About PARK SLOPE MUSIC LESSONS
What do you like most about the teaching methods at Park Slope Music Lessons?
What To Expect In Private Music Lessons?
- Personal, one on one 30 minute lessons customized to your child’s natural inquisitiveness and curiosity
- Unique system of graded lessons that build upon each other using the Musicolor Method®
- 2 recitals per year (optional) – one in the Winter and one in the Spring to further propel your child to performance level preparation
- Starting with playing music and then gradually introducing music theory and reading
- Organized lesson notes with parent and/or student log-in that provides billing history, lesson notes, invoicing, payment and calendar.
Expectations of Students and Parents
- Sit with your child when they practice. Help them when they don’t understand. This may require you to pay attention in the lessons and/or send an email to me for further clarification.
- Organize your lesson materials. Use a 3 ring binder for your notes – bring this and your book(s) to lessons every time.
- Daily listening – this can be “passive” background listening but just as important. Music is like language, we learn it by listening first.
- Praise and celebrate every accomplishment (and even mistakes!)
- Have family concerts – make music a part of your family’s greatest values
- See live music – living in New York, we are blessed with access to the finest concert halls and musicians on the planet.
- Place the instrument(s) in a central part of the home – ideally the area where you spend most of your time as a family. Practice becomes natural when it is the focus of your home.
- Set practice time at the same time every day. Make it become a habit and a routine.
Children have a natural curiousity, wonderment and openness that allows for experimenting, discovery and play. Through music, and the strategies, processes and methods learned and discovered, children are naturally stimulated to carry over these gains to other fields of endeavor outside and inside of music.
At What Age To Start Lessons?
Children naturally respond to the sound of music in voice or instruments or recordings from in the womb. From 0 to 4 years old, it consists mainly of play, discovery and exploration with instruments like a xylophone. From ages 4 and up, more formal piano studies can take place as their fingers are large enough and strong enough to push down the keys. I take children usually from around the age of 4 through teenagers. If your child can sing the ABC song, and order the letters properly, then we can do some great things. I’ve written a more detailed blog post about the proper age to start music lessons.
Before this age, I would highly recommend Music Together of Park Slope where we had our son for several years. I’ve also heard good things about Music for Aardvaarks, and John Carlin’s Kids Music Underground in Brooklyn Heights. If you want a Spanish class that incorporates music and art, you must go to Juguemos A Cantar – maravilloso!
A portion of proceeds is donated is annually to local PTAs and the Brooklyn Public Library