Life skills through music lessons for kids 4+ in Park Slope & surrounding neighborhoods of Brooklyn, NY

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Winter Recital 2012 Success!

By on Jan 30, 2012 in Announcements | 0 comments

It was a great recital last Saturday at the Carroll Gardens Library in Brooklyn.  With 30 students performing and a house of over 100 guests, we had a lovely time and everyone did their best.  Thanks again to all the parents, grandparents, friends and family who came to show their support, love and appreciation of our young performers!  And special thanks to Jeff...

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A Typical Music Lesson – My Approach to Teaching

By on Nov 21, 2011 in Announcements, Blog, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

Apologies for the site being down all of last week.  But we’re back!  Here’s a quick update and enjoy the week off for Thanksgiving!   As many of you know, in each of my lessons, my aim is to address 3 main areas: repertoire, reading and music theory. Repertoire This is building up a collection of pieces that your child can play from memory and...

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Why Music Recitals Are Like Life Skills 101

By on Jun 15, 2011 in Blog, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

Or things I wish I knew when I was 8 years old… We had such a great recital last Saturday and it made me think of how important these events are for so many reasons. Deadlines Recitals are like so many things in life. It’s a due date when you need to really know something well and you need to show it in public, in this case 100 of your friends, families and...

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Summer Music Lessons

By on May 23, 2011 in Announcements | 3 comments

This summer, I’ll be teaching a 5 week session from July 5 through August 6. If you are an existing student and would like to continue at your regular time, please let me know ASAP.   I will be teaching private 30 minute lessons and, if enough interest, small group lessons of not more than 3 students. The cost for the summer private sessions is $260 275, and...

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Glenn Gould’s Finger Tapping Exercise for Piano Technique

By on Feb 9, 2011 in Blog, Music Lesson, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

Many of you are struggling with playing cleanly and smoothly. This simple technique can help you to relax your fingers to pay more fluidly. Developed by Glenn Gould’s mentor and longtime teacher Chilean pianist Alberto Guerrero, it aims to retain a relaxed muscle memory. You can learn more about this in the wonderful documentary Genius Within: The Inner Life...

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Winter Music Recital 2011 – Pictures and Video

By on Jan 26, 2011 in Announcements, Blog, News | 0 comments

What a great success our Winter Music Recital was last Saturday!  I hope you all celebrated the great achievements of your children.  No matter if they played some notes that were not intended, the entire process of going on stage, in public, in a crowded room of at least 80 people, and performing the piece they practiced for months – priceless! I noticed many...

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Jan 22, 2011 Winter Music Recital

By on Nov 19, 2010 in Announcements, Blog, News | 1 comment

We’ll be having our recital at the Carroll Gardens branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 2pm. The space looks nice and they even have a grand piano – though so out of tune it is unusable! It’s located at the corner of Clinton and Union Streets.  The recital, as always, is free, and open to the public, so come early...

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Winter Semester for Music Lessons

By on Nov 8, 2010 in Announcements, Blog, Music Lesson, News | 0 comments

The Fall semester is fast coming to an end with the last lesson on Saturday November 20, 2010. We’ll have a break for Thanksgiving with the new Winter session starting Tuesday November 30, 2010 and running until Saturday February 19, 2010. The cost for the new semester is $550 with an early bird discount of $50 if paid before November 15, 2010. There will be...

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How To Read Music: Rhythm using Stick Notation

By on Oct 26, 2010 in Blog, Music Lesson, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

When teaching to read traditional music notation, I separate the 2 parts of pitch and rhythm.  Rhythm is easy to teach using stick notation. [update-12-3-12] Stick notation is taking traditional notes and removing the note-head.  The note-head is the round dot at the bottom of the stick.  The dot is placed on the 5 lines of the staff and depending on where it is,...

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Music lessons & effects on the brain

By on Aug 1, 2010 in Blog, News | 0 comments

EVANSTON, Ill., July 21 (UPI) — Musical instruction can “prime” the brain to improve human skills in language, speech, memory and attention, U.S. researchers say. A study at Northwestern University found the effects of musical training on the nervous system can build meaningful patterns important to all types of learning, ScienceDaily.com reported...

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Register for Fall Music Lessons

By on Jul 27, 2010 in Announcements, Blog | 0 comments

We’re moving to a semester-based system with Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer sessions. Fall 2010 semester is now open for registration.  It runs 11 weeks from September 7 through November 18 and costs $475. All lessons are 30 minute private lessons and will be scheduled after receipt of payment and registering on the website. Please register...

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John Lennon’s Imagine

By on Jul 13, 2010 in Blog, Music Lesson | 0 comments

This is from a concert at Madison Square Garden in 1972.  Essential listening for anyone! Imagine there’s no Heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life...

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Video from our Spring Music Recital

By on Jun 16, 2010 in Announcements, Blog | 0 comments

Last Saturday’s Spring Recital was a great success and I am so proud of all of my students! Performing in public is a skill that only a small minority of people in this world have developed a comfort and ability with.  It is such a huge accomplishment even to get up onstage and then to perform a piece that they’ve worked hard on for months.   You as...

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Free Piano Checklist for Beginners

By on Jun 3, 2010 in Blog, Music Lesson, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

Many of my students have been forgetting some of the basics around technique.  Here’s a handy chart that you can post by the piano or on the first page of your music notebook.  Probably the most important one I’m finding is sitting the proper distance away from the piano.  Many kids like to sit almost with their bellies touching the piano.  This makes it...

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