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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wow, what a great set of concerts we had on Saturday!
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 with his Dad perform Heart and Soul with a surprise support guest little brother Gabriel.
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!
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.)
We have two concerts scheduled at the Park Slope Library at 9th street and 6th Avenue.
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!
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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
Open to the public
Park Slope Library
6th Avenue at 9th Street
Lower level auditorium – there is wheelchair ramp and elevator
Our Winter Recital is tomorrow. 28 kids performing after months of preparation everything from Beethoven to Bruno Mars, Carole King To John Williams, Harold Arlen to Hoagie Carmichael, Taylor Swift to Andrew Lloyd Weber – even some Jimi Hendrix. Big day for all!
We’ll post videos soon and may even try a little live Periscope.
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!
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.
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:
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. 🙂
Summer is usually the best opportunity for new students to join my private music studio. Once you are on my roster, if the fit is good for teacher, student and parents, I will make every effort to accommodate you on the school year schedule. I am incredibly grateful to have so many students who stay with me for years. This summer, I will be offering private and limited group lessons beginning July 7. Music lessons:
Monday through Thursday 10am to 5:30pm.
July 7 through 31, 2014
Lesson are $57 per half hour with an additional materials fee of $20 for the summer.
You can sign up for once per week or even 4 times per week for a super accelerated learning experience. The summer is a time for renewal, recharging and having some fun along with learning. With that in mind, I’ve designed a few summer fun-tastic ways to learn basics of music, ukulele, guitar, piano or songwriting. These music lessons are usually private, but I can accommodate small groups. See below.
For ages 4 to 5, I highly recommend starting with piano and basic music theory in a weekly 30 minute private lesson.
For ages 6-7, especially if you have had some prior experience with music instruction, we can work on guitar, ukulele, recorder, piano, songwriting etc.
For ages 8 and up, we can usually move much quicker and move into pop songs, Broadway, blues and basic jazz.
Group discounts are available – if you know of other children the same age and experience level, I can accommodate up to 4 children for group lessons.
If you are interested, you can register here. I will discuss specific scheduling with you.
We had our 10th recital hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library and it was a resounding success! Such a wonderful diversity of music, talent and focus. All my students pulled it together and presented their best.
I’ve posted all the videos on our YouTube Channel.
I still have some availability for my Fun With Music Games for Learning Theory classes. There is no prior experience necessary (for the beginner class) and it’s guaranteed to make music learning fun and memorable.
You know kids love games! They instantly perk up at the slightest mention. I so wish my music teachers knew about making games out of music theory. It’s the fastest, funnest and most enjoyable way to learn some very abstract concepts.
In my private music lessons, I always use a game for the theory stuff. Usually it’s just me and your child.
This summer, I’ve dedicated 2 afternoons for Music Games days – Tuesdays for beginners and Thursdays for advanced. This will let us enjoy the fun of a group playing the games – and learning at the same time. These classes are open to my current students as well as new ones who may have never even played an instrument. No matter, it will be fun for all.
What Are Music Games?
Here’s the core of what we’ll be learning through the fun and magic of games. Advanced students will touch on these but go further faster.
Music alphabet – 7 letters – sequencing backwards, forwards, up, down and then skipping in intervals. These girls are “thinking in thirds.”
Line and space notes – Learning the differences
Rhythm with Blue Jello words and symbols
Dictation – using numbers for pitches, developing listening skills
Solfege with Curwen hand signs – then Melodic Dictation and Melodic Bingo using solfege.
Grand staff – treble and bass clefs, pitch names, intervals
And lots more!
I still have a few openings for both Beginner and Advanced. Please note these are small groups of 6 students, so it will be fun for all!
Mark Your Calendars
Here’s the dates:
Tuesday Beginners – 4pm to 5:15pm ($45/each student/class)
July 9, 16, 23, 30 and Aug 6
Thursday Advanced – 4pm to 5:15pm ($45/each student/class)
July 11, 18, 25 and Aug 1, 8
Please contact me know if you are interested as soon as possible.
If you are interested in piano, guitar, strumstick, ukelele, voice, songwriting and music theory lessons this summer, there are still slots available. The summer lesson schedule runs 6 weeks from July 9 through August 16 Monday through Thursdays. There are morning and afternoon sessions. Lessons are $60 each or $330 for the full 6 weeks.