Spanish Piano SongBook Vol 1 Now Available!

Last week, my wife and I went uptown to the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem. We went to see Latin History for Morons, the one-man Broadway show by John Leguizamo. For those who don’t recognize his name, he is a Colombian/Puerto-Rican American comedian and actor seen in movies such as Super Mario Bros, Moulin Rouge,…

Carol’s Students Learn Faster and Have More Fun With Color

Though she had already been working with young music students, Carol found that it was often difficult to transition them from early childhood classes to learning to read and play instruments. That’s when she came across the idea of using color as learning scaffolding and The Musicolor Method Masterclass. Carol has since adapted the Musicolor…

Anne Reinvented Her Career With The Perfect Part-Time Piano School

After a long recovery from surgery, Anne was wondering if she would ever be able to have the stamina and drive to teach music again. She reconnected to her love of early childhood education, and her passion for playing, when she came across the Musicolor Method. Now, Anne has reinvented herself as a private music…

How to make music practice effective – it can change your life

Men Wearing Makeup Playing Loud Guitars When I was 12, I discovered something so fantastic, larger-than-life, and electrifying! It was the rock band KISS. It was colorful, loud, and crazy. But maybe even more, my parents hated it! All of a sudden, everything else faded away and I wanted to be one of these super-hero-like…

The importance of listening to the right music

How Music Teachers Are Like DJ’s – As a music teacher, your job is not only to educate but also to inspire. To truly connect your student to music, you need to know a bit about them. What kind of music do they like? Do they have favorite artists or genres? But what about the earliest experiences of music?

Music from Frozen – Easiest Piano Sheet Music

Do You Want To Build A Snowman? I can’t ever recall a time when I’ve had so many requests for the same music from virtually all of my students.  Disney’s film Frozen  and it’s incredibly catchy music has captivated every kid I know.  And especially since the songwriters live in my neighborhood! I’ve taught Let it…

Why Memorizing Music Is So Important

With all of my students, I stress the importance of memorizing their pieces, especially for performance at a recital. Here’s some of the reasons why. Repetition is the Mother of Skill How many times did Tiger Woods hit a golf ball before ever entering a competition? Apparently he was already golfing at age 2 when…

Glenn Gould’s Finger Tapping Exercise for Piano Technique

Many of you are struggling with playing cleanly and smoothly. This simple technique can help you to relax your fingers to pay more fluidly. Developed by Glenn Gould’s mentor and longtime teacher Chilean pianist Alberto Guerrero, it aims to retain a relaxed muscle memory. You can learn more about this in the wonderful documentary Genius…