How to focus student focus Jun 03, 2022

All of a sudden it’s June! And it’s humid and warm in New York. At least today. The weather has been so unpredictable lately.

Next Saturday, I’m hosting my school, Park Slope Music Lessons, Spring Recital concerts. These events are so powerful as they act as a rite of passage...

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Online Music Lessons using Musicolor Method music lessons for kids musicolor method online music lessons remote music lessons Apr 13, 2021

Hello Parents!

We have exciting plans in store for you and your child(ren) later this year, 2021.  

In the meantime, 

If you are looking for local in-person or remote lessons for your child using Musicolor Method, we have our featured providers here.

You can also add your name...

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Smart kids make music NOT coding childhood development early childhood education music education musical intelligence steam stem Mar 29, 2021

Someone asked me recently, is it better for my kids to learn how to code or learn music.

 

Well, then I read this article Want Smarter Kids? Teach Music, Not Coding, According to MIT

 

Holy smokes!

 

It made me think of one of my students.

 

She was one of my earliest...

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Interview with Andrew Ingkavet of Musicolor Method - The Piano Pod andrew ingkavet interview music method books music teacher licensing music teacher training musicolor method the piano pod Feb 18, 2021

In this episode, The Piano Pod interviews Andrew Ingkavet, owner of Park Slope Music Lessons, and founder and CEO of The Musicolor Method, an innovative piano method for young learners.

We discussed topics such as what is behind the Musicolor Method's philosophy and how Andrew drew on his...

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Teaching Music To Kids With Autism Dec 06, 2020

So today I'm interviewing C.J. Stout, and that's actually why don't you introduce yourself, tell us a little bit about who you are.

My name's C.J..I am 39 years old. I live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States in a place called Shoreline, which is a suburb of Seattle,

just a few...

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What are your wins? Why focusing on wins is the key to success... how to practice life skills small wins success secrets winning Nov 02, 2020
"What are your wins?"
 
I start all my mastermind and coaching meetings (and even lessons) with this question.
 
Why?
 
Because by focusing on what is working, you shift focus away from the negative. Most of us humans spend our days focusing on what’s broken: our problems,...
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How To Use A Focus Window to Combat Overwhelm in Students combatting distraction distraction distraction dragon focus focus window hidden picture window how to focus student attention ideas for teachers lesson plan ideas music teacher pedagogy resource for teachers student distraction teach-nology teaching teaching strategies Sep 02, 2020

In the jungle that is music education, there lives a beast.  

A terrifying dragon that lurks behind every chair, instrument and music stand, it is the Distraction Dragon.  This beast is the greatest and most common enemy of all teachers.  

We tremble upon sensing the slightest...

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Every parent's greatest fear...and the real goal of childhood music educators music method music practice music student online piano lessons parenting parents Jun 25, 2020
Yesterday my son Alejandro graduated from high school.  
 
It seems only yesterday he was 3 years old and asking me to learn to play piano. In September, he’ll be starting college at Brown University. We are so proud of him.
 
As parents, we keep our kids under our wings...
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4 Challenges Of Every Music School Owner, Actually All Small Businesses 4 challenges of small biz advice for music teachers best practices blog business 101 business for musicians coaching for small business owners common business challenges fundamentals of business making money from music marketing for music teachers mindset small business basics successful teaching business Nov 08, 2019

So you know you can teach music...congratulations!

It’s only the first step.

Offering your services and successfully running a profitable business is a whole other problem. This is the problem most music teachers who want to grow a successful business face.

It feels like a massive tangle of...

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Can we redesign music education? blog design design experience disrupt education education policy music education professional development redesign student experience design students sx designer teachers user experience user interface ux Mar 27, 2017

What if we could redesign music education?

A designer’s goal is to make experiences simple, intuitive and accessible.  It’s all about creating an effective user experience. In many first lessons, teachers start with a symbolic language of staff, treble clef, whole notes, half...

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How To Make Practicing Fun For Your Music Students andrew ingkavet games for music students games to teach music gamification how to make practice fun how to teach kids music lesson plan ideas music curriculum music method music practice tips music student best practices music teacher music teacher best practices practicing tips teaching ideas teaching kids music the musicolor method Sep 17, 2015

Years ago I began to  notice a problem with some of my students:  Some of them would only retain the last one or two songs we were working on in the music lessons.

No matter how many times I tried to explain that it was important to retain a "repertoire" of pieces they could...

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