Brooklyn Music Factory Blog
The blog explores topics to help parents support musical growth at home, in your family, and in the community including practice tips, and how to inspire and support musicians of all ages in their musical journey. Problems practicing? Child (or adult!) wants to quit music? We’ve got you covered. It’s our aim to create a closer connection between kids, families, and our community through music. At BMF we nurture and train every musician to listen and play beyond themselves. Why? Because we believe that music is a social art form and the ultimate purpose for all that hard work practicing is to grow a stronger community.
Not sure where to start? These are 3 of our most popular blog posts that answer a several tough questions a lot of parents have. Happy reading!
We get LOTS of questions this time of year! Here are some answers… Q:When’s the gig?! A: December through February is gig season! Here are the details on ALL the upcoming gigs: MiniKeys When: Monday, January 15-Saturday, January 20 (during regular class times) Where: Brooklyn Music Factory, 600 Degraw St., Brooklyn Jam Band, […]
Only have 15 minutes? Here’s a great practice routine from Nate, one of Brooklyn Music Factory’s founders: Set a timer! 5 – 5 – 5. 5 Minutes of warming up (technique). 5 Minutes of focused practice – Working on one section that is just beyond reach for you. 5 Minutes of song work. Add what […]
“A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. We all want to be more creative. Often in my work describing Brooklyn Music Factory in writing, I find myself using the phrase, “creative confidence,” as in, “We help kids build creative confidence.” But what […]
What in the world ARE Big Music Games? Stephen Selman, a BMF faculty member and the Director of Big Music Games, explains: Q: In a nutshell, what is Big Music Games? A: BMG is BMF’s online world centered around our BLAM games. (If you’ve been around BMF for a while, you know that BLAM stands for […]
Have you heard the news?! We’re expanding and have a NEW LOCATION! What?! Yes, a new location. BMF will now call 600 Degraw St., between Third and Fourth Aves., home. That’s RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER from 295 Douglass, our original location, and directly across the street from the entrance to Brooklyn Boulders. (600 Degraw is currently […]
Is practicing at home a struggle? One of the questions music teachers hear most often from students (or their students’ parents!) is how to get into the habit of practicing regularly. For me—and for many of us at Brooklyn Music Factory—the answer is a funny little time management tool we use to stay focused while […]
Is Your Child a Lifer? As many of you probably know, we started a brand new week of camp this week, the first of the summer in fact. Monday morning drop off was a flurry of cheerful parents, excited kids, mostly pumped and eager, others perhaps a bit nervous for the first day. BMF teachers […]
Last year I signed my daughter up for an amazing class for toddlers. It was really fun, good for her, and she loved every minute of it. The following year, I signed her up again, and at the very first class she did the exact same activity that she did the year before. This […]
Position Bands VS Exploration Bands: Which one is right for your child? We have ONE goal in mind with our band program at Brooklyn Music Factory: We want to ensure that your family finds the BEST fit in both private lessons & our band program for this year and many more beyond. We view every […]
You may have experienced your child wanting to quit music and losing interest after begging you for piano or guitar lessons. (Or maybe you have experienced this personally! We meet lots of parents who quit piano lessons as kids, and always wish they hadn’t… sound familiar?) 95% of the time (based on my observations over the […]