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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...

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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...

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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...

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Music Lessons Make For Grittier Kids

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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...

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Why Memorizing Music Is So Important

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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...

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Winter 2013 Music Recital Videos

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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...

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Photos from our first Music Salon

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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...

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Music Practice As A Discipine For Life

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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...

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Teaching Kids How To Read Music Using Solfège, Hand Signs & Kinesthetic Learning

Teaching Kids How To Read Music Using Solfège, Hand Signs & Kinesthetic Learning

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Teaching young kids to read music is quite a challenge.  I approach through a long process of micro-steps.  It’s the reverse of peeling an onion.  It’s a layering technique of building up from tiny kernels of understanding, expanding outwards. The first lessons are always performance focused – get them excited about playing a song!  It’s fun...

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The Everlasting Positive Effects of Music Lessons

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It seems every year there’s a new study that confirms the positive benefits of music lessons in early childhood.  This one has some great findings: From the NY Times Well Blog: By PERRI KLASS, M.D. When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life, at...

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