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Ukulele for kids: what size should I get?

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Ukulele for kids: what size should I get?

There are several sizes of Ukulele.  This instrument, from Hawaii, has had a major resurgence in the last decade or so. (If you’ve never heard of Jake Shimabukuro – just google him now.) And why not?  It’s so fun!  And portable! Plus you can get a really nice one for less than $100. The four most common sizes of Ukulele are Soprano Concert Tenor Baritone There is another now called the Bass Ukulele which is a whole new animal.  It is only possible because of some special string technology.  More on this in a future...

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Recital Awesome-ness January 2017

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Recital Awesome-ness January 2017

Wow, what a great set of concerts we had on Saturday! Life Skills It’s truly amazing to see what our kids can accomplish with some directed focus, guidance and perseverance. These skills translate into wonderful life success skills and you may already notice them surfacing in areas like school, sports and homework. But, I think this photo truly captures the spirit and essence of what our recitals at Park Slope Music Lessons are all about. Can you guess what it is? Elias with his Dad perform Heart and Soul with a surprise support guest...

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Winter Music Recital at Park Slope Library January 28, 2017

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Winter Music Recital at Park Slope Library January 28, 2017

Tomorrow is our big day. We have two concerts scheduled at the Park Slope Library at 9th street and 6th Avenue. 11:30 am 2:15pm As we have grown, we’ve had to create two separate concerts as the auditorium would not fit us.  Plus, I’m afraid of tiring out our audience with multiple renditions of Hot Cross Buns! 🙂 We’re going to have some great music – everything from folk songs to classic rock from Deep Purple and the Police to newer hits by Rihanna, Broadway show pieces, classical sonatinas and original songs....

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What will my child learn in their first piano lesson?

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What will my child learn in their first piano lesson?

When you’re searching for a music teacher for your child, you want to get a feel for the teacher.  What is a lesson like?  What’s their philosophy?  What can I expect? We have taught hundreds of kids in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn over the last decade.  The secret to our success is in the fun we bring to the lessons right from the start. If you hated piano lessons when you were a kid, this is not your old lessons.  It’s a complete reversal.  We work using a child-centric approach.  What would a child love to learn in a...

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Brain scans show marked difference before and after music lessons

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Brain scans show marked difference before and after music lessons

There has been a lot of attention towards the affects of music instruction on brain development. But I think this is the first time I’ve seen actual scans of the brains of young children. Studies have already shown that learning music can be beneficial to children with brain development disorders like autism. Researchers from the Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez in Mexico City wanted to understand more specifically what changes happen in the brain due to musical instruction. “When a child receives musical instruction, their...

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What makes our preschool piano lessons better?

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What makes our preschool piano lessons better?

Our preschool piano lessons are virtually unmatched.  Most teachers will not accept a student until 7 or 8 years old. Why is that? There is a gap in most music curriculums that do not cover the pre-literate preschool aged child. The curriculum we use with our young preschool students is what makes us stand out.  It was developed in house by our founder, Andrew Ingkavet and is called the Musicolor Method.  It is currently being taught to music teachers all over the world through an online training course and curriculum. What makes the...

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How old should my child be for private music lessons?

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How old should my child be for private music lessons?

As parents, we want the best for our children and we are usually anxious about getting it right.  Here in Park Slope, we all know the competition for preschool, day care and elementary schools begins at birth! You can usually get a sense of your child’s interest in music by around the age of 2 or 3.  They will be singing along with songs in the car or asking you to play a certain song over and over again.   And at some point, they may even ask you, “Can I learn to play ____?(guitar, piano, flute or whatever). So when should we start getting...

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Inside a music lesson – it’s more than just sitting on the piano bench

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Our music lessons are fun! We not only want our students to learn how to play songs.  We also want them to understand the concepts of music theory which make it easier to transfer to other instruments.  Many of our students have started at the keyboard and then added other instruments like ukulele, guitar, recorder, flute and lap dulcimer to name a few. In our Musicolor Method™ curriculum, around the 3rd or 4th lesson, we introduce solfeggio, which was invented over 1000 years ago in Italy!  How crazy amazing is that?  Somehow, the French...

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We’re Hiring Music Teachers

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We’re Hiring Music Teachers

Park Slope Music Lessons has several positions available for part-time piano teachers. We would consider vocal and other instruments, but you should have a basic familiarity with piano and basic technique. About Park Slope Music Lessons We focus on working with young children ages, 3 1/2 and up, giving them the basics of music beginning at the piano keyboard.  We use a unique non-traditional method called The Musicolor Method™. The position is ideal for someone who lives near to Park Slope, Brooklyn and can travel to student’s homes in...

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