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Teaching Children Music When They Can’t Even Read

As a music teacher, you know how hard it is to start your beginning kids on playing an instrument.  Especially if you try to use the assortment of method books found in most music stores or Amazon.  There’s a lot of extra work you need to do to get kids to have fun!

Just the simple act of having them play something that sounds like a song that they can remember and go home and practice?  What about using more than one finger?  How about all 10?

For students whose parents have no musical training whatsoever, it is extremely difficult and unlikely that their child will practice the lessons and build some kind of technique to move forward.

It’s the reason most music method publishers just don’t address preschool or young children at all. Their method books start at an age where most children can read and write – around the age of 8 years old.

Well, as you know, this is not going to work.  You have parents asking you to teach their 3 and 4 year olds right now.

Traditional Music Teaching Methods Are Hundreds Of Years Old!

There has never been greater access to recorded music in the world, and yet, teaching methods have hardly changed!

A recent article in the NY Times quoted jazz legend Herbie Hancock as saying,

“The teaching methods that we have, how old are they?  How many hundreds of years old are they?

It’s the 21st century … And so we have to do something about re-examining how we’ve been doing things, and find new ways to do things that are commensurate with the world that we live in now, and the one that they will build in the future.”

In the Fall of 2008, I discovered something that has completely changed how I teach music...forever

It was Open School week at my son’s school and parents were invited to sit in on classes and observe.   I welcomed the opportunity as I was now the stay-at-home parent and thought it would be nice to see how my son was doing. 

He had suffered a lot of separation anxiety over the last few years to the point where I basically had to sit in the preschool classroom with him the entire time!  


As I sat in his first grade class, I was impressed at how this young teacher always was able to keep the kids engaged. 

She never yelled, nor did the kids seem to ever get out of control!  And yet, she had a total command and respect in the classroom, in the activities, even walking down the hall.

But then she led a reading exercise that blew my mind…


Why Is This So Hard?

For a few years prior to this moment, I had been teaching a handful of kids beginning piano out of my home.  It started because my son, Alejandro, started asking for piano lessons at age 3! 

After weeks and months of continuous asking, I figured I needed to find him a piano teacher.  Even though I studied to be a music teacher in college, I had never made it a full-time focus.  Plus, guitar was my main instrument. 

But after discovering most teachers would only accept a student at age 8, I decided to homeschool him in music.  How hard could it be?

But it wasn’t going well. 

In fact, my son and many of my students were super excited for the first two lessons and then wanted to quit. I was using some old piano method books that I had bought online and a bunch from the library.  But kids were not getting it. 

Why do we have to learn how to read music?  This is boring!  I can’t do it!  Why can’t you just show me?

I tried just showing them the simple songs over and over again until they could remember it.  But by the time a week went by, they forgot what to practice!  And now they were bored with that song!

I started trying out the simple black keys method where you just have them play two notes on the black keys while I played the cool accompaniment.  The problem here was that it sounded terrible and boring at home.  In fact parents would be saying, that’s what I’m paying for?

I tried the Suzuki method books, but for non-musical parents it was so intimidating to even look at the music.   They couldn’t help at home. I found a couple of books that were almost good but it was exhausting and and only minimally effective.

Why is music is so hard?  

I kept thinking about this.  And it began to come together that day in my son’s first grade classroom.

What Does Information Design Have To Do With Music?

In my son’s first grade classroom is when it all came together!

But first let me give you a quick context.

In the early 1990’s, I was on the cutting edge of web and interactive design.  I had co-founded the first interactive agency in Asia where we bested many consulting agencies to win global corporate clients.  Why? 

Because we thought about it from the customers point of view. 

By designing interfaces that were as intuitive and useful for customers to get the information they were looking for.  And because it was all so new, this was 1993, there were no standards for what a website could look like or how it organized the information.   What does this have to do with teaching music?  A lot actually.

What my son’s first grade teacher did was to use a way of directing attention to simplify a complex thing:  a new word.   She thought about it from her customer's point of view, a first grader.

She used a translucent colored tape to directly label a part of the word, thus breaking it down into a smaller piece.  I immediately realized I could use this same technique in teaching music.

In the world of information design, there is a concept called direct labelling. 

What it means is that you actually label the part.  It’s like a map with “you are here” on a big dot and names of roads, features placed on them. 

You Are Here

Indirect Labelling

Opposed to a map with a bunch of numbers and a legend telling you number 53 is the store and number 51 is where you are.  So much more complicated.  It’s indirect. 


But this is how we’ve been teaching music for hundreds of years...

"You see these 5 lines and 4 spaces?  This is called a staff and then this dot here is an A. "
"What’s an A?"
"Well it’s a note and it’s also played on the instrument here and it sounds like this.  And when you have the dot filled in with white you play it longer."
"Play what?"
"The A note."
"Where’s that again?"
"Over here, I just showed you!"

How crazy.

staff with stemless notes

Direct Labeling the Music, The Keys, Fingers

So I started to directly label the key on the instrument, the finger that would produce that sound and the visual notation of that sound with color.  

It was a massive breakthrough.  

I had found a way to communicate quickly and intuitively with a pre-literate child and even send them home with a mnemonic device to help them remember what and how to play it!

And the results were quick.

Suddenly, 4 year olds were able to play with all ten fingers!  I began ordering a sequence of technique building exercises disguised as songs.  I made up funny lyrics like Let’s Jump In the Pool and Play!   And the kids were playing, actually playing and singing at the same time and loving it! 

I experimented with all kinds of notational layouts and eventually landed on 6 phases that would lead the student to reading on a standard music staff.  From there it was a much easier leap to reading traditional music without color and to move into any method book.

And my son was zooming upwards in his musicianship and love of music! 

I had found a way to unlock the door to passion.  And be a Daddy super-hero at the same time!

A 2 Year Waiting List Of Students

Because of the effectiveness of my teaching method, word started to spread.  I was inundated with students and have had the good fortune to never have a shortage of students.  In fact, I turn away so many and have had a two year waiting list for the last 7 years or so.   And so I started thinking of how could I share my discoveries with more people, more students?

In 2012, I created an iPad-only “book,” Play Piano For Kids, Volume 1. 

It’s not really a book, but rather an instructional course of videos that feature my students and then me showing how to play the song.  It also has some of my original animations featuring my mascot, Pontus the penguin.  Penguins don’t play piano!  Penguins don’t have fingers, but you do!

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I’ve used Play Piano For Kids as an additional tool to send home with my new students especially since they need the most support at that time.  And I’ve heard from parents and educators around the world saying how much they loved it and found it helpful.  A few years later, I created Volume 2.

But all these years, I never created the teacher’s manual to accompany the lessons.

It always felt like such a large and overwhelming project.  To teach is one thing, but to actually sit and reflect on why I did such and such, and why it was effective was a whole new challenge.

In mid 2015, I started codifying and organizing my teaching notes.  I created a structure and new lesson plans which I tested with my students.  I had several parent volunteers to read through my teacher’s workbook.  My wife added so many gems of knowledge, experience and wisdom from her work in education.

It’s Taken Me Over 10 years to Pull Together These “Modern Music Education Strategies”

I’m Andrew Ingkavet, and I’m the Creator and Founder of the Musicolor Method™.  And as you’ll soon see, I’ve cracked the code on what makes a modern music curriculum.

What makes it different?  These 3 Things.

  1.  Acknowledgement and incorporation of natural phases of human growth and development.  We’ve incorporated all the learnings of the child-centered education and early childhood education.
  2.  Marriage of the worlds of information/visual design and music education.  By understanding how people process visual information, we have improved the efficiency and rate of transfer of knowledge.
  3. A step-by-step process of learning where everything is broken down into the smallest components and presented in the best order.

Before I tell you how I have made it easy for any musical parent or teacher to teach in a modern, effective way that is more fun for everyone, I want to share with you what some of the other teachers who have been using the Musicolor Method™ have to say.

Andrew Ingkavet

Andrew Ingkavet

Creator and Founder of the Musicolor Method™

What Our Teachers And Parents Have To Say

“Andrew’s course makes it easy to teach music to pre-literate kids, opening up an entire market of music previously unreachable. My student-base almost doubled. My confidence as a teacher grew. I can use this forever too.”

Brett Crudgington

Private Piano Teacher, Brownstone Music Lessons

“Andrew Ingkavet’s Musicolor Method has been like a music immersion experience for me. When my first grandchild was born in 2009, I was determined to find music curriculum that was fun, energizing, and effective…I think the concept is brilliant! This course has brought me out of retirement to learn many new facets of teaching. Now I have a multicolored set of skills and resources to draw from. I’m excited about imparting the joy of music via the Musicolor Method to my three grandchildren and beyond.”

Christie C.

Private Piano Teacher, Pleasanton, CA

(I love) “the system – colour coded music sheets, and how easy you make it to learn music. I also love the fact that you start off with songs that children can easily sing along with. Finally I love the fact that you adapt the teaching to the student and are playful about it.”

Aparna P.

Parent of a 5 year old piano student, Brooklyn, NY

I have been a music teacher for a number of years, and have used a variety of approaches for teaching piano to both younger students and adults, but when I came across Andrew Ingkavet's Musicolor Method, I realized that learning the piano doesn't have to be so complicated.
He has ingeniously taken a simple concept, I.e., relating color to the music alphabet, and created a simple program whereby the student can visually relate the written staff to the keyboard.  His approach is built on scaffolding, I.e., teaching the language of music step by step with fun activities and relatable music.
I highly recommend his online course to anyone who might be interested in adding a new, creative approach to piano, guitar, or any other instrument.
Carol K
Carol K.

Music Teacher, Virginia, USA

“You have such a great way of combining music that is fun for my daughter with work that is technically challenging. As a teacher, I really appreciate how much thought you put into how to reach the kids–you have a lot of tricks up your sleeve, and it’s really fun to watch it in action.”

Eliza E.

Parent of a piano and guitar student, Brooklyn, NY

Introducing the Musicolor Method™ Curriculum and Course

A proven plan for teaching music simply, effectively, while having fun!

More specifically, here’s how it’s going to work.

Before you can teach the curriculum, you need to know the underlying principles.  To do that, we have created an online training course.

There are 6 training modules in the course.

In Module 1, you will learn the 7 step framework that makes teaching and lesson planning effortless while deepening effectiveness.

In Module 2, you will learn step by step lesson plans for piano/keyboard that cover what to teach, when and why including the techniques hidden in the songs.   It’s a completely planned 12 to 36 week semester depending on your student’s pace of learning.  This is the Curriculum you have been searching for.

In Module 3, you will learn games, activities and techniques to teach the abstract and difficult concepts of music theory which keep students engaged, having fun and not overwhelmed.

In Module 4, you will learn how to apply the Musicolor Method™ to several instruments which greatly expand your offerings as a teacher.   

These instruments are covered:

  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Strumstick
  • Lap Dulcimer
  • And ideas on how it can work with vocal lessons too!

In Module 5,  you will receive valuable lessons on mindset, music software and more.  These bonus lessons can help you rapidly shift your mindset which is often the biggest block to rapid change.

In Module 6, you get access to an ever growing library of Musicolor notated sheet music for your students including classic Holiday songs, folk songs, film scores and pop and rock songs greatly reducing the stress of searching for your student’s next piece!

I would recommend the course because it is so thoroughly set up with not only resources for The Musicolor Method but includes educational & professional components ( mostly in video format) that have really challenged me as a teacher- to get better & to grow as an educator. I’ve been teaching early childhood music for over 30 years but still love to grow. Andrew continues to add ongoing professional development each week.

Anne Vardanega

Private Music Teacher - Sydney, Australia

What To Expect

1 - Teach Without Effort

A new way of effortless teaching using first principles natural growth, visual design, storytelling and structure.  The 7 core principles of the Musicolor Method™ all lead from one to another to give you exceptional clarity for lesson planning and teaching in general.  It will enable you to easily teach all of your students, regardless of age or ability with the right lesson at the right time.

2 - No More Lesson Plan Anxiety

The Musicolor Method™ Online Course’s 12-36 week curriculum will enable you to follow along a proven path to success.  Each lesson plan has a technical aspect “disguised as a song,” along with  the reasoning behind it as well as suggested activities/games and questions to ask your student.  You will know what to teach, when, why and how.

3 - Fun For Students + Teachers!

Nobody wants to learn music, they want to play a song!  But learning to play is much easier after learning some theory, technique and history.  So, how to do this without being an overwhelming nag and a bore?  The Musicolor Method™ Online Course has many games, activities and techniques to transfer the skills and knowledge without the tears.


4 - Attract & Retain Students!

Word spreads when you make a difference in the lives of your students.  This makes marketing a breeze and financial worry a thing of the past.

You can access the course on your smartphone

Or your tablet.

Or your desktop or laptop computer.

I can use it forever...

“I can use it forever. It paid for itself as soon as I enrolled another student in my studio for 3 months. My thinking was: If I reached that student successfully using the approach, I could reach 5 more students successfully. Massive return on investment.” – Brett C.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be an experienced musician to take this course?

No, if you can play an instrument reasonably well, and have an interest in sharing the joy of music with others, you will get great results from this course.  You don’t have to be a professional musician or an experienced teacher.  In fact, it may be easier for you to excel as you don’t have to unlearn poor teaching habits.

How much time does the course require?

Most teachers have gone through the course within a month or two, but then have gone back for deeper learning and reflection.   Also, the video lessons are there for you if you need a refresher before your student arrives!

Is this useful only for teaching preschool aged children?

No.  You can use these techniques with any age, even adults.  However, we have included a curriculum that is aimed at preschoolers as this is a long under-served audience.   We have used these materials with teenagers and even adults as they build technique in a fun and fast way.

Which instruments work for this method?

The Musicolor Method™ can be used with any instrument as the core teaching principles are universal.  However, the use of direct labelling colors on the instrument make the most sense on instruments that you can see where to place your fingers such as piano/keyboard, guitar, ukulele, dulcimer, xylophone.  The course currently features a preschool piano curriculum as that is the greatest need in the market.  In the future, I will add other instruments and other curriculums.

Will this include private one-on-one consultation?

You will have group consulting via the Office Hours and the discussion forums.  For more specific private consulting contact us and we’ll set you up.

Can I use this to help teach voice?

Yes.  You can use the teaching methods to empower your teaching effectiveness.  The use of color notation can be useful when learning to read music notation in micro-steps without overwhelm.

Do I need to know how to read music?

Yes, you should know the basics of music theory and the grand staff.  But you will teach it in a much easier and simpler way than you probably learned it.

Do I need to be a great pianist?

No.  You should have some knowledge and proficiency on piano/keyboard, but it doesn’t need to be your primary instrument.  The piano is a good starting point for teaching concepts of music theory and makes a good launching pad to other instruments.

What if I can't teach more than beginners?

The method will empower you to teach beginners extremely effectively and enable you to grow as a teacher and performer as well.  At some point, you may feel that your student would be better served by another teacher and you can graduate your student at this point.  This is a win-win-win situation for you, your student, and the other teacher.   

Is this good for homeschooling parents?

For parents of homeschooled children, you can share the joy and journey of musical discovery while ensuring your children benefit from the higher IQ and brain development proven with music lessons.  Even if you don’t feel like you are all that talented or know much about music, as long as you learned some basics in your life, you are the  first and best teacher your child could have.  Plus, as you learn to teach using the Musicolor Method™, you can start teaching children of other homeschoolers too and create a whole new business, class and community.

What if I'm not confident as a teacher?

The mindsets, tools, techniques, and curriculum you will learn in the course will enable you to confidently teach students of any age.  Guaranteed.

Will I need to buy additional materials?

Most of the materials are available to download and print within the course. There are other things that you can purchase on your own like colored tape, whiteboards, and playing cards. We include recommendations and links to where you can purchase them.

Will I have support?

Absolutely! We want you to be successful. We want to spread the joy of music to as many people as possible! In fact, we have a publicly stated goal to reach 1 million kids in ten years, and that needs your help!  Andrew, his team, and invited guests are here to be your guides. We have a private Facebook group and commenting section in the course where you both give and receive help.

“Exactly what I needed to help move to the next level of teaching.”

Marcie E.

Private Piano Teacher, Virginia, USA

What Do These Music Students All Have In Common?

They used the Musicolor Method™ to learn from a very young age

Now you might be wondering…
“Is The Musicolor Method™ Online Course right for me?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions, I believe you are perfect for The Musicolor Method™ Online Course

Are you currently teaching music to children and want to be more effective?

The Musicolor Method™ Online Course is perfect for you.

Are you a musician looking for stable and dependable income that you control?

The Musicolor Method™ Online Course is perfect for you.

Are you a musician looking for stable and dependable income that you control?

The Musicolor Method™ Online Course is perfect for you.

Are you a musical parent or grandparent who wants to help your own kids/grandkids?

The Musicolor Method™ Online Course is perfect for you.

Are you a former music teacher or retired looking for a way to increase your income?

The Musicolor Method™ Online Course is perfect for you.

Are you a private music teacher looking to add younger students to your roster?

The Musicolor Method™ Online Course is perfect for you.

Who is this course NOT for?

If you are one of these people, this course is definitely not for you.

  • If you are one of those people who think that this one magic button will make everything happen without doing any of the work, then please leave now.  This course is not for you.
  • Are you someone who visualizes success but takes no action to make it happen?  Then this is NOT for you.
  • Are you un-disciplined and lazy?  Then this course is not going to change that.  This course is not for you.
  • Are you impatient or have a strong dislike working with children?  This course will not help you.  It is not for you.
  • Are you a pedophile or sex offender?  This course is definitely not for you.
  • Have you ever been convicted of a felony?   It is highly unlikely you can ever work around children.   This course is not for you.  

Can Anyone Teach This?

The good news is yes!  You don’t have to use the same jokes, stories, humor or explanations that Andrew does.  It’s not a script, but rather an approach.  It’s a spine that you can add your personality, your stories, your experiences too with fantastic results.

The only thing you need is a deep caring for your student.

But Is The Musicolor Method™ Course and Curriculum Worth The Price?

If you are serious about attracting and retaining young students almost effortlessly, then you will see that the addition of one or a few students will pay for the course in a matter of months.  And then you have this knowledge for life!

To be even more specific, let’s say you charge $30 for a lesson.  One student, coming once per week is equal to $120/month.  Two students and you have more than enough to cover the payment plan option below.

And then, let’s say this student stays with you for the entire school year –  about 9 months.  That’s 9 x $120 = $1080.

One student has already more than paid for your professional development and given you a licensed curriculum.   Now you may need to change the numbers to fit your situation, but as you can see, the value is tremendous and minimal compared to the income you can make by attracting and serving more students.


Why Will You  Attract More Students?

If you teach young preschoolers, you know that their lives are highly structured and scheduled by the parents.  Parents are so involved with making sure their kids are getting the right activities and will want a stable, structured learning plan.

That’s great news for you as you can book this student and look forward to predictable income for the year.

And…parents of preschoolers especially, love to brag about their kids.  When word gets out that you are teaching kids and they’re having fun and improving, there’s no stopping them lining up at your door.

Don’t wait another minute to rejuvenate your teaching and make a deeper impact in the lives of your students.

Which version is right for you?

Monthly Payment Plan

3 monthly payments
  • This payment plan gives you greater flexibility with your cash flow while still giving you access to the curriculum and training materials.
    • 12 months Members Only Facebook Community
    • 12 months Email Support
    • 12 months Weekly Office Hours Additional Content
    • 12 months Certification - renewable at $99/year therafter

VIP Premium

Best Value
  • The Full Musicolor Method™ Online Training Course
  • Lifetime Access Members Only Facebook Community
  • Lifetime Access Email Support
  • Lifetime Access Weekly Office Hours Additional Content
  • Lifetime Certification
  • Bonus Course:  Secrets of Successful Music Teachers
  • Bonus Course:  Play Piano for Kids Volume 1
  • Marketing & Sales Support
  • Your Own Web Page At
  • Your Next 5 Students - we'll help you advertise and market to bring in new students
  • 3 Personal & Confidential Consultations with Andrew

preschool music curriculumWhen you enroll in the course today, you have a FULL 30 DAYS to go through the course 100% risk free.

If you feel the course did not help in the effectiveness of your teaching and increase your music teaching business, contact our support team, show us you did the work, and we’ll issue you a prompt and courteous refund where you’ll receive 100% of your money back.

Monthly Payment Plan

This payment plan gives you greater flexibility with your cash flow while still giving you access to the curriculum and training materials.


Standard - $539

  • The Full Musicolor Method™ Online Training Course
  • 12 months Members Only Facebook Community
  • 12 months Email Support
  • 12 months Weekly Office Hours Additional Content
  • 12 months Certification – renewable
  • Bonus Course: Secrets of Successful Music Teachers
  • Bonus Course: Play Piano for Kids Volume 1


VIP Premium - $997

  • The Full Musicolor Method™ Online Training Course
  • Lifetime Access Members Only Facebook Community
  • Lifetime Access Email Support
  • Lifetime Access Weekly Office Hours Additional Content
  • Lifetime Certification
  • Bonus Course:  Secrets of Successful Music Teachers
  • Bonus Course:  Play Piano for Kids Volume 1
  • Marketing & Sales Support
  • Your Own Web Page At
  • Your Next 5 Students – we’ll help you advertise and market to bring in new students
  • 3 Personal & Confidential Consultations with Andrew


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