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How Open-Minded Are You as a Music Teacher?

Aug 20, 2019 6:26:12 PM / by Andrew Ingkavet posted in growth mindset, edtech, Mindset, music teacher professional development, articles, Blog, Successful Teaching Business, education, future of education, future of music education, musicolor method, open minded, professional development, music education, Music Teacher Secrets, music teachers, pedagogy, Teaching Methods, technology disruption, technology for music teachers

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"A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.” -Frank Zappa

How open-minded are you?

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t say they're open-minded.  But in reality, it seems very few teachers are.

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

Mar 20, 2019 2:46:45 PM / by Andrew Ingkavet posted in About The Method, growth mindset, Announcements, early childhood education, Mindset, music curriculum, music for children, advice for music teaching, beginner piano, beginning piano, Blog, Successful Teaching Business, music for kids, musicolor method, preschool music curriculum, professional development, piano for kids, teaching kids music, training for music teachers

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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.

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My interview about the Musicolor Method on Tim Topham's podcast

Mar 19, 2019 5:42:49 PM / by Andrew Ingkavet posted in About The Method, children, growth mindset, learning music, Announcements, early childhood education, easy piano, Mindset, music curriculum, advice for music teaching, beginner piano, beginning piano, Blog, Successful Teaching Business, education, how to teach music, music for kids, music teaching, musicolor method, preschool music curriculum, music education, music teachers, teaching kids music, Teaching Methods, training for music teachers

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I was recently interviewed on the influential  Creative Piano Teacher   podcast  with  Tim Topham.  Tim's a wonderful educator who has a very active blog, podcast, and a membership site. If you're a teacher and never heard of him, you're in for a treat.
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Anne Reinvented Her Career With The Perfect Part-Time Piano School

Mar 19, 2019 9:46:20 AM / by Andrew Ingkavet posted in About The Method, children, growth mindset, learning music, Announcements, early childhood education, Mindset, music for children, music instruction, advice for music teaching, beginner piano, beginning piano, Blog, Successful Teaching Business, music for kids, musicolor method, piano teacher, professional development, piano for kids, teaching, teaching kids music, training for music teachers

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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.

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What Happens When You Ask A Preschooler If They Can Do Anything

Aug 28, 2018 3:17:26 PM / by Andrew Ingkavet posted in growth mindset, teacher training, teaching music, early childhood education, ingkavet, Mindset, music as personal development, music curriculum, advice for music teaching, beginner piano, beliefs, education, givers and takers, limiting beliefs, musicolor method, preschool music curriculum, music education, music teachers, pedagogy, piano

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Ask a preschooler and see what happens.

Imagine this scenario.

You walk into a preschool classroom of three year olds and pose a series of questions to the children:

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Music Education And The Belief of "Control of Destiny"

Sep 14, 2016 1:14:21 PM / by Andrew Ingkavet posted in ambition, choices, growth mindset, teaching music, destiny, essa, internal locus, Lesson Plan Ideas, life skills through music, marine corps, Mindset, motivation, sel, self control, skills, smarter faster better, us marines, carol dweck, charles duhigg, every student succeeds act, external locus, grit, locus of control, music for kids, musicolor method, importance of music lessons, life direction, music education, perseverance, practice, social emotional learning

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As a parent, I have always wanted my son to have a music education.  It’s not that I want him to be a professional musician, it’s because

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What is the best mindset for music educators?

May 7, 2016 8:00:30 AM / by Andrew Ingkavet posted in benefits of music instruction, best mindset, future, growth mindset, teaching music kids, thinking, importance of music education. music education, Mindset, music for children, music instruction, music lessons, benefits, fixed mindset, mindsets, old vs new, paradigm, private music teachers, progressive, change vs tradition, music teachers, teaching music to children

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True or False: There is usually only one right way to do something.

Try to answer that quickly and without much thought. Which are you? I’ll get to why in a second.

I just returned from my fourth trip to Colombia, South America, where my wife has a very large and loving family - what a beautiful, magical country! It was a nice break and it gave me a lot of time for reflection, meditation, and reading. It gave me the mental space to get curious again about things I had forgotten about. One of these things was how I’ve noticed the shifting attitudes on music education.

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The #1 Secret To Teaching Young Children Music

Feb 22, 2016 12:03:25 PM / by Andrew Ingkavet posted in About The Method, growth mindset, how to teach kids music, scaffold, teaching music, teaching resources, best practices, early childhood education, kids learn music, Lesson Plan Ideas, Mindset, music lessons, music teacher, scaffolding, education, educational scaffolding, ideas in music education, music educator, music for kids, preschool music curriculum, professional development, ideas for teaching, music education, music gigs, Music Teacher Secrets, pedagogy, teaching, teaching teachers, teaching tips for music teachers, techniques, teaching children, teaching kids music, teaching music to preschoolers, tips for music instruction

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Teaching Young Children Music

As a private music teacher, you want to teach music to children.  You know they love it and there seems to be a plentiful supply of them asking for your help.  Besides, lately all your adult students seem to be canceling at the last minute while your teens are more interested in their social media feeds than practicing.  Maybe you should teach younger kids?

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Learning Life Lessons Through Music Lessons

Jan 25, 2016 8:48:19 PM / by Andrew Ingkavet posted in About The Method, growth mindset, self development, teaching music, brain research and music, early childhood education, Lesson Plan Ideas, life doors, life through music, Mindset, music lessons, advice, blizzard, carol dweck, education, life changing experience, lion king, nyc opera renaissance, professional development, life lessons, music education, music teachers, past can hurt, reflection, snowmageddon, tosca, turning points, younger self

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This past week my 13 year old son performed in the NYC Opera Renaissance production of Tosca.  We luckily got to see it before the blizzard (Snowmaggedon 2016) hit on the weekend and the show was lovely.  For my son, I think it is one of those experiences in which he was irrevocably changed.  It was a life changing experience, one in which you can never be the person you were before it.   It was like walking through a door that closed behind you to the life you had before.

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A Growth Mindset for Music Teachers

Jan 4, 2016 9:17:09 AM / by Andrew Ingkavet posted in About The Method, growth mindset, setting goals, teaching music, ideas for music teachers, Lesson Plan Ideas, Mindset, beliefs, education, emotional intelligence, goal-setting, music teaching, GOALs, music education, teaching tips

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As teachers, I'm certain we are all believers of the “growth mindset” - meaning we believe people can change. But, do we truly live this by example?

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