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Don’t Let YOUR Child be Stopped by the #1 Learning Killer!


No matter what grade your child is in in school, he or she will most definitely experience IT as part of learning. If they don’t have effective skills for managing and navigating IT, IT will shut their learning down. But once they know the three simple things they can do to successfully go around, over or under the number one learning obstacle, nothing will stop them. What is IT? What is the number one learning killer? The dreaded F word…Frustration!

Frustration is the one guaranteed emotion everyone will experience as they go through life. Why not show your child three simple ways to manage it so they are not stopped by IT? Before I share with you what you can do, let me first tell you what a person can absolutely NOT do when they are feeling frustrated. The cannot continue to learn whatever they were learning when the started feeling frustrated. The only thing you can learn when you are feeling frustrated is how to handle frustration. Now, here are the three things you CAN do..

The first is to simply take a break. The break might be for a moment, an hour or a day, the choice is entirely up to the learner. The second is to ask someone for help. They sooner your child learns that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but an incredible sign of intelligence, the quicker they will overcome any obstacle. And the third thing you can do when feeling frustrated is to make the challenge more manageable. If you have ten questions to answer, just focus on answering one. If you are learning a song on the piano and are having difficulty putting the two hands together, just do one hand. Make the task the size and difficulty that allows you to feel a little challenged but not intimidated. And again, the learner is the best person to decide what this is. Share these options with your child the next time you see frustration creep into their learning process.

The teachers at Music Simply Music understand how to assist your child in overcoming not only the musical challenges that they will encounter when they study an instrument, but more importantly, the learning challenges that will make them better learners at learning anything! If you would like your child to learn the piano, guitar or voice with a music teacher who knows how to nurture your child in becoming an unstoppable, self-directed learner, contact Music Simply Music at 631 863 2069. We will send one of our teachers to your home in Nassau or Suffolk counties on Long Island

Author of this post is Nick Ambrosino, Director of Music Simply Music, Inc. and the author of two books on learning for parents and teachers, Coffee with Ray: A Simple Story with a Life Changing Message for Teachers and Parents and Lessons With Matt: An Inspiring Story of Success Strategies for Teachers and Parents of Tweens and Teens. Both are available in digital download or soft cover on Amazon.

“This is too Hard! I Can’t Do it!”


If you are a parent, it’s inevitable, especially at this time of the year. You KNOW you are going to hear it. It’s just a matter of how long into the school year it will take. A day? A week? A month? That simple phrase of learning frustrating, “This is too hard! I can’t do it!!” And as the supportive compassionate parent, you will like many, take on the roll of your child’s cheerleader, “You can do it. Yes you can! You’re smart! Just try!” And that is a wonderful response. Who would fault you for it? After all this is your child struggling with their capacity to learn. Don’t we all want our child to believe in their potential and ability?

The music teachers of Music Simply Music, hear this phrase more often then many. Music lessons, well actually, the practicing that is supposed to go on during the week between the lessons, is filled with moments of self doubt. Yet, we don’t want our students to ever question their ability or potential, and their exclamation of “This is too hard! I can’t do it!” does exactly that. If you say the phrase to yourself, you can feel the emotional Red light. Luckily the solution is as simple as applying a Diamond Distinction. Diamond Distinction are word and phrase changes that Music Simply Music teachers use to reframe learning blocks for our students.

Instead of permitting your child to question their own ability, try rephrasing their exclamation in a way that acknowledges their stress, but also provides them comfort. Ask them to simply say, “This is new and uncomfortable and everything I have every learned was once new and uncomfortable.” That’s the Diamond Distinction that will empower them to get past their own self-doubt and achieve great levels of success for themselves.

If you would like your child to learn the piano, guitar or voice with a music teacher who understands how to assist your child in becoming an unstoppable, self-directed learner, contact Music Simply Music at 631 863 2069. We will send one of our teachers to your home in Nassau or Suffolk counties on Long Island

Author of this post is Nick Ambrosino, Director of Music Simply Music, Inc. and the author of two books on learning for parents and teachers, Coffee with Ray: A Simple Story with a Life Changing Message for Teachers and Parents and Lessons With Matt: An Inspiring Story of Success Strategies for Teachers and Parents of Tweens and Teens. Both are available in digital download or soft cover on Amazon.

Congratulations to Kyle Kildale!

Congratulations to Music Simply Music piano student, Kyle Kildale on his acceptance to the pre-college program at the Mannes School of Music.  We are super proud of him!

Nick Ambrosino (proud teacher of Kyle!) and
Founder/Director, Music Simply Music

Listen with Your Eyes

Students,

Remember, when you are learning a piece of music from the actual sheet music, your goal is to find out how the music sounds. So don’t just use your eyes, use your ears! Figure out the song using the written page, but then, check to see if you heard what you played. You can do this best by simply taking the music away and playing what you just read.  If you can do it, congratulations!  If not, go back and read it again, but listen to what you read.

Learning this way will insure that you are always playing musically, not mechanically.

To get started on your path to having the gift of music in your life, please call Music Simply Music today at 631 863 2069.

This tip was written by Nick Ambrosino
Founder/Director Music Simply Music, Inc.

It’s NEVER Too Late to Start Music Lessons!

Music Simply Music celebrates it’s 25th anniversary this year.  That’s 25 years of providing the gift of music to Long Island families.  While that is accomplishment of which I am proud,  I am even prouder of a Music Simply Music first that has just occurred.  Yesterday we started a new student who decided it was time to start piano lessons…at the tender age of 95!   What a delight and honor to have the opportunity to share music with him.  Thanks for choosing Music Simply Music, Ben!  You are an inspiration to all of us.

To get started on your path to having the gift of music in your life, please call Music Simply Music today at 631 863 2069.  You are never too old to start learning!

This tip was written by Nick Ambrosino
Founder/Director Music Simply Music, Inc.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Moms!  May your day be filled with the beautiful music of your children’s happy voices!

Nick Ambrosino
Founder/Director, Music Simply Music, Inc.

Brain Muscles

“Practice gives brains to your muscles.”

Professional Golfer, Sam Snead

Share My Music in the News!

Music Simply Music made FIOS news!  Check out the interview for the Share My Music performance at Huntington Hills Nursing Home!  They got our name wrong, but our mission correct.

http://www.mylitv.com/articles/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1636:music-simply-music-student-musicians-perform-for-seniors-in-melville-ny-&catid=64:long-island-education

Congratulations students!  We are very proud of you and your contribution to your community!

Nick Ambrosino
Founder/Director, Music Simply Music, Inc.

Rituals

Rituals are a way of creating presence of mind in all you do.  Professional baseball players have specific rituals they do when they go up to bat.  Tap their cleats, step into the batter’s box with their front foot first, etc.  Martial artists have rituals they utilize to start a class: a certain way of putting on their gi (uniform), of tying their obi (belt) and bowing.    These rituals engage the mind to pay attention.   Religions have rituals as to how they start their services.  The ritual signifies that something important is about to happen.

Performing musicians, specifically soloist, need to develop a pre-performance ritual.  For pianists, how you sit down at the instrument, your posture, your breathing, what you think about or sing to yourself.  These rituals are imperative to establishing a consistent state of mind that is most conducive to creating the optimum performance environment.  Practice them every time you sit down to play and when you are in a stressful performance situation, they will be your ally to an optimum state of mind.

To get started on your path to having the gift of music in your life, please call Music Simply Music today at 631 863 2069.  You are never too old to start learning!

This tip was written by Nick Ambrosino
Founder/Director Music Simply Music, Inc.

Adult Learner Tip #3: Open your ears.

Making music is a listening art, not a visual art.  Sure learning how to decipher music notation is important, but it’s the sound that that page represents that is more important.  So spend time at the piano simply exploring the sounds.  Treat the keys as crayons for your ears.  Just as you would doodle with a box of crayons, do not be afraid to doodle on the keys of the piano or try to pick out a melody.  You might be surprised as to what you might learn!  You wouldn’t paint a picture with your eyes closes, so don’t play music with your ears ” closed.”  Listen, listen and listen some more!

To get started on your path to having the gift of music in your life, please call Music Simply Music today at 631 863 2069.  You are never too old to start learning!

This tip was written by Nick Ambrosino
Founder/Director Music Simply Music, Inc.

Adult Learner Tip #2: Understanding does not always equal proficiency.

Many adult learners think that if they “understand” how to do something, it means they will be able to do it.  Not so, especially when you are training muscles to do something.  Think about it, no matter how much you “understand” how to ride a bike – the physics of balance and motion – you will not be able to ride one until you hop on the bike and experience the feeling of balance and motion.  No matter how much you might understand how to hit a baseball, the only way you will ultimately learn is by actually training your muscles to hit a baseball.  The same is true for learning how to play the piano.  While your brain might understand what to do, the muscles of your fingers and arms must learn what to do and that can only be done by experiencing it!

So stop asking so many questions and start making music by playing your instrument!

To get started on your path to having the gift of music in your life, please call Music Simply Music today at 631 863 2069.  You are never too old to start learning!

More Recital Kudos!

Nick, Keith & Matt,

Thank you once again for hosting an amazing recital for all.  We enjoyed it so much and it is a priceless experience for Hunter and Spencer.  I can never express how much my boys get out of having you in our homes every week.  Nick I liked your story when you spoke about the conversation you had on the golf course about being a teacher….   I would choose to call Keith & Matt a “Life Lessons” teacher for our boys….who happen to do it while jamming to music.

Thanks!!
Sue & Jim K.

To get started on your path to having the gift of music in your life, please call Music Simply Music today at 631 863 2069.  You are never too old to start learning!

Recital Kudos!

Sydney did well and was just buoyant with happiness.  The whole concert was wonderful so many young people reaching for the stars and you and Nick and your staff are leading them there.  Keith is so great as a teacher and person.  Keep it all coming we can’t give you all enough kudos.

Love. Ruth Krowles, Sydney’s Grandmother.

To get started on your path to having the gift of music in your life, please call Music Simply Music today at 631 863 2069.  You are never too old to start learning!

Recital Accolades

Just wanted to let you know how impressed we were with this past weekend’s show.  This was Maria’s first recital and she was so proud of herself.  Natatia and the other staff members have done a wonderful job with all the students.  Thank you so much for making Maria’s first musical performance such a delight.
Cathy Pennello and the Pennello family

Tips for Adult Learners

The next series of tips are to assist adult learners in getting the most out of their piano lessons.  Here’s the first:

Enjoy playing the piano!   I know this tip sounds ridiculously obvious, but it’s extremely important!  Many adults take learning the piano tooooo seriously!  Unless you have an upcoming Carnegie Hall concert, just put enough “pressure” on yourself to progress, but not enough to tarnish the reason you started to take piano lessons.  Enjoy the learning process.  Regardless of how quickly you achieve, it will probably not be quick enough for your inner critic!  So tell your inner critic to be quiet so you can hear the music you are making!

To get started on your path to having the gift of music in your life, please call Music Simply Music today at 631 863 2069.  You are never too old to start learning!

This tip was written by Nick Ambrosino
Founder/Director Music Simply Music, Inc.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

While the facilitator or teacher may be able to present the next step in a student’s education, the student is ultimately the only one who knows if he is ready to take all, some or none of those steps.  A challenge that is too hard, in the eyes of the learner, will only yield the feeling of frustration.  A challenge that is too soft, or too easy, will yield the feeling of comfort and eventually boredom.  A challenge that is just right will be scary enough to motivate, without being so scary as to shut the student down.  Ultimately, only the student knows what kind of challenge this is.

To have a certified Music Simply Music Facilitator work with you or your child in the convenience of your home on Long Island, New York please call us at 631 863 2069.

This tip was written by Nick Ambrosino
Founder/Director Music Simply Music, Inc.

The Second of the Three Responsibilities®

Last week I mentioned the first of the Three Responsibilities®.  The second reason a student does not accomplish a goal is because he does not have all of the information necessary to do so.  If this is the case, the responsibility lies 100% on the teacher or facilitator to provide this information.

Check back next week to see the final of the Three Responsibilities®!

To have a certified Music Simply Music Facilitator work with you or your child in the convenience of your home on Long Island, New York please call us at 631 863 2069.

This tip was written by Nick Ambrosino
Founder/Director Music Simply Music, Inc.

The First of the Three Responsibilities®

When a student does not accomplish a goal, it is because one of three things didn’t  happened.     There are Three Responsibilities®  in the student-teacher learning team.  Knowing who is responsible is important in helping a student grow and learn.   If the student didn’t put in the effort, it is the student’s responsibility to do so.  He may ask for assistance from his parents in helping him manage his time so he practices on a regular basis, but ultimately the responsibility to practice is 100% up to the student.

Check back next week for the second of the Three Responsibilities®!

To have a certified Music Simply Music Facilitator work with you or your child in the convenience of your home on Long Island, New York please call us at 631 863 2069.

This tip was written by Nick Ambrosino
Founder/Director Music Simply Music, Inc.

The Music Simply Music Share My Music Team Strike Again!

Congratulations to all the students who were part of this weekend’s Share My Music team!  Your music brought great joy to the residents of the Huntington Hills Nursing Home.    Your teachers and I are super proud of you!  Keep you eye on this blog to see the piece Verizon Fios put together on you.   It should be posted in about one month!   Congratulations.  I think you are awesome!

Thank you to: Dan H, Emma H, Alexa P, Katelyn P, Jana M, Amanda F, Justin Z, Grace Z, Ryan P, Soumil D, Siddharth D, Phoebe A, Nicholas A, Emma R, Sophia R, Laruen B, Sortiris G, Evan G.

“Thanks for setting it up!  My kids enjoyed playing for the residents!  It’s so nice to be a part of such a fabulous music program!  Thanks again…”

Kristin Petraco

GREAT JOB STUDENTS!

Nick Ambrosino
Founder/Director, Music Simply Music, Inc.

MSM Share My Music Team makes the Smithtown News!

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