Gramercy Music School's Teaching Philosophy
and How We Learn with and from our Students
Music often becomes the soundtrack to our lives as we shelter at home or walk the streets of our neighborhoods. Learning music improves resilience, brain cognition and creates new neural pathways; whereas, playing music demonstrates spiritedness that cannot be expressed by words alone. Music - even in its silent pauses - has an invisible touch. Certain instruments, musical styles, lyrics or bands may bring healing - others may cause intense joy or grief - or a feeling that cannot yet be named yet. Either for you or your child, you have the chance to see that music is very much what feelings sound like.
At Gramercy Music School, we focus on a student-centered approach; meaning, not all of our lessons are the same, nor are they from the same books.
For students who choose improvisation and want to learn to play by ear, we practice 7th chords while improvising with our right hand, and practice how to make it sound happy, sad, funny, angry, etc.
- For students who prefer to learn classical music and their goal is to play Fur Elise, we make sure they get there by learning to read notes, music theory and studying easier versions of Fur Elise until we are ready to move on to more complicated ones.
- For students who have ADHD, read below grade level, autism, dyslexia or any other types of learners, Gramercy Music School always finds ways to teach so that all students understand and music lessons are a positive experience. We have had students come who can't read be excellent music coders; autistic students with ADHD learn to play music with both hands confidently, and many success stories. We have a strengths-based model and are continually in contact with parent(s) and caregivers to ensure everything is going well.