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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

By |September 12th, 2012|Advice for Parents|0 Comments|

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 […]

By |September 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

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 […]

FROGGIE ALMOST HERE!

KinderGuitar’s Little Froggie Songbook is almost here. Please stay tuned!

By |May 12th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Building Skill

Each song in the skill building curriculum is presented in our KinderGuitar code (in addition to standard notation) for two main reasons: to make it easy for musically illiterate parents to follow and for parent and children to see how music notation is deconstructed into rhythm and pitch. Each song also has all the […]

By |February 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off|