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Roar, by Katy Perry, easy guitar chords

Posted by on 2:14 pm in Guitar Sheet Music, Music Lesson | 0 comments

This is very popular with  my guitar students.  It’s funny, I have recently acquired a bunch of young girl rockers who have switched or added guitar to their musical instrument repertoire and this is one of those songs that resonates with everyone. It seems the new style of songwriting is to use the same harmonic structure, meaning the chords, over and over again.  The only difference between the verses and choruses are in melody, rhythm or the buildup in the production. I use stick notation with all my students and it really helps them...

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Some Kids Have A Secret Advantage

Posted by on 10:49 am in Blog | 0 comments

All parents want the best for their child and after-school is an opportunity for extra enrichment beyond the classroom. Yesterday, The Atlantic published an article,  After-School Activities Make Educational Inequality Even Worse.   The author, Hilary Levey Friedman, interviewed and followed 95 middle-class families over 16 months who were involved in soccer, dance and competitive chess.   She identifies 5 skills  she believes separates middle/upper class children from less fortunate children and which she calls Competitive Kid Capital.  ...

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Is Music Education The Key To Success in Life?

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This past Sunday, there was a NY Times Article on the importance of music education in everyone’s life.  I feel like it was written specifically for music teachers!  The author interviewed some of the top performers in numerous  and diverse industries and has found a surprising number had deep musical training from Condoleeza Rice to Allan Greenspan to Paula Zhan to James Wolfensohn to Steven Spielberg to Woody Allen and Paul Allen. “I’ve always believed the reason I’ve gotten ahead is by outworking other people,” he says. It’s a skill...

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Why Every Child Should Learn Music With Tips, Strategies and Resources

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Why Every Child Should Learn Music With Tips, Strategies and Resources

We had a lovely Parents Curriculum Meeting this morning. It was wonderful to see so many of you.  Here’s a summary of what we covered. The Benefits of Music Lessons My philosophy of teaching music is to impart an enjoyment, appreciation and ability to create and perform music while having fun. I don’t expect all my students to become professional musicians, but I do expect them to gain life-long skills such as goal-setting problem solving conceptualization organization memorization categorization structuralization delayed...

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Music Lessons Make For Grittier Kids

Posted by on 12:54 pm in Blog, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

2 Types of Students Some of my music students will naturally wrestle with a new challenge.  They’ll go over and over a specific passage until they  have a break-through.   Sometimes I have to bite my tongue as they doggedly work out the solution in front of me.  Sweet victory!  These kids have tenacity a.k.a., grit! And then there’s the other kind.  They sit placidly and wait for the answers to be handed to them.  If I present something new, they almost always says, “I don’t understand, it’s too hard!” and...

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Fun with Music Games For Learning Theory – Summer group classes

Posted by on 12:54 pm in Announcements | 0 comments

Summer Music Lessons 2013.           I still have some availability for my Fun With Music Games for Learning Theory classes.  There is no prior experience necessary (for the beginner class) and it’s guaranteed to make music learning fun and memorable. You know kids love games!  They instantly perk up at the slightest mention.  I so wish my music teachers knew about making games out of music theory.  It’s the fastest, funnest and most enjoyable way to learn some very abstract concepts. In my private music...

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Why Memorizing Music Is So Important

Posted by on 11:30 am in Teaching Methods | 7 comments

By Andrew Ingkavet With all of my students, I stress the importance of memorizing their pieces, especially for performance at a recital. Here’s some of the reasons why. Repetition is the Mother of Skill How many times did Tiger Woods hit a golf ball before ever entering a competition? Apparently he was already golfing at age 2 when he made an appearance on the Merv Griffin show with his Dad. He turned professional at age 21 after winning many competitions along the way. That’s 19 years and probably 30,000 to 40,000 hours of...

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Winter 2013 Music Recital Videos

Posted by on 1:48 pm in Teaching Methods | 0 comments

We had a lovely Winter Recital on Saturday at the Park Slope Library here in Brooklyn, NY.  Though there was a scheduling mix-up and we almost had to cancel, it all turned out well in the end.  Thanks much to all at the Brooklyn Public Library especially Leane and John who worked it out. I’ve posted a playlist of all the videos on our YouTube channel, but here’s a few below. Amalia:...

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Photos from our first Music Salon

Posted by on 8:35 pm in Teaching Methods | 0 comments

I had this idea to have more public performances for my students which was well received by all the parents.  This afternoon, we had our first Music Salon, hosted by Maziar & Michelle, and it went wonderfully!  It was a casual festive event with wine and snacks and a roaring fire with a great 13 foot Christmas tree.  Just lovely.   And we had a sing-along of some Christmas favorites.  The best part was that some of my shyest and quietest students  got up to play several times and all did a great job. Here’s some photos from the...

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Music Practice As A Discipine For Life

Posted by on 10:12 am in Blog | 0 comments

I read this great article about how music lessons became a great discipline for success in life.  What really resonated with me was the fact that none of the writer’s 4 daughters were natural “prodigies” and had to struggle with daily music practice.  I too did not just fall into playing piano and guitar and alto saxophone.  But once I found my favorite teacher(s) and repertoire it started to flow easier. Flash-forward 20 years from that first Suzuki lesson, and three of my four kids have put away their violins in favor of...

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