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Are music lessons helpful for all children?

Are music lessons helpful for all children? “Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen Many people think of music as mere entertainment, but I believe learning to make music is a metaphor for learning life skills. Science has proven the benefits of music lessons to stimulate whole brain development in children more than […]

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How To Talk So Kids Will Practice

How To Talk So Kids Will Practice Just about everyone I’ve talked to has a challenge with getting their kids to practice.  I too had this issue.   When my son Alejandro was young, not only was I the parent, but also the teacher. It was very challenging and we would often end our lessons […]

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This is the gift of music for your grandchild

[products] 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 […]

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Halloween in Park Slope

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 […]

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What is the real reason we send our kids to college?

What if we could be limitless?   What would you do if you knew you could not fail?     What projects would you work on?  Where would you go? Would you still be doing the work you do now?   In the film Limitless, a pill gives one human the power of all knowledge, and […]

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Brooklyn music lessons for kids – now in more neighborhoods

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: […]

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Photos and Videos from Spring 2019 Recital Concerts

We had a fabulous set of recital concerts on June 8, 2019. Just over 60 of our students performed. It was a fantastic celebration of all the hard work, focus and practice of life skills through music. Here’s some photo highlights. Photos by Miles Schiff Stein And you can see videos here.

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Meritocracy: how to fix the problems

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

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Today is World Autism Awareness Day!

Kids with ASD, ADHD, preliterate, and beginners in general love our Musicolor Method curriculum. They can shine with our unique visual vocabulary for music.

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Winter Recital Concerts

You can see the joy on their faces and it’s awesome! Excitement is building for the two Winter Recital Concerts coming next week. It’s a massive undertaking to produce these concerts and I appreciate your support. Here’s some reminder details. Date Time and Location Where: St. Francis Xavier church – corner 6th Ave and Carroll […]

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Photos from our Holiday Party / Music Salon 2018

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 […]

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What is the most destructive question that everyone asks themselves?

And how to ask a better question “What’s in it for me?” This is the underlying question almost everyone has running in the back of their minds. Someone makes you an offer and you automatically ask it. “What’s in it for me?” Parents ask a variation, “What’s in it for my child, my family?” It’s […]

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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 […]

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Is it too early for my child to learn piano?

Is it too early to start music lessons? The best part of our curriculum, the Musicolor Method®, is that it enables children 4 to 6 year olds to start exploring their natural curiosity and passion for music.  Most music schools and private teachers will not accept children under the age of 7 or 8. We […]

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This is why you should not learn to read music first

Should All Music Students Learn to Read Music? As a music teacher, I’m often asked about reading music.  Some parents want to know,”Will my child learn to read music?”  These are usually parents who have had musical training and see the benefits of being able to read music from the last 1000 years of music […]

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Can special needs children learn to play an instrument?

Music lessons for special needs children? If you ask the average music teacher about special needs children as students, you may get a blank stare. There isn’t much literature focused on this. Children with special needs may include those with learning disabilities, developmental issues, as well as those on the Autism spectrum. At Park Slope Music Lessons, […]

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This is the instrument every music student should start with

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Infographic on the powerful benefits of music for babies and kids

Most of our students at Park Slope Music Lessons have some experience with early childhood music programs.  But you can even start singing to your baby in the womb.   I came across this delightful and educational infographic from the fine folks at Mom Loves Best. Our Musicolor Method® is a fun, simple and effective […]

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Why I want my student’s “desk” as big as possible

Did you ever go to a library or coffee shop just to have a bigger desktop?  There’s something so spacious and freeing about just having more physical workspace right in front of you. Last week, I visited several co-working spaces in New York City just for that reason. Having a bigger desktop is incredibly freeing. […]

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The best way to praise your children

The best way to praise your children Take a look at these two sentences. 1) “Great job, you must be really smart.” 2) “Great job, you must have worked really hard at this.” So similar but a vast difference in results.   If you say “Great job, you must be really smart,” the child hears, […]