A Typical Music Lesson – My Approach to Teaching

4 hands are better than 2!

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 perform in public.
It allows us to work on technique and bring music to life whilst giving a great confidence boost and joy in playing. This material I often present using my own color notation which enables your child to learn a piece as quickly as possible and then memorize it. Many of you are using Suzuki material for this repertoire whilst others are working on a combination of Suzuki with jazz, blues, pop and world music.

Reading

To  learn to read music is truly a great skill. To be musically literate opens a whole door to deeper appreciation. Reading music is not as difficult as it seems, but requires a steady practice diet.   I will usually not start this until we’ve been playing a repertoire of about 7 to 10 songs.  I use a proprietary method of notation to get them up to speed quickly with simple and then complex pieces.

Music Theory

This is the nuts and bolts of music. We get under the hood and see how music is structured and built through games,

Summer Music Lessons

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 the small group classes will be $$125 at a time to be determined.

Ages 3 and up.

I have a waiting list of students and will be making calls and emails this week.  If you would like to sign up, please do so here.


 

Spring Recital 2011 is June 11 at Carroll Gardens Library

We’ll be hearing the great work your children have been doing on Saturday June 11 at 3pm at the Carroll Gardens Public Library.  I’ll be there from 2:30pm to set up the room.  If you can, please come early to help and to let your kids get acclimated and to calm down any last minute nerves.

It’s free and open to the public, so invite your friends and family.  It’s also a good time to see the great resources of your local public library system – please support them!

 

Winter Music Recital 2011 – Pictures and Video

Winter Music Recital 2011 at Carroll Gardens Library

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 parents who were much more nervous than their children!  And, by starting your kids early in this process of focus, practice and performing publicly, you’ve started them on the road to success in life no matter what professional path they choose.  And the benefits of developing an appreciation for beauty, form, structure and communication through music is why I do what I do.  I love teaching your kids and thank you for supporting us on our journey!

You can see more photos on Flickr and here’s our YouTube Channel.

Below are some of the videos on YouTube.

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Jan 22, 2011 Winter Music Recital

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 to guarantee a seat and to help me set up the room!  I appreciate your help in putting away the chairs afterwards as well.

So we continue our tour of the Brooklyn Public Library spaces as weekend hours have been cut at Pacific Library and Park Slope is still under renovation for another year! Please support your/our public library!
Brooklyn Public Library - Carroll Gardens branch

Winter Semester for Music Lessons

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 no lessons the week of

* December 24 – January 2 – Winter Holiday Recess

If you are not currently studying with me, space is extremely limited, but you may register on the waiting list here.

Video from our Spring Music Recital

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 parents should be happy and proud of this achievement and I hope you celebrated this milestone in your child’s life.  Whatever small mistakes they made in the performance were greatly outweighed by the entire experience of publicly performing.

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Winter Music Recital Update

Pacific Library branch of Brooklyn Public Library – 2:30pmPianoHeadercropped

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 Island Rail Road.

There is a GED class going on in that space until around 2pm so we need to set up quickly.  I would appreciate any help from the parents as I’m not sure if the chairs will be arranged for us.  Also help in cleaning up will be greatly appreciated.  I’ll be bringing my digital piano and will set that up as soon as we are allowed too.

There will be 20 or 21 children performing each for between 1 minute and 3 minutes.  So I expect the whole affair to be done within 45 to 60 minutes.  We have the space until 4:30pm.

The space is provided free to community events and we must give thanks to librarian Salvador Salame.   We hope to impress him so we can book a summer recital here too.

Please note, I plan on video recording the entire event and will share the clips on my website.  if anyone prefers not to be included, please let me know.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday afternoon!

Winter Music Recital is Saturday January 30th, 2010

The recital will be open to the public at the Pacific Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library from 2:30pm to 4:30pm on Saturday, January 30, 2010.  It was the first of the Andrew Carnegie libraries to open in Brooklyn in 1904 and features a lovely third floor light-filled auditorium with windows.

Special thanks to librarian Salvador Salame for the space.

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

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 to attend.

Poster designed by Dana Zaldo.