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

Teaching Methods

Music Lessons Make For Grittier Kids

By on Oct 2, 2013 in Blog, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

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

By on May 10, 2013 in Teaching Methods | 7 comments

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

By on Jan 29, 2013 in Teaching Methods | 0 comments

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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Photos from our first Music Salon

By on Dec 9, 2012 in Teaching Methods | 0 comments

I had this idea to have more public performances for my students which was well received by all the parents.  This afternoon, we had our first Music Salon, hosted by Maziar & Michelle, and it went wonderfully!  It was a casual festive event with wine and snacks and a roaring fire with a great 13 foot Christmas tree.  Just lovely.   And we had a sing-along of...

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Teaching Kids How To Read Music Using Solfège, Hand Signs & Kinesthetic Learning

Teaching Kids How To Read Music Using Solfège, Hand Signs & Kinesthetic Learning

By on Nov 29, 2012 in Music Lesson, Teaching Methods | 2 comments

Teaching young kids to read music is quite a challenge.  I approach through a long process of micro-steps.  It’s the reverse of peeling an onion.  It’s a layering technique of building up from tiny kernels of understanding, expanding outwards. The first lessons are always performance focused – get them excited about playing a song!  It’s fun...

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Play Piano For Kids, Volume 1 iPad interactive book app is now available

By on May 21, 2012 in Announcements, Music Lesson, News, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

As many of you know, I’ve been working hard on an interactive iPad iBook for quite some time.  Today Play Piano For Kids, Volume 1 (Penguins Don’t Play Piano, But You Can!) is officially live in 32 countries around the world in the Apple iTunes Bookstore.  It’s on sale for the next week for only 99 cents after which it will go up to $6.99.  Pleases...

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