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How To Read Music: Rhythm using Stick Notation

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Beatles, Let It Be

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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

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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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Video from Winter Music Recital 2010

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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

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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

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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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