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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A recent study finds a true correlation between music lessons (in or out of school) and academics. See my recent article on this.
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
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.)
For new students, the first and second lesson is $65 (payable by cash or check).
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.
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.
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!
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.