About Leo

Award-winning guitarist Leo Garcia is the founder of KinderGuitar. He has worked with hundreds of children and families for over 15 years, and also is an active performer who has performed across North America, South America, and Europe. His writings have appeared in the leading guitar journals. Leo grew up in Venezuela but left to pursue higher education in the U.S., eventually earning four degrees (in economics and in music) from Yale University and the New England Conservatory, before developing the KinderGuitar music education system. KinderGuitar now offers training and licensing to highly qualified educators to help them create successful and sustainable music-teaching studios in their communities.

Quote to Ponder

The ‘magic number’ is the number of times you practice a spot after getting it exactly the way you want it. — Margaret Elson, Passionate Practice (Regent Press, 2002).

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KinderGuitar Spring Concert 2016

Once again I’ve been inspired by all of the young performers who participated in the KinderGuitar Spring Concerts. The programs keep getting better – music by Domeniconi, Lauro, Bach, Villa-Lobos, de Falla, Albeniz, and others! Thanks to all the parents who continue to place music on the list of priorities at home.

 

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Guitar Foundation of America and KinderGuitar

Leo Garcia, founder of KinderGuitar, LLC., will be giving a lecture “KinderGuitar – A Model for Building a Musical Community” at the 2015 Guitar Foundation of America International Convention and Competition in Oklahoma City this summer. If you have an interest in educating the future generation of guitarists, we hope to see you there!

KinderGuitar Winter Concerts

Every winter and spring, my students celebrate their musical achievements in front of an audience. It takes courage, hard work, focus, practice, and it is impressive to see the results. A week ago I was reminded once again how lucky I am to be part of such a wonderful community of parents and children […]

Playing Simple Melodies Well

 

Connecting notes successfully in a melody means the difference between sounding like a typewriter and sounding like a singer with a beautiful voice. I often use the phrase “passing off the pinch” to help describe the principle of correct left hand movement that occurs between notes of a melody. The basic principle is simply […]

FINDING MORE GUITAR TIME

Lately, I have been spending more and more “guitar time” with my oldest son, Max (5). Though I used to sit down with him once or twice a week and let him have lightly structured “fun” (which is what I refer to as the “babble phase”) I realize as these days go by that […]

More Home Practice Tips for Parents

Internet, television, video games, sports, chores, and homework ferociously compete for your child’s music making time at home and, unfortunately, they often win. If we truly want our children to succeed in music, to enjoy the rewards of mastering a musical instrument, both indirect and direct, and to lead culturally rich lives, it helps […]

Empathy

As an educator, I’ve both learned from experience and learned from research about the importance of empathy. Teachers and parents who empathize with their students and children can transform a negative dynamic to a constructive one.

Reflect on your language at home during guitar time and if you are an educator, during class. Phrases […]

Spring Concert Highlights

Another spring concert has brought our KinderGuitar community together. Students ages 5-17, some veteran performers and some first-time performers, prepared solos, duets, trios, and even some quartets for an eager and excited audience of parents, siblings, friends, and family. Performers played folksong arrangements for multiple guitars, rounds, Spanish music, music from both the classical […]

KINDERGUITAR on TV!

Recently, our Licensed and Certified KinderGuitar Teacher, Rodney Burr, appeared on KASA Fox 2 Live. His KinderGuitar NM has grown tremendously this last year and is getting the attention it deserves. Rodney’s expertise with the KinderGuitar curriculum is quite evident: one of his talented students performed a very difficult song for someone only in […]