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

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The Beatles, Let It Be

By on May 19, 2010 in Blog, Music Lesson | 0 comments

Let It Be By Lennon & McCartney When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be. And when the broken hearted people living in...

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Lean On Me by the great Bill Withers

By on May 12, 2010 in Blog, Music Lesson | 0 comments

One of the greatest songs of all time by probably my favorite songwriter of all time, Bill Withers. Lean On Me Words & Music By Bill Withers Sometimes in our lives we all have pain We all have sorrow But if we are wise We know that there’s always tomorrow Chorus Lean on me, when you’re not strong And I’ll be your friend I’ll help you...

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How To Teach Rhythm to Beginning Music Students

By on Feb 27, 2010 in Blog, Music Lesson, Teaching Methods | 1 comment

I’ve been teaching how to count rhythm to most of my students using Michiko Yurko’s genius method of naming note values with easy and fun to say words.  I highly recommend her book Music Mind Games for all music teachers and home-schoolers and interested parents.. For example, a one beat (quarter note) is called BLUE. Two eighth notes are called  JELLO....

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The History of Rock and Roll – 12 Bar Blues

By on Feb 3, 2010 in Blog, Music Lesson | 0 comments

We’ve been doing some great explorations of the roots of rock and roll which began with the basic form of the 12 bar blues.  These 12 measures are like a pattern, a recipe that hundreds if not thousands or hundreds of thousands of songs have been based.  Once you know the “recipe” you can cook up your own or play all of the variations. ...

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Video from Winter Music Recital 2010

By on Feb 2, 2010 in Announcements, Blog | 0 comments

I’m so proud of all the great progress  and awesome-ness of all my students.  And some of you said you were afraid of playing in public!  Doesn’t look like it.  Congratulations to you all! You can see all the videos on YouTube under my ParkSlopeMusicLesson channel. I’ve also added Lila’s video of her “home recital,” as she...

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Winter Music Recital Update

By on Jan 28, 2010 in Announcements, Blog | 0 comments

Pacific Library branch of Brooklyn Public Library – 2:30pm Everyone is sounding so good and ready for this week’s recital.  So here’s a reminder of the event.  It’s at 2:30pm on the third floor of the library which is located at the intersection of Pacific Street and 4th Avenue – right near the Atlantic/Pacific subway stops and the Long...

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Teaching and learning music in slices

By on Nov 15, 2009 in Blog, Teaching Methods | 2 comments

I’ve been talking with many of my students about the importance of not trying to learning in giant gobbles but rather in small bite size pieces or slices of pie.  Learning a new piece is like eating pie; you don’t eat it all in one bite.  You take slices, and then forkfuls and then chew on each bite a while before moving on to the next. Dr. Shinichi...

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Using Colors to Learn Music

By on Jun 10, 2009 in Blog, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

One of the core concepts of my approach to teaching music to young children is the use of colors to represent pitches.  I’ve used this with great success on both piano, guitar and in reading music notation. Those of you studying with me have already seen my piano covered with translucent tape and my guitar with colored stars up the fretboard. Here’s a...

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Music Recital, June 13, 1pm at Park Slope Public Library

Music Recital, June 13, 1pm at Park Slope Public Library

By on Jun 3, 2009 in Announcements, Blog | 0 comments

We’re celebrating all the hard work, fun and music we’ve experienced this year.  Come join us at the Music Recital on Saturday, June 13 at 1pm in the community room downstairs at the Park Slope branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. I expect that 10 or so of my students will be performing but all my students, family and friends are encouraged and welcome...

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Study shows link between music & brain plasticity

By on May 28, 2009 in Blog, News | 1 comment

A recent research study on the linkage between the arts and brain development shows that students of music have definite structural changes in happening in students who practice as little as 15 minutes a day. So, I’m not making this all up!  It’s really true. From the Baltimore Sun article: Charles Limb, a Johns Hopkins doctor and a jazz musician,...

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This Is Why I Teach Music

By on May 6, 2009 in Blog, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

This is a wonderful piece that has been published many times.  It reflects how I feel about teaching and the wonderful teachers I have had in my life. That Is Why We Teach Music Not because we expect you to major in music Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life Not so you can relax Not so you can have fun BUT so you will be human so you will...

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A First Lesson for Piano – Video Clip

By on Apr 6, 2009 in Blog, Music Lesson | 1 comment

If you are currently taking lessons with me, you will know this as the Peanut Butter Sandwich or the Mississippi Hot Dog. It’s a great first lesson for anyone studying the piano, regardless of age, as it builds finger strength, independence and gets your hands in the proper position.  So much of music is based on muscle memory.  So you may as well get it right...

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Essential Reading for Parents of Music Students

By on Mar 16, 2009 in Blog, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

Talent is not inherited. The first month in a nightingale’s life determines its fate…I had always thought that a nightingale’s incomparable song was instinctive or inherited. But it is not so. Nightingales to be used as pets are taken as fledglings from nest of wild birds in the spring. As soon as they lose their fear and accept food, a “master bird” is borrowed that daily sings its lovely song, and the infant bird listens for a period of a about a month. In this way the little wild bird is trained by the master bird…It is not a matter of being born a good singer or a bad singer…the life force has a wonderful power to adapt to environment.

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