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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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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