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

Teaching Methods

A Typical Music Lesson – My Approach to Teaching

By on Nov 21, 2011 in Announcements, Blog, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

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...

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Why Music Recitals Are Like Life Skills 101

By on Jun 15, 2011 in Blog, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

Or things I wish I knew when I was 8 years old… We had such a great recital last Saturday and it made me think of how important these events are for so many reasons. Deadlines Recitals are like so many things in life. It’s a due date when you need to really know something well and you need to show it in public, in this case 100 of your friends, families and...

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Glenn Gould’s Finger Tapping Exercise for Piano Technique

By on Feb 9, 2011 in Blog, Music Lesson, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

Many of you are struggling with playing cleanly and smoothly. This simple technique can help you to relax your fingers to pay more fluidly. Developed by Glenn Gould’s mentor and longtime teacher Chilean pianist Alberto Guerrero, it aims to retain a relaxed muscle memory. You can learn more about this in the wonderful documentary Genius Within: The Inner Life...

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How To Read Music: Rhythm using Stick Notation

By on Oct 26, 2010 in Blog, Music Lesson, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

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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Free Piano Checklist for Beginners

By on Jun 3, 2010 in Blog, Music Lesson, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

Many of my students have been forgetting some of the basics around technique.  Here’s a handy chart that you can post by the piano or on the first page of your music notebook.  Probably the most important one I’m finding is sitting the proper distance away from the piano.  Many kids like to sit almost with their bellies touching the piano.  This makes it...

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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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