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Teaching Methods

Music Instruction Expands Brains!

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As an independent, private music teacher, I am always being forwarded studies and news articles about the benefits of music lessons.  It definitely feels good to be on the right side of this issue!   And it certainly validates my profession. This weekend’s Wall Street Journal has an article, A Musical Fix for U.S. Schools, which puts music instruction higher...

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Teaching Strategies For Growth Mindset

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What is the most important factor in a student? Many people would say it’s talent, or effort, or persistence, or luck or some combination of these. Behind all of this is something that is more important – the proper mindset. Recent research (Blackwell, Trzesniewski, & Dweck, 2007) has shown that there are two different mindsets among students: 1)...

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Music Lessons Make For Grittier Kids

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2 Types of Students Some of my music students will naturally wrestle with a new challenge.  They’ll go over and over a specific passage until they  have a break-through.   Sometimes I have to bite my tongue as they doggedly work out the solution in front of me.  Sweet victory!  These kids have tenacity a.k.a., grit! And then there’s the other kind.  They...

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Why Memorizing Music Is So Important

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By Andrew Ingkavet With all of my students, I stress the importance of memorizing their pieces, especially for performance at a recital. Here’s some of the reasons why. Repetition is the Mother of Skill How many times did Tiger Woods hit a golf ball before ever entering a competition? Apparently he was already golfing at age 2 when he made an appearance on the...

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Winter 2013 Music Recital Videos

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We had a lovely Winter Recital on Saturday at the Park Slope Library here in Brooklyn, NY.  Though there was a scheduling mix-up and we almost had to cancel, it all turned out well in the end.  Thanks much to all at the Brooklyn Public Library especially Leane and John who worked it out. I’ve posted a playlist of all the videos on our YouTube channel, but...

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