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Yup. It’s that time of year! Everyone loves a musical gift you can dig into and start playing immediately – regardless of musical experience. I’ll start off with some small, low cost options (great ‘stocking stuffers’) and move on to some larger instrument options for the more dedicated musicians:
Melodica: This beauty is the closest thing to a portable piano. We use it all the time for ear training games and I’ve played my fair share of reggae gigs on it: BUY HERE
Hand Drum: The ultimate entry level instrument. Anyone can pick this sucker up and join a home jam session or play along with their favorite song. BUY HERE
Chicken Shakers: Why not? Less than ten bucks and enough for the whole family to jam along. Plus they remind me of all my favorite singer songwriters from the 90’s. BUY HERE
Xylophone: Wait!! Before you decide this is only for toddlers, remember that making melodies by hitting something is incredibly satisfying for all ages & the barrier to entry on this little guy is minimal. Anyone can play it, even if you are, “not musical”: BUY HERE
More Substantive Instruments For those that are ready to plunk down a bit more $ for some key music making toys this gear is not top end but just well built & super fun, rugged pieces that will keep your musician exploring & playing for years. I own at least a few of these and have not regretted a single purchase:
First Acoustic Guitar: My friend who has played professionally all his life, put it simply, “Yamaha makes a great entry level guitar that lasts forever.” I trust him for almost everything music or car related (he was a chief mechanic before becoming a jazz guitarist) & he has been absolutely right on this tip. We have at least five of these @ the Brooklyn Music Factory. I recommend getting the all inclusive package that comes with a bag, picks, and some other goodies: BUY 3/4 Size HERE (up to 10 years old) BUY Full Size HERE
Ukulele: This is the real deal! Why do you need to spend money on a Ukulele? Because this one will NOT go out of tune every two minutes: BUY HERE
Electronic Drum Set: If you have been to the BMF community room, you will have most likely taken a ride on one of our two electronic drum sets on the Main Stage. These things are the most popular part of our new space and both kids and adults LOVE them. The headphone options is great for the noise conscious household BUY HERE
Digital Piano: I get asked about digital pianos daily. Bottom line is that they are a great starter for your home and will be more than sufficient for at least the first 5 years. AND we have an AMAZING local deal with Big Wrench Piano. Click Here to learn more and make it happen today. Brian at Big Wrench will even have it delivered and set up(!) at your home. LEARN MORE HERE
Real Drum Set: This is a drum kit designed by Quest Love form the Roots (and the late night band). We have one at BMF and I think it’s hands down the sexiest instrument I’ve seen in a decade. PLUS…it comes with bags to drape over each drum to cut the volume down in half when playing! It sounds amazing, takes up a tiny bit of room, and just makes buckets of sense for NYC living: BUY HERE
Wait!!!!! What about lessons for the adult in your life? We have the perfect Jump Starter Lesson Package: 3 OR 6 Lessons. CLICK BELOW.
Since last year we’ve upgraded from just BMF tees and now have trucker hats, bags of BMF picks, & even BMF drum sticks (easily the hippest swag I’ve ever seen). Check out some selections below from our new online store and support a local, community based, family owned business! BMF Drum Sticks, BMF Trucker Hat, BMF Winter Hat, BMF Hoodie , BMF Coffee Tumbler & MORE Sign up for 2017 Camp!!
What do students learn in Drum Lessons at Brooklyn Music Factory?
Consider This: We take your brain, split it into four individual entities and assign each one a limb. Now we add an array of tasks to each unit – such as rhythmic fluency, dynamics, varied tempos and pattern recognition; finally, we put your brain together again, and you play drums with a smile on your face. Sounds Crazy?
Drum Lessons at The Brooklyn Music Factory focus on 4 Way Independence and music fluency. What do we mean by this? Well, four way independence can be thought of as technique or the physical relationship to the instrument. The term “physical” being paramount in this case, since playing drums is essentially an athletic activity requiring LOTS of body awareness and intense control.
We’ll help you get in shape, improve stamina, and raise your awareness…all needed to steer the ship and communicate with other musicians in a band.
Four Way Independence Requires:
Learning the architecture of the instrument: Hitting the right drums in the right place, high VS low sounds, cymbals vs drums, feet vs hands.
Learning how to move your body to play fast vs slow. And how to stay relaxed and open for long stretches of playing or under the stress of a performance. We call this, ‘being in a ready position to play…always.’
Learning how to get a quality sound out of the instrument (soft vs loud…crescendo vs diminuendo).
Ultimately, learning how to keep your body ‘in shape.’ Every day. Every week. And ready for every gig.
And fluency can be thought of as learning the language of music. Or building vocabulary, structure, and growing comfortable & confident communicating with others.
Music Fluency Requires:
Learning how Beats, rhythm and patterns all work together to create a musical drum part that fits with the rest of the group.
Learning and recognizing different genres of music (identifying a Rock Beat VS a Jazz Beat, etc.)
Identifying patterns found within beats quickly and easily (and how they are organized/built)
- Learning to break down song form through both listening and counting. Ultimately, internalizing the length of sections by feel (4 Bars vs 8 Bars vs 16 Bars, etc.
Recognizing how song form dictates what happens on the drums. The song rules over the drums (not the other way around!)
Doing extensive Rhythm Training. Rhythm Training applies to absolutely everything we do on the instrument. Rhythm Training is like understanding all the math behind music construction…students start with Quarter Notes (1,2,3 & 4) and build up from there until they can identify and play 8th Notes, 16th Notes, Triplets, Straight vs Shuffled Feels.
Learning how to read basic Drum Notation (the type of notation used primarily for pop, rock and jazz).
Learning how to listen beyond the drums, identify all the other instruments in a band and use them for a drummer’s musical cues.
- Playing LOTS of BLAM Games (see below for further explanation)
Here is what a 45 minute Brooklyn Music Factory Drum Lesson feels like from start to finish:
5 Minute Warm Up:An Improvised and timed musical conversation on drums, piano, voice, or even body percussion.
10 Minutes of Skillz & Drillz:This is all about building technique on the drums as it applies to the student’s gig song (what they will be playing with other musicians at an upcoming performance).
5 Minute Weekly Goal Review:Every student has one weekly music goal and this is when it gets tested. The student and teacher play through the weekly goal and then ask the question, ‘did we achieve our weekly goal?’ The teacher & student keep track of Yes/No every week, all year and parents receive a monthly report.
15 Minute BLAM Game: BLAM stands for Big Lesson About Music. This is when the student builds music fluency and it’s all done through game based learning techniques. We game-i-fy everything because we have learned that kids are far more likely to grow their fluency when the exercises are disguised in a game. Oh yeah, and they LOVE leveling up. There are 15 levels for each game (5: BEG/5: INT/5:ADV) in each category making for 100’s of games. BLAM games are leveled from absolute beginner to professional. It takes our students 7-10 years to complete all 15 levels of each game. (see a more detailed explanation below)
10 Minute Song Work: This is when the student works on reading and playing songs out of their book or from BMF lead sheets of pop, rock, jazz songs.
5 Minute HomeRock Review: HomeRock is what we call our Lesson Notes. Every student has a HomeRock binder that holds weekly lesson notes + all support materials. At the top of the HomeRock is the student’s weekly goal. The HomeRock is also emailed to parents every week.
BLAM (Big Lessons About Music) Explained:
At Brooklyn Music Factory, we focus on a game based curriculum…but what exactly does that mean? We have built a massive library (100’s of games/levels at last count) of what we call BLAM Games: Big Lessons About Music – Games. The goal is to build music fluency in four categories:
Rhythm:Groove is paramount to any musician’s success. Students study hearing and reading rhythmic notation (in all its divisions, sub-divisions & combinations), as well as how to actually apply them to Rock and Pop music.
Melody: Students learn to hear and analyze the contour and logic behind melodies. They study intervals (the distance between two notes) and how a melody is a combination of steps, skips and leaps within a major or minor scale.
Harmony: Students build a working knowledge of chords and how they are combined to create progressions. Beginning BMFers start by working with chords start as three notes known as triads and over the next ten years grow a working knowledge of extended pop & jazz chords.
Lyrics/Form/Composition: Composition and improvisation are a HUGE part of what we do at Brooklyn Music Factory. Students work from the very first lesson on growing confident expressing themselves in the language of music with our totally improvised duet, we call this the5 Minute Warm Up.As well, students learn that songs are made up of a clear structure with lyrics driving the melodic and harmonic rhythm. Students dissect the importance of words and how each syllable has implications in the entire band. By midway through middle school, all of our students are challenged to start composing. Each year we feature ten original private lesson student compositions on an album release through BMF Records.
Please feel free to email or call with further questions. Learning and making music is a life long journey that requires both a community of supporters as well as mindful & attentive mentors every step of the way. While it may be easy to believe that the great musicians were ‘born with talent,’ the truth is anything that is worth doing takes true commitment, work, and a whole lot of help staying on the right track.
See you at BMF!
Why see music live?
What is it about live music that is so profound and life changing?
We live in a world where we have easy access to anything we want …. immediately. Books, music, videos, magazines…anything we want to consume is just a couple clicks away. Just two clicks to hear the latest Justin Beiber. Just two clicks (or one if you use Siri) to hear Red Garland play C Jam Blues (that’s been my listening for the week). It’s so damn easy. We can consume any time, anywhere, and it takes almost no effort.
OR Maybe not.
Music can be listened to in two ways: Actively OR passively.
Examples of active listening are what we do with our students all the time in lessons:
- Counting along with a James Brown track.
- Clapping at the beginning of the verse on the latest Coldplay hit.
- Singing harmonies to Adele’s ‘Hello.’
- Calling out the chord changes while the Autumn Leaves is playing.
- Listening to only the ride cymbal John Bonham’s drum part.
Every time we challenge ourselves to a listening exercise like one of the above, we become engaged in the music. We forget what ever else is going on in the room, in our life, the noise in our head quiets down and we focus.
We focus on sound. Only sound.
That is active listening. Active listening is rare.
Passive listening is something very different (and not so rare):
- Putting on Adele while you cut up potatoes for dinner.
- Taking a bath and listening to Stravinsky.
- Reading (?!) and listening to Miles Davis.
- Playing a card game while pumping Depeche Mode.
- Driving through the streets of the BK and blasting the Beastie Boys.
Every time we use music to lubricate another of life’s activities, we are passively engaged. Anytime we are multi tasking with music, that is passive listening. Passive listening is the most common listening we do and it’s gotten a whole lots more common now that we can command music with a single click.
We make little to no effort to get music playing. We can make little to no effort when listening to it.
Why see music live?
What is it about live music that is so profound and life changing?
Live music is not only amazingly fun & entertaining, but it challenges us to stay active. We are faced with a band of musicians that scream active participation in the music. We can literally see the ride cymbal on the drum set. We can focus on the right hand of the guitar player and hear so much more clearly every melody she is picking. We are forced to focus.
Live music is the easiest (and most fun way) to re-engage with music.
So, how do you spend most of your listening time? If you are like most of us, and do it passively, then I strongly encourage you to go see a show ASAP. Go see five shows this Spring. Go see five different genres of music. Go see a choir and try to focus on just one singer. Go see a jazz show and watch the bass player’s hand pull the gut strings of his upright bass. Go see a rock show and focus on the keyboard player for an entire song.
Come to our Friday Night Lights family friendly & FREE concert series where you will hear world class music on our very own Main Stage.
Life is full of listening possibilities. We just gotta open our ears.
Lose our minds and come to our senses!
Without a doubt, one of the most confusing (and confounding!) parts of raising a musical family is understanding how to build lasting practice habits with your child. There is so much misinformation about what makes a musician and how much practice is needed. As a parent, you really have no real manual beyond what you believe to be true and it usually goes something like: My child needs to practice everyday for thirty minutes. If they don’t practice it means they ‘aren’t serious’ or ‘just don’t have talent’ and therefore it’s ‘a waste of everybody’s time and money.’
Well, this post is actually not about the long-term strategy of building lasting practice habits, but rather what you can absolutely expect in the first few months with every beginning musician if you do not implement a long term strategy. I have written a whole series of articles on the key steps to building habits…PLEASE read these first.
Here are those articles (start with #1!):
OK…so let me paint the picture of every musician just getting started. And it does not matter the instrument…piano, bass, drums, voice, guitar…the pattern is almost always the same.
Every musician leaves their first lesson super excited. They have gotten introduced to a brand new toy…and they got to play. They may have even gotten a new book and @ Brooklyn Music Factory, they have gotten their new HomeRock binder. Life is good and exciting. And they cannot wait to come back for the 2nd and third lesson.
The lessons are getting a bit challenging but are still fun. But right when they started to become kinda annoying (and the initial excitement has worn off) they get a new keyboard or practice pad or guitar to practice on at home. Yippee!! Life gets super exciting again because they have a toy at home to play with! Practicing at home begins in earnest now that there is an instrument. The parents also get ‘serious’ about practice because they have just spent $200 on a guitar and want to be sure they want their kid to fully appreciate the investment. (This is often where things star to go wrong with long term practice strategy….more on this below)
Practicing started off with a bang and now it seems to have fizzled out. What happened?! That guitar was so exciting for the first few weeks. Your child would ask to play it and you thought, ‘my kid really does have a knack for music!’ But now a few weeks later, he never takes it out of the case. He doesn’t seem that interested in playing. He still likes going to his lesson. He LOVES his teacher. But at home, it has gone from play to a chore. Parents…this is when you hear yourself saying things like, ‘you need to practice. If you don’t practice, I am going to cancel your lessons.’ OR ‘We spent good money on that keyboard, if you don’t start practicing we are going to sell it!’ (We sound an awful lot like our parents!….How did that happen?)
Does this 3 month pattern sound familiar? If so, you are not alone. I just described 90% of all beginning musicians.
Why do I point this out? Because it is vital that as a parent, you manage your expectations in years 1-3 AND most importantly, begin to implement the steps outlined in my previous articles on building habits AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Why am I being so dramatic (ALL CAPS)? Because I desperately want your child to grow as a musician and love making music with others for the rest of their lives. Anything less than that and I/we have failed them. Music is too much fun to miss out on!
Practice habits are no different than the countless other habits you are building at home. Music isn’t some magical thing that kids just naturally know how to implement into their crazy, busy life. Reading a book isn;t a natural thing either. Drawing pictures or building a sand castle isn;t going to just happen on it’s own either. And Brushing teeth definitely doesn;t happen on it’s own!
Building music practice habits is all about three simple things:
1-Manageing your expectations (knowing that practicing just 2 times a week is fine in year one for example)
2-Providing all the toys (instruments, listening devices, timer, metronome, etc.) and support at home on how to use them
3-Setting a regular schedule and helping everyone in the house remember and support that schedule (we read very night at bedtime to our child but that only happens if everyone knows and respects that as important…otherwise we find ourselves rushing towards bedtime and getting anxious/frustrated)
So…again…PLEASE read or re-read the steps to building practice habits (Making Practice Work – Part 1). And, regardless of what time of year it is OR how many years your child has been playing, start implementing the strategy. Your child will thank you in down the road…I promise!
Onward & Happy Music Making!
Step #6: Redefine Progress OR 7 Ways to Celebrate Musical Growth.
The word progress has very little place in the arts. Musicians growth of skills come in plateaus, meaning that your child may sit on the same plateau, struggling to move beyond a certain point for months before one day, leaping to the next plateau. At the risk of sounding too Zen, learning to play requires a whole lot of staying on the path and not much of arriving at a destination. I often tell my students, ‘the good news is that there is a huge amount of music to learn, the bad news is we will never learn it all.’ Musicians move slowly and steadily down a smart & efficient path and periodically are totally surprised by the new skills they can do on their instrument. We live in a world that measures absolutely everything and relies more and more on data. So it can be confusing to (and even discouraging) to know that very little will be measured for the life of your practicing child.
What does this mean for you, as someone who desperately wants to see your child succeed? Here is a short list of 7 Ways to Celebrate Your Child’s Musical Growth:
Celebration #1: Focus on what you can measure. # of new songs your child has learned, # of fun gigs your child has played with other musicians, # of friends she has made through making music with others, levels your child reached on ear training games (we call these BLAM games – Big Lesson About Music games)
Celebration #2: Record your child practicing…NOT just performing. And listen back as a family. Not to critique, but rather to embrace effort. Great dinner time activity.
Celebration #3: Take your child to a concert. As a reward for all their hard work OR for your teenage daughter, buy tickets for her to go to a show with her best friend (you stay home).
Celebration #4: Play WITH your child rather than show them HOW to play. Just jam with them. Can’t play an instrument? Then simply sing along. Even just “la la la’s” along with their first piano piece. They love to see you try (especially ages 4-11).
Celebration #5: Encourage them to BUY music on iTunes or even a CD at the store. And then take the next step of listening…really listening with them. A road trip is the perfect time for this.
Celebration #6: Show up to every single performance they have. This is especially important in the beginning but can last a lifetime. My mom was my #1 fan & she showed up even at the dive bars on a weeknight! You hear about the famous basketball player who says his mom was at every high school game he ever played…this is the same thing.
Celebration #7: Check in on their HomeRock (lesson notes) multiple times a week. All you have to do is read their weekly goal….one musical goal for each week of the year. Simple and supportive. Takes 2 minutes of your time. And most importantly it shows interest and investment.
Ask yourself today what needs to happen for you to suspend your need for your child to succeed but instead sustain.
Substitute the word succeed with sustain.
In the arts, those that go on to enjoy a lifetime of creativity, start by building a sustainable routine. You are an important (very important) part of establishing that routine. And guess what, it can be tons of fun. In a world that is obsessed with measuring progress, try measuring the number of times your family celebrates sharing music together.
Have fun making music today!
- Learning the architecture of the instrument: Finding all notes, high VS low, hand positions, etc.
- How to move your body to play fast vs slow.
- How to get a good sound (soft vs loud…crescendo vs diminuendo).
- How to stay relaxed and open for long stretches of playing or under the stress of a performance.
- How to keep your body ‘in shape’
- How melody, harmony, and rhythm all work together to create a piece or song.
- Strengthening your ear to be able to memorize sounds and recall them instantly:
- Melodies (and how they are organized/built)
- Different chord qualities (identifying a Major triad VS a minor triad, etc.)
- Breaking down groove (knowing the length of notes by sound (quarter vs half vs eight, etc.)
- How song form dictates what happens on the piano.
- How Music Theory applies to absolutely everything we do on the instrument. (Music theory is like understanding all the math behind music construction…students start with 1 + 1 (where is middle C on the staff) and build up from there until they can do AP calculus, analyze a Beatles song by ear (form, all chords, the anatomy of the melody, and every rhythmic element).
- How to read notes on the grand staff and a lead sheet (the type of notation used primarily for pop, rock and jazz).
- How to listen beyond the piano, identify all the other instruments in a band and use them for musical cues.
- 5 Minute Warm Up: An Improvised and timed musical conversation on drums, piano, voice, or even body percussion.
- 10 Minutes of Skillz & Drillz: This is all about building technique on the piano as it applies to the sudent’s gig song (what they will be playing with other musicians at an upcoming performance).
- 5 Minute Weekly Goal Review: Every student has one weekly music goal and this is when it gets tested. The student and teacher play trough the weekly goal and then ask the question, ‘did we achieve our weekly goal?’ The teacher & student keeps track of Yes/No every week, all year and parents receive a report monthly.
- 15 Minute BLAM Game: BLAM stands for Big Lesson About Music. This is when the student builds music fluency and it’s all done through game based learning techniques. We game-ify everything because we have found kids are far more likely to grow their fluency when the exercises are disguised in a game. Oh yeah, and they LOVE leveling up. There are 15 levels for each game (5: BEG/5: INT/5:ADV) in each category making for 100’s of games. BLAM games are leveled from absolute beginner to professional. It takes our students 7-10 years to complete all 15 levels of each game. (see a more detailed explanation below)
- 10 Minute Song Work: This is when the student works on reading and playing songs out of their book or from BMF lead sheets of pop, rock, jazz songs. Brooklyn Music Factory uses the Music Tree method books for the first 3-5 years, depending on the students experience when entering our program.
- 5 Minute HomeRock Review: HomeRock is what we call lesson notes. Every student has a HomeRock binder that holds weekly lesson notes + all support materials. At the top of the HomeRock is the student’s weekly goal. The student reads allowed their weekly goal as the final step in their lesson.
- Rhythm: Groove is paramount to any musicians success. Students study hearing and reading rhythmic notation (in all it’s divisions, sub divisions & combinations), as well as how to actually apply them to rock and pop music.
- Melody: Students learn to hear and analyze the contour and logic behind melodies. They study intervals (the distance between two notes) and how a melody is a combination of steps, skips and leaps within a major or minor scale.
- Harmony: Students build a working knowledge of chords and how they are combined to create progressions. Beginning BMFers start by working with chords start as three notes known as triads and over the next ten years grow a working knowledge of extended pop & jazz chords.
- Lyrics/Form/Composition: Composition and improvisation are a HUGE part of what we do at Brooklyn Music Factory. Students work from the very first lesson on growing confident expressing themselves in the language of music with our totally improvised duet, we call this the 5 Minute Warm Up. As well, students learn that songs are made up of a clear structure with lyrics driving the melodic and harmonic rhythm. Students dissect the importance of words and how each syllable has implications in the entire band. By midway through middle school, all of our students are challenged to start composing. Each year we feature ten original private lesson student compositions on an album release through BMF Records.
Brooklyn Music Factory Faculty PICKS: Favorite Album of the year (or ever!!)
Grace Wright: To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
Dave Previ: Choose Your Weapon – Hiatus Kaiyote
Ben Healy & Brett Geason (both of them picked!): Vulnicura – Björk
Stephen Selman: Good Luck Bad Karma – Best Behavior
Nikolaus Schuhbeck: Art Angels – Grimes
Nathan Silar: Currents – Tame Impala
Max Mckellar: Born in the 80’s – Hadrien Feraud
Gigs: What are they? Why do them so young? What if my child is nervous, shy, or scared?
A mom recently asked me the question, why should I force my child to do a gig if he is nervous or shy? He is just starting out on the drums, can’t performing wait?
It’s a great question and it got me thinking that it may not, in fact, be obvious to parents the purpose of gigs, especially in the few years of learning an instrument. Our entire program is geared towards building a community of music making families that celebrate in creating, learning, and communicating (in the language of music) together…yet…actually having to perform is incredibly nerve-racking for some. Indeed, it can be debilitating.
I’ve seen a few musicians (young and old) come to tears before their performance and a few (again…young and old…I’m including adults here) that have bailed on the performance. I witnessed more than one student literally leave the building before their name was called!
First: What is a gig?
At Brooklyn Music Factory, a private lesson gig is when we pair musicians up with faculty to perform the song/s they have been working on in front of their community. Usually we have about fifty people in the audience, sometimes as many as seventy-five. A band is made up of two or more musicians, and ideally it is equal numbers students and faculty. The bands never get the chance to rehearse in advance, rather, the unified curriculum at BMF allows for faculty to guide their students to the gig so they will be ready to perform with others. They work on the same song & play all the same BLAM (Big Lessons About Music) games that teach everything from song form to song harmony and melody. All our musicians play BLAM games:drummers, singers, pianists, guitar players & bass players….SO when they get to their gig, they are speaking the same language. They have done the same exercises and have learned the same tools needed to play with other musicians.
The gig is an opportunity to put all the music tools…the Big Lessons…to the test.
A student that completes their music journey with BMF (usually an average of ten years of study) will have played well over a fifty gigs by the time they graduate. Yup…you read that correctly, fifty gigs!!
Second: Why attempt a gig if my child is just too shy?
Well, I decided to ask students and parents at a few recent gigs why they thought the private lesson gigs were so important. Here were some of their answers. These are real answers from real Brooklyn Music Factory families:
“It’s a chance to show off all my hard work.”
“It gives kids a chance to communicate with one another in the language of music.”
“Music brings people joy.”
“It gives my kid the confidence to get up on stage.”
“It builds performance skills in my kids.”
“I like to play with other people.”
All of these reasons are great. All of these reasons are equally valid . But I believe there is an even more basic reason to showing up to the private lesson gig…and by the way, just showing up is 90% of the challenge…the rest is easy!
I believe the reason for the gigs (especially in the first few years) is even more basic: Gigs are social.
Yes…it’s actually that simple. In the beginning, musicians need to meet other musicians that are doing the same thing they are doing. Going trough the same struggles they are going through. Having some successes on their instrument. Playing the same BLAM games. Having fun. Getting annoyed. On the same journey.
I challenge our musicians at each gig to one simple task: Meet one musician before you leave. I ask them to just say ‘hi’ to another guitarist or drummer. So simple yet so missing in music education.
Music lessons these days seem to be all about one person trying to get better at an instrument. That is a lonely AND miserable version of a music journey. And that is one that fails students most of the time. Did you take lessons as a kid and quit? Ask yourself why. Was it really about ‘talent’ or was it just lonely and ultimately not so fun. Of course, you picked basketball or soccer instead.
Gigs: Why do them so young? What if my child is nervous, shy, or scared?
The answer is not complicated. It’s because music must be social from the very beginning and our gigs are the one time when we can get lots of musicians (and their families) in our community room. Kids need a team of like minded kids right from the beginning. The private lesson gigs are one crucial way they get that support.
Oh yeah…and they are also incredibly fun!
See you at the next gig-
Co-Founder/Director of Private Lessons
Playing music is both a physical and a mental task – so is it possible to practice when your not near your instruments? Or when you don’t have an instrument?! YES! Here are some great tips from BMF co-founder Nate Shaw on how to engage with your craft without making a sound:
- Five minutes away from your instrument
- Practice on the train, walk to school or during the ads while watching TV!