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Online Private Music Lessons via Skype or FaceTime or Google Hangouts

Posted by on 12:05 pm in Announcements, Blog, Music Lesson | 0 comments

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!

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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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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

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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

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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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