to make my 5 year old son who is a complete newbie at music play real songs with chords using both hands in less than 3 months! It blows my mind. – AP
Stella M., 6 years old
Possibly the best piano teacher ever
Andrew really works with the student according to her ability and interest. Meanwhile he still pushes the student. Recitals are awesome.



Olaya and Andrea welcome guests to the Spring 2016 Music Recital.

Olaya and Andrea welcome guests to the Spring 2016 Music Recital.

Waiting List

We have had a waiting list for several years.

The best way to stay informed about openings is to register on the waiting list. (This is free and is the best way to join us.)

Trial Lessons

For new students, the first and second lesson is $65 (payable by cash or check).  

  • Fee covers the lesson and materials we will give you
  • First 2 weeks is where we decide whether there is a good fit mutually
  • Lessons are payable in advance by semester
  • Joining mid-semester?  Fee is prorated

Why semester billing?

We make a commitment of time for your child and provide all materials and music.   This includes any new sheet music we may purchase to match your child’s personal interest.  By committing to a 3 to 4 month session, we can accomplish a lot – dependent on student participation.  All lessons are private and customized towards your child’s interests and abilities.

Fall 2016-2017 Semester

  • First session Friday September 9, 2016
  • Last regular lesson Tuesday, December 20, 2016
  • Makeup days: Wed Dec 21 and Thurs Dec 22.  Please see policies for further info on makeups.
  • 13 sessions
  • $927 includes $30 music and materials fee – Payable before first session.
  • No recital, but Holiday Music Salon/Party date and location tbd

Winter 2017 Semester

  • First session Tuesday Jan 3rd, 2017
  • Last regular lesson Friday March 24, 2017
  • Winter recital – Saturday, Jan 28 – location tbd

Spring 2017 Semester

  • First session Monday March 27, 2017
  • Last regular lesson June 9, 2016
  • Spring recital -Saturday June 10 – location tbd

Summer 2017 Semester

  • More info to be announced

Holidays 2016-2017

We are usually closely matched to the NYC Public School schedule as announced by the Department of Education.  However not all are the same.  See below.  These days are no lesson days.

  • Rosh Hashanah – Mon and Tues Oct 3 -4
  • Columbus Day – Mon Oct 1o
  • Yom Kippur – Wed Oct 12
  • Election Day – Tues  Nov 8
  • Veterans Day – Fri Nov 11
  • Thanksgiving Nov 24 – 25
  • Holiday Break Dec 23 – Jan 2
  • Midwinter Break – Feb 20 – 24
  • Spring Break – April 10 – 18
  • Memorial Day – Mon May 29

About Recitals

  • There is no charge for attending Recitals though it is highly recommended and is a mini concert production.  There is usually a huge growth spurt emotionally, intellectually and mentally in students who take part.
  • Here’s an article about Why Music Recitals Are Like Life Skills 101.


Upon signing up for lessons, you will receive a username and password for a student account and a parent account where you can make payments, see the lessons schedule and receive lesson notes, music files and sheet music.


You can pay securely online with your credit card or PayPal by logging into your account.  Alternatively, you can pay in cash, check or credit card at the lesson.

Here are some videos from our recitals as well as some instructional ones too. Enjoy!

Videos for Park Slope Music Lessons

Andrew is able to keep up the pace of teaching with the rapidly changing attention span of a young kid, making a fun, spontaneous game out of learning.

Kate S.

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