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Summer 2015 Music Lessons in Park Slope, Brooklyn

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Summer 2015 Music Lessons in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Summer is usually the best time to get started with private music lessons.  There’s less distractions going on with other activities and homework and my roster is much more flexible and open. Dates:  July 6 – August 6, 2015 Days:  Monday through Thursday Times available:  10am – 6pm (last lesson starts 5:30pm) You can register your child here. Within a day of registration, you will be sent a welcome email as well as access to the calendar to schedule your times/days as you wish. Cost per lesson is $59. There is a $10 materials...

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American Idol And Finding Your Voice: A Music Teacher’s Perspective

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American Idol And Finding Your Voice: A Music Teacher’s Perspective

My family loves to watch American Idol as well as The Voice.  These competitive singing shows are fun and introduce a new audience to a lot of great songs, old and new.   The shows are both well produced and fun and get you involved with each contestant’s story so that you care whether or not they make the cut. One thing that stands out for me is the subject of song choice. So many of the judges comments on these shows go something like, “That was the perfect song for you.”  But who’s helping these fledging artists make these choices? Last...

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Winter Recital 2015 is this Saturday Feb 7

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Winter Recital 2015 is this Saturday Feb 7

Where: Park Slope Library (corner of 6th Avenue and 9th Street) Brooklyn, NY 11215 Time:2pm Day:  Saturday February, 7, 2015 Lower Level Auditorium. Hopefully the weather will be cooperative. We have a great lineup of kids from ages 4 to 14 playing everything from Peanut Butter Sandwich to Moonlight Sonata to Demons to Do You Want To Build A Snowman and everything in between. Watch for the coming video deluge right here on our video...

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How Playing A Music Instrument Feeds Your Brain!

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How Playing A Music Instrument Feeds Your Brain!

This is a fabulous little animated video.  It’s as if it was designed specifically for my students.  I’ve been send all kinds of articles to my parents through the years.  This just makes it more fun and easier to digest.  Thanks Ted Ed!...

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Music Instruction Expands Brains!

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Music Instruction Expands Brains!

As an independent, private music teacher, I am always being forwarded studies and news articles about the benefits of music lessons.  It definitely feels good to be on the right side of this issue!   And it certainly validates my profession. This weekend’s Wall Street Journal has an article, A Musical Fix for U.S. Schools, which puts music instruction higher than all other so called non-academic activities. “Kids in sports also showed increased ambition, while those in theater and dance expressed more optimism. But when it came to...

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Teaching Strategies For Growth Mindset

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What is the most important factor in a student? Many people would say it’s talent, or effort, or persistence, or luck or some combination of these. Behind all of this is something that is more important – the proper mindset. Recent research (Blackwell, Trzesniewski, & Dweck, 2007) has shown that there are two different mindsets among students: 1) intelligence as a fixed, static trait or you got what you got 2) intelligence is a changeable, flowing trait, in other words:  you can learn whatever you put focus and effort to Most...

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Spring Recital 2014 is on June 7 at 2pm

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  I’m looking forward to our upcoming Spring Music Recital on June 7 at 2pm.  It will be in our usual location, the auditorium of the Park Slope branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. We have a great program of diverse music from folk classics to Suzuki standards to pop songs from Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, One Republic, jazz standards in the style of Frank Sinatra and film and Broadway soundtracks all played by kids ages 5 to 13. The show is free and open to the public.   You can see previous recital videos here. Also, if you...

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Online Private Music Lessons via Skype or FaceTime or Google Hangouts

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Update Jan 2017.  THIS SERVICE IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED AS OUR CALENDAR IS FULLY BOOKED.  PLEASE CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. You can now book a private lesson with me via SKYPE or FACETIME or GOOGLE HANGOUTS from anywhere in the world. I can work with you and/or your child on piano, guitar, ukulele, songwriting, or music production via the comfort of your own home. What you will need: your instrument an internet connection – preferably high speed Broadband a webcam with your computer or a smartphone (iPhone or Android) or a...

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Music lessons for Summer 2014

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Summer is usually the best opportunity for new students to join my private music studio.  Once you are on my roster, if the fit is good for teacher, student and parents, I will make every effort to accommodate you on the school year schedule.  I am incredibly grateful to have so many students who stay with me for years. This summer,  I will be offering private and limited group lessons beginning July 7. Music lessons: Monday through Thursday 10am to 5:30pm. July 7 through 31, 2014 Lesson are  $57 per half hour with an additional materials fee...

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Fabulous Music Recital Success!

Posted by on 10:43 am in Announcements, Blog, News | 0 comments

We had our 10th recital hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library and it was a resounding success!  Such a wonderful diversity of music, talent and focus.  All my students pulled it together and presented their best. I’ve posted all the videos on our YouTube...

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