This is the gift of music for your grandchild

best gift for grandkids

Looking for the perfect gift for your child or grandchild this holiday?

Sick of all the usual toys, games and gadgets?

We’ve all heard a lot about the over-saturation with technology, screens and electronics in our children’s lives.  How can we steer our young ones back to real experiences?

What about giving an experience of music?

Our Musicolor Method® enables any child to begin making music instantly through the power of color.

Using color as educational scaffolding, we label fingers, keys and use a simplified notation that allows any child 3 1/2+ to start playing piano within three minutes!  And it works for all ages!  We can then move to other instruments as well.

 

Give your child or grandchild the gift they will have for the rest of their lives.

And you too!  Our gift certificates can kickstart a life of music and more.

 

Halloween in Park Slope

Halloween Parade In Park Slope Route Map
One of the biggest events of the year in Park Slope Brooklyn is our Halloween Parade.  While it’s not as large and raucous as the NYC parade in Greenwich Village, its still super fun and far more family-friendly.  Of course!
We are Park Slope, known for our double wide strollers, infants in bars ( dogs too) and an over abundance of preschools all costing north of $25,000 per year.
It’s set to start at 6:30pm on Thursday October 31, 2019 at Washington Park on 7th Avenue and 14th street.  It will wind its way down the avenue, turning at 3rd Street and ending at JJ Byrne Park, site of other historic Washington moments and for a brief period, the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Over the last 12 years, we’ve learned to NOT schedule music lessons on Halloween.  So no lessons!  How could any child sit and focus on music while mountains of candy await?
So enjoy your trick or treating!  I still may dress up as my alter ego of Metal Maestro!
See you in the lessons!
Andrew “metal maestro” Ingkavet
Director/Teacher/Fellow Park Slope parent

Brooklyn music lessons for kids – now in more neighborhoods

Brooklyn Music Lessons For Kids - No dogs

Now serving new additional neighborhoods with in-home lessons.

We send patient, kind and caring music teachers to your home in:

  • Bay Ridge
  • Bed Stuy
  • Boerum Hill
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • Bushwick
  • Carroll Gardens
  • Cobble Hill
  • Clinton Hill
  • Crown Heights
  • Gowanus
  • Kensington
  • Lefferts Gardens
  • Park Slope
  • Prospect Heights
  • Sunset Park
  • Williamsburg
  • Windsor Terrace

We teach the following instruments:

  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Drums
  • Songwriting
  • And so much more

If you’re neighborhood is not listed, please contact us, we may have added it recently.

How is it possible that we have expanded?  We now have 14 wonderful teachers.  You can find all of their photos and bios here (note – some are still being uploaded as I write this.)

All of our teachers are fully vetted, background checked and trained in our unique approach and philosophy of education:  Musicolor Method®.  It’s an approach that stresses playing first.  All the basics of music are covered, including reading music on a staff,  just in a more natural order.  The instant results we get boost self-confidence and enable kids to continue where other traditional methods have discouraged so many.

To learn more, visit our homepage or schedule a call with our founder and director, Andrew Ingkavet.

 

 

*Unfortunately, we do not teach dogs piano.  Neither do we teach cats or penguins.  Only kids!

Photos from our Holiday Party / Music Salon 2018

Park Slope Music Lessons Holiday Party Music Salon

Each year, I host a Holiday Party and Music Salon for our music students at one of our student’s homes. It’s a great way for our youngest and shyest to get over their fears of performing in front of others. And every year it gets better. It also gives a chance for new friendships to be be born and our Music Mentors and Mentees to hang out, each some treats and play for all of us. Wonderful.

Here’s some of the highlights.

51 Benefits of Arts Education for Kids

It’s National Arts in Education Week, the perfect time to remember the many benefits that learning music, art, and drama bring to our children.

Not only does Arts Education provide kids with the possibility of discovering a lifelong passion or creative career, but it also nurtures happiness, wellbeing, and inspiration – all things that can have a positive impact on academic subjects, too.

Here is visualization of the many evidence-based benefits of Arts Education:

Now you can see why it’s vital for parents and arts educators to come together and make their voices heard. Arts Education must remain a core part of our children’s learning experience.

To explore in more detail the benefits of Arts Education for kids, check out the full article accompanying this infographic, here: http://wetheparents.org/arts-education

 

Music education instills compassionate confidence

Park Slope Music Lessons Spring 2015 Recital

I believe music education is vitally important as it teaches one of the most important skills of childhood…confidence.  But it’s not the egotistical, brash arrogance posing as confidence that is plaguing our society.

Rather, we parents want our kids to be a clear channel for intuition and spirit developed by learning the laws of the Universe so perfectly exemplified in music.

We are all vibrating, resonating beings.  Let’s lift ourselves by resonating with the highest vibrations!

Come join us

This Saturday, June 10, 2017, we will host our Spring concerts at the Park Slope Library on 9th Street and 6th Avenue.

We have an 11am show and a 2pm show in the lower level auditorium.  Free and open to the public.  Come check out what your kids and neighbors have been working on for the last few months.

We have a diverse and eclectic music program including everything from Bach to Beethoven, Folk Songs to Lady Gaga, classic rock to the blues, original compositions and songs and, of course, music from Disney’s Moana.

Spring Recital is June 10, 2017

Students receive award certificates – Photo by Ted Ely

It’s less than a month to our Spring Recital.

Public performance is a huge growth opportunity and an essential skill for success in life.  I’ve heard many adults say how public speaking is at the top of their fear lists.

It was mine too!

Back when I was an awkward kid, somehow, I knew that if I could get over my fear of speaking or performing in public, I would have an easier time in life.  Through repeated practice in jobs, gigs and performing, I somehow got better.  Eventually, to my sheer amazement,  I even got a job as a host for MTV with a daily audience of millions!

Over the last ten years, I’ve seen many of my students blossom from shy wallflowers to starring in school plays – from unable to take a bow to belting out pop songs at the top of their lungs – from hiding behind their mother’s legs to standing confidently in front of a middle school interviewer…

Our recitals have played a huge part in your kid’s lives and I am immensely proud to be a part of this magical journey.

If you have never been to one, they are warm, family-friendly affairs where your children can grow.  I’ve considered moving to other venues, but the intimacy and community aspect of the library space is exactly what we are after.  A safe space.

So be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.  You can see previous videos here.

Spring Recital

June 10, 2017 – 11am or 2pm

Park Slope Library, 9th Street at 6th Avenue in the lower level auditorium.  Wheelchair and stroller accessible.  There is limited seating, so arrive early.

Please email me and let me know which time you would like to have your child perform.

Summer Lessons

You can sign up for lessons here – choose your dates & teacher and it will send a request for booking.

Songwriting Workshop

Please email me directly if you would like to enroll in the songwriting workshop.    Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm.  Ages 7+

Fall Deposits

As we have long had a waiting list, you will need to put down a $100 deposit/student to hold your time slot with your teacher.  This ensures you will continue beginning Friday September 8th, 2017.

I will be sending invoices for the Fall deposits shortly.

Please let me know if you will NOT be continuing so we can release your time to others.

Teachers

We now have 5 teachers in total!  Adam Holmes, Luba Mirzoyev, Frannie Brodeur, Sean Spada and myself.  We posted some new videos on Facebook of Sean and Adam recently.  You can see all the bios here. 

FaceBook page

Please like us on Facebook, leave a review and check out some of the new videos there!  

It’s a pleasure and honor to work with you and your children. Thank you for letting me, and all of our teachers, be a part of your world.

best,

Andrew Ingkavet

Owner, Teacher and fellow Park Slope parent

Recital Awesome-ness January 2017

Elias performs Heart and Soul at the Winter Music Recital January 2017

Wow, what a great set of concerts we had on Saturday!

Life Skills

It’s truly amazing to see what our kids can accomplish with some directed focus, guidance and perseverance.
These skills translate into wonderful life success skills and you may already notice them surfacing in areas like school, sports and homework.

But, I think this photo truly captures the spirit and essence of what our recitals at Park Slope Music Lessons are all about.
Can you guess what it is?
Elias performs Heart and Soul at the Winter Music Recital January 2017 Elias with his Dad perform Heart and Soul with a surprise support guest little brother Gabriel.

Joy!

Look at all that joy!  And how fun is it that Gabriel was so moved that he had to join them on stage!  After all, what good is music (and life) without joy?
Music is fun.

Music is social.

Music is therapeutic.

Music is all of these and more!

Grit

I’m so proud of all our students.  Please tell your children how much you appreciate all the courage and hard work that happened this week.
(And continues every week in the lessons and practicing.)

Be sure to praise specifically the effort and the work – not just a vague “good job!”
This is a key component of grit, which I’m sure you have heard lots about.
If not, check out Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth’s TED TALK or her new book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.

Videos of Recital Performances

I’ve uploaded all the videos to our YouTube channel here.
Plus you can always see them at our website under the Videos link.

I’ve included videos by students who could not attend but wanted to document their progress at the lessons.

Here’s Alejandro performing his original song For All The Days.

 

 

Morning recital students - we also had an afternoon show!
Morning recital students – we also had an afternoon show! Photo by Aehee Kang Asano.

Thanks for letting me be a part of your child’s musical magical adventure!

best,

Andrew
P.S. We’ll have a lot of photos soon.  Our photographer is busy editing and as soon as I get them, I’ll start sharing.

Winter Music Recital at Park Slope Library January 28, 2017

winter music recital 2017

Tomorrow is our big day.

We have two concerts scheduled at the Park Slope Library at 9th street and 6th Avenue.

  • 11:30 am
  • 2:15pm

As we have grown, we’ve had to create two separate concerts as the auditorium would not fit us.  Plus, I’m afraid of tiring out our audience with multiple renditions of Hot Cross Buns! 🙂

We’re going to have some great music – everything from folk songs to classic rock from Deep Purple and the Police to newer hits by Rihanna, Broadway show pieces, classical sonatinas and original songs.

Here’s Oliver practicing for the recital as he discovers a new sound he can use!

Mastery

All music should be memorized.  This is all about creating mastery.   With exception of lyrics and duets.

Stage Jitters and Power Poses

It is normal to be nervous and anxious.   One of the most amazing discoveries in the last few decades is the idea of the power pose. It has been proven in scientific studies that by holding the body in a confident pose, you can create the feeling of confidence.   And it only takes 2 minutes! Check out Dr. Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk or her new book Presence.

So when I talk about Power Poses on Saturday, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Get There Early

Another way to alleviate anxiety is to get there early.   It gives time for your child to acclimate to the new room.   He/she will also be able to warm up a little on the keyboard as I set up the equipment. Certificates I print out Award Certificates for each and every performer.

I bring up all the kids to the stage at the beginning.  Please be on time!

This allows for

1) the realization that it’s not so scary on the stage – you’re already there!

2) a wonderful photo opportunity of the entire group

3) a chance to recognize all the hard work and effort of our children

Seating

We usually set up a rug in the front for children to sit together.  We try to reserve chairs for elderly and pregnant parents first.  If you need to ensure seating for a family member, get there early.

Audience Expectations

We are here to support our kids.  Please give them your full attention. Please refrain from talking, texting or leaving early.   No matter how polished or unpolished the performer is, we need to applaud the effort.  It takes massive amounts of courage to perform in public.  Through repeated practice, we can overcome our stage fright.

 

We’re Hiring Music Teachers

Music teachers wanted in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Park Slope Music Lessons has several positions available for part-time piano teachers.
We would consider vocal and other instruments, but you should have a basic familiarity with piano and basic technique.

About Park Slope Music Lessons

  • We focus on working with young children ages, 3 1/2 and up, giving them the basics of music beginning at the piano keyboard.  We use a unique non-traditional method called The Musicolor Method®.
  • The position is ideal for someone who lives near to Park Slope, Brooklyn and can travel to student’s homes in the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Experience as a music teacher is NOT required.
  • Pay ranges from $25–$40 per hour.

We’re looking for teachers who…

  • At least 21 years of age
  • love working with children
  • are open to non-traditional approaches to teaching
  • Able to commit to working with students from September 2016 thru June 2017
  • are responsible
  • are honest
  • are looking to make the world a better place
  • may have children or grand children of their own
  • may be still in school

We are not looking for people who…

  • don’t like change
  • are impatient
  • are not open to new ideas
  • don’t enjoy being around or working with children
  • are prone to using foul language

We have a unique method and approach that has led us to having a 2 year waiting list.

If you would like to apply, please note there are specific precautions required by the NYC Department of Education.

  • You will be fingerprinted
  • We will run a background check

Hiring Process

  • Applications reviewed -deadline August 31, 2016
  • Finalists interviewed  – background check & fingerprinting
  • Training Begins September 8, 2016
  • Placement with students

Please submit your name, email and your resume.  Please tell us why you would make an excellent music teacher for children in our community.

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Spring Music Recital June 18 2016

SPRING MUSIC RECITAL in park slope

A super Spring Music Recital is headed your way. We’ll have 26 of my students performing uplifting music from Beethoven to Katy Perry to Andrew Lloyd-Weber to the Beatles to music from Hamilton and beyond!

  • Saturday June 18
  • 2pm -3:30pm(?)
  • Open to the public
  • Park Slope Library
  • 6th Avenue at 9th Street
  • Lower level auditorium – there is wheelchair ramp and elevator

Summer Music Lessons 2016 in Park Slope Brooklyn

Park Slope Summer Music Lessons 2016 (2)

 

Park Slope Summer Music Lessons 2016 (2)
Learn ukulele, guitar, piano and general music using the Musicolor Method®

The summer semester will run for 6 sessions from

June 29 – August 11 (no lessons the week of July 4 through 8).

Here’s the options.

Piano Using The Musicolor Method®

  • Ages 4 and up
  • 30 Minute private lessons
  • Including all materials, books and sheet music
  • First 2 lessons are trial lessons at $65/each
  • Subsequent summer lessons are $59/each payable in advance

You will need a keyboard or piano – here’s some piano and keyboard recommendations.

Guitar Using the Musicolor Method®

  • Ages 7 and up
  • 30 Minute private lessons
  • Including all materials, books and sheet music
  • First 2 lessons are trial lessons at $65/each
  • Subsequent summer lessons are $59/each payable in advance
  • You need to bring your own guitar – here’s some guitars for kids recommendations.
Please contact to set up a call to discuss your child in detail.

 

Holiday Sing-Along Party & Music Salon

All the students are doing fabulously well, and especially with their Christmas / Holiday songs.  Somehow having a hard time finding any Hannukah songs besides the Dreidel Song.  Anyone want to send me one?

Because our Winter Recital is not until late January, we have started a tradition of Holiday parties hosted at one of the student’s homes.  This is a great way we build community amongst our “music friends” as one of my little boys likes to say.

So check your inbox for the Evite from me.  Space is limited so we had to limit the amount of people.  As I currently have over 30 students weekly, there’s no way we could all fit in my home and we’re so happy that our student community has large lovely living rooms!

 

Summer 2015 Music Lessons in Park Slope, Brooklyn

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Summer is usually the best time to get started with private music lessons.  There’s less distractions going on with other activities and homework and my roster is much more flexible and open.

  • Dates:  July 6 – August 6, 2015
  • Days:  Monday through Thursday
  • Times available:  10am – 6pm (last lesson starts 5:30pm)
  • You can register your child here.
  • Within a day of registration, you will be sent a welcome email as well as access to the calendar to schedule your times/days as you wish.
  • Cost per lesson is $59.
  • There is a $10 materials fee.
  • You will receive an invoice by mid to end of June.

For more information take a look at the homepage at Park Slope Music Lessons.com

Spring Recital 2014 is on June 7 at 2pm

 

Our Spring Recital will be June 7, 2014 at 2pm
June 7 at 2pm, Park Slope Library

I’m looking forward to our upcoming Spring Music Recital on June 7 at 2pm.  It will be in our usual location, the auditorium of the Park Slope branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

We have a great program of diverse music from folk classics to Suzuki standards to pop songs from Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, One Republic, jazz standards in the style of Frank Sinatra and film and Broadway soundtracks all played by kids ages 5 to 13.

The show is free and open to the public.   You can see previous recital videos here.

Also, if you haven’t already signed up your child for summer lessons, I have some openings for our short summer session which runs 4 weeks in July from the 7th to 31st.   More info.

I’m also offering music lessons via internet (Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts) over the summer and into the Fall too.  This may be a good opportunity to continue practicing whilst at Grandma’s house.

Online Private Music Lessons via Skype or FaceTime or Google Hangouts

Update Jan 2017.  THIS SERVICE IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED AS OUR CALENDAR IS FULLY BOOKED.  PLEASE CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

You can now book a private lesson with me via SKYPE or FACETIME or GOOGLE HANGOUTS from anywhere in the world.

I can work with you and/or your child on piano, guitar, ukulele, songwriting, or music production via the comfort of your own home.

What you will need:

  • your instrument
  • an internet connection – preferably high speed Broadband
  • a webcam with your computer or a smartphone (iPhone or Android) or a tablet (iPhone or Kindle Fire or Galaxy or Surface)

When you register, please let me know what instrument you are registering for and if you have had any experience at all and the age of the student. After booking I’ll contact you via email to schedule a time. Please note, I am in New York City time zone so will not give lessons at 3am EST. 🙂