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!
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 […]
The who, what and where of the 2017 Midyear Band Party! What: Midyear Band Party Who: All Jam Band 101, Rock Write Record and GirlPop bands When: Sunday, Jan. 29 11am-4pm (see set times below) Where: Rockwood Music Hall 196 Allen St. Lower East Side Cost: $20/family or $5/person What You Need to Know: 1. Arrive […]
Need a great deal on the perfect digital piano for your home? BMF and Big Wrench Piano have teamed up to bring you the perfect digital piano starter package. This is a WAY better set up than yer $200 toy you might get caught buying AND Brian @ Big Wrench has hooked us up with […]
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 […]
Change is in the air! As you no doubt have noticed, our building is under construction. What does this mean for BMF? Lots of very cool things, as well as some changes. First, the exciting news… We can look forward to a lot of improvements to the building, including: • A New Staircase • 3 (!) […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]