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.

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 […]

JUNIOR BACH PERFORMERS

After auditions in January, two extraordinary KinderGuitar students, Cate Muller (12) and Max Garcia (9), were chosen to perform in the 60th Junior Bach Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Junior Bach Festival is a San Francisco Bay Area institution dedicated to touching young lives by promoting the study and performance of […]

CONGRATULATIONS TO KINDERGUITAR NM

KinderGuitar, the popular national music education program for children, has awarded KinderGuitar New Mexico with its Best New KinderGuitar Program 2012 for “extraordinary efforts to build a musical community through educational excellence” and its director, Rodney Burr, with Best New KinderGuitar Teacher 2012 for “guiding and educating his students with passion and enthusiasm”.

 

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From the New York Times

Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits
When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life. view article

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LITTLE FROGGIE!

KinderGuitar’s Little Froggie Songbook is here! Now parents and educators can introduce KinderGuitar into their homes and classrooms. Please see our products page for details on ordering.

Masterclass with Marc Teicholz

A few days ago some of our advanced students, ages ranging from 8-15, performed for San Francisco Conservatory faculty member, brilliant guitarist and phenomenal teacher, Marc Teicholz, in our annual guest masterclass series. These events are always thrilling for everyone involved: students grow and learn from watching each other experience a class, students have […]

EMPHASIZING EFFORT

While coaching in class and at home with my own children, I have been working on emphasizing effort. It takes courage to try something new in front of a teacher and in front of peers and classmates. And, it takes courage to try something that is likely to fail on the first try. However, […]

IMPROVISATION

In addition to developing our musicianship skills through listening, playing, and practicing, I’m spending some time helping my students develop some improvisation skills, or as I like to call it “noodling” skills, in class this fall. Once your child is advanced enough to play the notes of their first songs confidently, the guitar holds […]

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