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!
“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 […]
I met a lovely couple at a party last weekend. We got to talking and they shared the story of their eleven year old son, Isaac, who had spent a few years taking piano lessons and eventually seemed to lose all interest and quit. Problem was, he started out as ‘an incredibly musical kid.’ He […]
Parents MOST Frequently Asked Private Lesson Question: Process?! I’m a parent of two teenagers (that’s Josie above on the left as a 9 year old…now 16!). I’ve watched them work through countless curriculum at multiple schools. And here is what’s hard…trusting a curriculum. Yes, letting go of our need to micro manage our children’s experience. […]
At Brooklyn Music Factory we offer Bands & Private Lessons. Many of our musicians do both, some only one. Bands and Private Lessons work together beautifully, but can also stand alone. Which one you do—or whether you do both—depends on your goals. Here I’ll explain their different objectives but first note the core value that […]