How This All Started
My son Alejandro entered the world singing. Ever since I can remember, we sang to him, and he sang back. When he turned three, he began asking for music lessons. Even though I had trained to be a music teacher at NYU (Scholar in Education), I had never made that my professional focus. I figured I’d just get him a local teacher. To my surprise, not a single teacher would accept a three year old. They would say,
“Come back when he’s eight.”
So I decided to make teaching my son a home-school project. I pulled out
all my old music education textbooks, dove deep into the library, and spent thousands of hours (and dollars!) researching methods, materials, and curriculum.
A Gap In Music Education
What I discovered was... a gap in music education.
There were plenty of toddler clap-along and sing-along programs, but no one presented a viable curriculum to teach a preschooler how to play an instrument. The more I experimented, though, the more I knew it was
Today, I’ve spent over a decade with music education as my primary professional focus. I’ve gone from a handful of children to a thriving music school with several teachers and close to 100 students per week.
The Musicolor Method® is now being taught worldwide with incredible results.
By following along with simple proven songs and activities in sequence, I am confident that you can successfully introduce the magic of music to your child / student.
And my son? I’m happy and proud to say he is growing up into a fine young man and accomplished musician who still sings everyday!
I wish you the best with your musical magical journey!
Andrew Ingkavet, Founder & CEO
Andrew Ingkavet sparks wonder, creativity and growth through music as an educator, author and entrepreneur. Insatiably curious – a lover of travel, food, and ideas, he uses music to lead us back to our unique authentic selves. He is a former MTV-VJ, an award-winning composer and was on the marketing team for artists including Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Tracy Chapman and many more.
Andrew has built a thriving music school in Brooklyn, NY. and has shared his unique curriculum, the Musicolor Method®, through several books and online courses. He is also founder of 300 Monks Music, a licensing company.
Born to Thai/Chinese and Korean parents, it wasn’t easy for Andrew growing up in an all-white suburb. It wasn’t until he discovered rock music that he found a way to connect with his peers. At 14, Andrew started practicing guitar up to 9 hours a day eventually winning a scholarship to NYU for education / performance. The traits he learned through intense focus, practice and performance made a huge impact on his life and career and is what he shares with his clients, students and teachers.
Andrew has had a lifelong passion for discovery which has led him to a wide-angle career which includes music marketing to acting to information design to forex trading to television host to journalism to film scoring and songwriting. In 1991 he was selected as one of the first on-air personalities (VJ) for the new MTV-Asia based in Hong Kong. While there, Andrew’s curiosity with the new Internet led to his cofounding the first digital media agency in Asia, and upon returning to New York, joining several tech startups including Music Boulevard and agencies Digitas and FCB as Creative Director.
Andrew has published many articles to industry blogs including Teachwell, Music Teachers Helper and the Musicolor Method blogs. He has written for several music industry publications, has appeared on television MTV, CNBC, MSNBC and in print media AsiaWeek, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the South China Morning Post. He has guest lectured at film festivals, computer user groups, Toastmasters, NYU, Fordham and Brooklyn College.
Andrew holds a Bachelors of Music from NYU and has completed post-graduate studies at School of Visual Arts, Mannes College of Music, ASCAP/NYU Film Scoring Workshop and The Juilliard School.
Andrew is available for comment and public speaking on music and creativity, life skills through music, applying music principles to business leadership and education reform.
Music by Andrew Ingkavet
Film and theater scores.