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 […]

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.

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, […]

INDIRECT PROGRESS

Several weeks ago, I had a very talented student work on a difficult section of a piece she was preparing. We went through it slowly, broke it down into bite size pieces, sang it the way she wanted to play it, considered many, many fingerings for the left hand and right hand, kept at […]