Finally! A proven step-by-step method to teach music to kids as young as 3 years old

Our mission, to make music education fun and accessible to all children

The Musicolor Method™ Online Training is a complete 90-day home study course designed to get you great results with your children and/or music students immediately.  Created by music educator Andrew Ingkavet, it provides the missing step between “mommy and me” type programs and formal private music instruction.  If you’ve struggled with finding ways to teach the youngest students or your own children, welcome!  You’re in for a treat.

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What Is The Best Way To Teach A Preschooler Music?

It wasn’t until I was a father that I realized there was a big problem in the world of music education.  The problem was that my four year old son (extremely musical and singing all day long – literally!) was too young for any music teacher to start teaching him a music instrument.   

Sing-alongs first

Sure there were those “mommy (or daddy) and me” type programs like Music Together.   But they were really just a first step to get kids moving and clapping and singing along with great folk songs.  But they were really for toddlers up to around 4 years old.  So what were we to do for the next four years until other teachers were ready to accept a private music student at eight years old?

But what next?

My son was obviously showing interest in music.  He had learned the song Do Re Mi from the Sound Of Music and would sing it at the top of his lungs even as a toddler.  I would walk through the aisles of the food co-op and everyone would comment on how musical he was.  How could I deny him some kind of musical training?  

In search of a preschool teaching method

Of course I had heard of the Suzuki program, but it seemed so rigid and out of touch with modern-parenting.  I like their idea of making the parent the first teacher, but the time demands of having two classes a week for me the parent, and then two classes for the child, were just unrealistic for our schedule.  And, they wouldn’t even consider us unless we purchased an acoustic piano!  Difficult for apartment dwellers!

Since I had originally started out my college education as a music education major at NYU (even received a massive scholarship), I decided to explore this problem further.

I started researching via Google, Amazon, the public library, my old college textbooks, and discovered there was really nothing for preschool aged children.  Even the old chestnuts like the John Thompson piano methods from back in the 1940s(?) were obviously thinking differently.  

A huge disconnect with advances in Early Childhood Education

It seemed like all the research, discoveries and advances of human development, psychology, and early childhood education were completely missing from music education!

Maria Montessori drop dead

I could not believe it!  The Montessori schools famous throughout the world were developed by Maria Montessori, a medical doctor who took the time to observe her young patients and realized they needed tools and materials appropriate for their size and developmental stage.  It seems so crazy that before her, there were no “sippy cups” or small-sized scissors or child-sized desks.  The kids section at IKEA would not have existed!  And yet, thinking like this had hardly permeated the music education world.  Instead, you were expected to know how to READ music before you could even play music!  And what if your child could not even read words yet?

What about visual design?

Because of my unique and wide angled career path, my expertise in the area of web design and information architecture gave me a new lens to view the state of music method books and their page layouts.  What I discovered was appalling!  

Method books have been used for ages to give music teachers a guided path to instruction.  They are meant to make it easier for teachers to transfer this knowledge of music.  The design of the pages and graphics should all support this.  

If these publishers were in charge of road signs they would kill

What I found was the page layouts cluttered with extraneous and superfluous information.  Books that were supposedly for beginner students had text intended for parents, another blurb for teachers and music notation for both students and teachers.  There were multiple audiences they were trying to communicate with and possibly to save on printing costs, they just shoved all into one crazy page.  Then, they would throw in a cute picture for the child which only further complicated the page.  What was the child supposed to focus on and understand here?  

I took preschool over again!

So, out of desperation, I started teaching my own son music by creating my own materials and method.  Having spent a whole year in his preschool classroom due to separation anxiety, I got a great education on parenting and working with small kids.   The teachers were amazing and I learned so much.   I had observed how the kids responded to certain classroom management tricks and how they moved from activity to activity quickly but with structure.  These I poured into my own music lesson plans.

Why piano should be the first instrument

Within a few weeks, my son started really taking off on piano.   Piano/keyboard is a great first instrument for any child.  It is logically ordered, has a nice visual layout and doesn’t require a lot of effort to produce a pleasant sound.   Unlike violin where the squeaks of an out of tune song can drive most parents batty!  

Use color for direct labelling and focus

I saw how my son’s teacher was using a removable colored translucent highlighter tape to help the children recognize simple words.  These were the first words they were learning to read at sight.  I realized that I could use color in helping to ramp up the learning process.  

Scaffolding

It’s an idea that is called scaffolding.  Just like a construction site for a building uses scaffolding to assist the workers in creating the building, education scaffolding can be any tool, technique, or method to help students grow to a new level of understanding or technique.

Color as scaffolding

I began using color as scaffolding for children to hang on to understanding where the notes were and which fingers to use while getting them to play a song within five minutes of a first lesson!  The results were astounding!  Instead of the frustration, boredom, and tears of my first music lessons, my students were leaving their first lesson with a first song they could play and sing and they were super excited!  The excitement translated into massive practice and within a week, they were ready for a new challenge that I cleverly chose to be a “new finger exercise in disguise as a song!”

Ten years of success

Over the last ten years, I have helped hundreds of students, some as young as 3 and 4 years old, get their start in music.  Many of these students have stuck with me for years and some have even branched out to other instruments and songwriting.  By creating a system of learning that is fun, simple and effective, I have made learning music an enjoyable process that imparts valuable lessons for life including focus, determination, discipline, confidence and goal-setting among so many others.  

An iPad book

A few years ago I created my first iPad multi-touch books to help spread my methods to others:  Play Piano For Kids, volumes 1 and 2.   These book apps, created exclusively for the Apple iPad iBooks app, were geared towards parents who wanted to help their kids learn their first steps on piano and perhaps couldn’t work directly with me.  I also made them for my private students to help with practice at home.    I’ve received rave reviews from parents all over the world as far away as Zimbabwe, Canada and the United Kingdom!  But, I never followed up with a teacher’s guide or training for my method, until now.

A course that teaches you how to teach simpler, easier and more effectively

I’ve spent over two years codifying, organizing, and recording my methods in a way that I can share them with other educators.  It’s called the Musicolor Method™ and it’s available through an online video training course.

The missing method is now found

This is the missing method that will enable you to teach younger aged children the basics of music and keep them on your roster for years to come!  It will open up a whole new market for you and you will never have the problem of not enough students.  

“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

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

I really appreciate being reminded of these particular aspects of teaching. Even though I’ve been teaching for many years, I realize I have become vague with my praise – needing to be specific about effort & need to reinforce studio standards & expectations to both students & parents. ”

Anne V.

Private Piano Teacher, Sydney, Australia

An invitation to you

So if you are a music teacher who wants to make a difference in the lives of your students, I invite you to join as a Teaching Fellow of the Musicolor Method™.  The course is self-paced, but usually takes most teachers between 8 to 12 weeks to go through all the materials.  There are over 3 hours of video lessons, a 50 page downloadable and printable workbook, printable tools,  templates, sheet music and activities.  Once you understand the 7 core principles, you can easily develop your own simple, effective and fun lesson plans for any student.  But to start you off, I’ve included a step by step 12 week preschool piano curriculum that tells you exactly what to teach, what songs, activities, concepts and when to do it.   I have also included bonus songs, activities and materials that can easily fill a 36 week school year.

An iPad book

A few years ago I created my first iPad multi-touch books to help spread my methods to others:  Play Piano For Kids, volumes 1 and 2.

These book apps, created exclusively for the Apple iPad iBooks app, were geared towards parents who wanted to help their kids learn their first steps on piano and perhaps couldn’t work directly with me.  I also made them for my private students to help with practice at home.    I’ve received rave reviews from parents all over the world as far away as Zimbabwe, Canada and the United Kingdom!  But, I never followed up with a teacher’s guide or training for my method, until now.

A course that teaches you how to teach simpler, easier and more effectively

I’ve spent over two years codifying, organizing, and recording my methods in a way that I can share them with other educators.  It’s called the Musicolor Method™ and it’s available through an online video training course.

The missing method is now found

This is the missing method that will enable you to teach younger aged children the basics of music and keep them on your roster for years to come!  It will open up a whole new market for you and you will never have the problem of not enough students.  

Mindset vs. tactics

Teaching is 80% mindset and psychology and 20% techniques, tactics, and activities.  By getting the right mindset for teaching a preschool aged student, you also clarify your teaching of any other student, regardless of age.    The principles of simple, effective teaching apply to everyone and every subject!  With that in mind, the first unit of the Musicolor Method™ Online Course is devoted to the 7 Core Principles.

These principles are a guided framework for effective teaching. They are:

  1. The Growth Spiral – We use this as a guiding metaphor to assess our teaching, lesson plans, activities – everything!
  2. The Importance of Rapport – without it you cannot effect change.  We discuss ways on building rapport and some specific examples for a preschool aged student.
  3. Stepping Stones – A simple effective way to know if you are giving the right lesson at the right time
  4. Structure – being organized in your teaching, your lesson plans, your scheduling and your business are all linked together.  Without structure, you will not be effective.  We discuss the many ways to build structure into your teaching practice, your studio and your students.
  5. Notation – the visual representation of sound is a way to capture the ideas of music.  Traditional music notation is wonderful, but requires a long steep learning curve.  I have created a 6 stage process of learning how to read music that builds in the necessary micro-steps that children and even adults can use.
  6. Story – effective teaching always uses the power of stories.  By empowering you to employ story, I have given some simple frameworks and tips to make your stories stick in the minds of your students.
  7. Life Skills Through Music – modern parents are now realizing the incredible transformative powers of music education and the positive effects on their children’s growth and development.  They are seeking teachers who fully understand this and are willing to commit to music lessons as an essential activity.

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This lesson is exactly what I needed to help move to the next level of teaching. My own paper methods and personal conversations with parents at the end if lessons will probably not disappear altogether because they’ve come to expect that from me, but I know with more students than I’ve ever had before that I need to work smarter and not harder to keep up both with the volume and the level of technology parents are used to today.

Marcie E.

Private Piano Teacher, CA, USA

“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

“So what will my experience be?"

Each time you log in to the site, you will watch a video lesson and then read and do the assignment in the workbook. The first unit is devoted to the seven core principles of The Musicolor Method™. Once you understand and integrate them into your own practice, you will be able to create your own lesson plans with ease.

If you have any troubles or want to discuss the materials, you can do so in the members discussion forum.

 

Here’s What's Included

The Seven Core Principles

A seven point framework for simple, effective and fun teaching.

Theory Games and Activities

13 different games and activities to teach the complexities of music theory. Includes downloadable tools and templates. Also recommended materials and other resources.

Live Weekly Office Hours

Weekly live office hours to have any questions answered. Members submit questions in advance. The weekly office hours can be about any subject such as teaching techniques, a specific lesson plan, or business and marketing issues. The recordings go into the members library.

Student Videos

You can see the students playing the very pieces you are teaching.

Running Your Studio As A Business

A course on the business of teaching including how to market your services, get noticed, what makes for an effective website, and more. Coming soon...

Secrets of Successful Music Teachers

Our introductory course gives a quick start and overview to the keys to success as a music teacher. A $27 value - included in your membership.

 

 

Preschool Music Curriculum

Detailed step-by-step lesson plans for teaching 12 weeks of preschool piano. The bonus library enables you to mix and match according to the seven core principles to fill an entire school year.  The preschool music curriculum is unlike anything on the market anywhere.

These lessons will get any young beginner to be ready for starting in most major published method books.

Extra Resources

Recommended resources, materials, and tutorials including:

  • Mindset
  • Materials
  • Printables
  • Practice tips
  • Communication
  • Music notation software
  • Managing groups and classrooms

 

 

50 Page Workbook

A downloadable and printable 50 page workbook used in conjunction with the videos.

Lesson Videos

 There are 27 videos in the main course totaling over three and a half hours of content.

Student Songbook

Downloadable and printable student songbook. You may print for your own students. We will offer a prepaid print and ship option in the near future for USA/Canada.

Applying the Method on Various Instruments

  • The Method on Piano
  • The Method on Lap Dulcimer
  • The Method on Strumstick
  • The Method on Ukulele
  • The Method on Guitar
  • The Method For Vocal Lessons

Bonus Song Library

An ever-growing library of sheet music with Musicolor notation.

Certification

Teachers can get certified which leads to listing and promotion through our website.

Teacher Songbook

The 12 week songbook in traditional music notation for teachers to download and print.

Tools and Templates

We have many worksheets, templates, and tools to download and print out ensuring your teaching success.

Bonus Webinars

We add new content regularly including bonus webinars, interviews, and guest teachers.

100% Unconditional Money Back Guarantee

The Musicolor Method™ Members Circle and training materials come with a 100% money back guarantee.  I am so sure that you will learn how to teach music in the simplest, most effective and fun way possible that I am personally guaranteeing you will see results with your students.   I want to have excited, enthusiastic teachers using the Musicolor Method™ and sharing the joys of music with the world.  If you are less than 100% satisfied with the materials, or the experience or whatever, just send me an email within 30 days of purchase and you will receive a full refund within 24 hours via PayPal who does all the payment processing for us.

 

Sample Office Hours Video

 

A Sample Lesson from the 12 week curriculum

There are additional printouts and notes on the lesson page in the course.

 

 

You will have better students and greater income using the Musicolor Method™

By learning how to teach pre-literate and preschool aged children simply, effectively and while having fun, you will not only become highly sought after as a teacher, but you can continue teaching these students for a longer time.  So many other teachers begin teaching beginners at 8 years of age or older.

By building a strong rapport and teaching foundational basics from as early as 3 or 4 years old, you can continue teaching these kids for many years longer than other teachers.  And, if you have never taught before, teaching beginning music is a wonderful way to start.  You can always teach the basics and then hand these students off to the other teachers in your neighborhood.

Homeschooling and The Musicolor Method™

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.

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Some Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be an experienced music teacher 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 this 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 only useful for teaching preschool aged children?

No.  You can use these techniques with any age, even adults.  However, I have included a curriculum that is aimed at preschoolers as this is a long under-served audience.  

What instruments work for this method?

The 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.

 

What about teaching 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 have 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 just beginners?

I think 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.   

What if I’m not that confident as a teacher?

The mindsets, tools, techniques, and curriculum you will learn in the course will enable you to confidently teach new students of any age, but especially preschool aged children.  

What if I’m a homeschooling parent? Can I teach this to my kids?

That is a great idea and exactly how I started this method.  I homeschooled my son in music with these methods to great success.  He has now gone on to study with so many other great teachers.

Will you give me personal coaching?

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

Do I need to buy a lot of other 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! Andrew, his team, and invited guests are here to be your guides. Plus, the discussion forum is where you can help each other!

Is there any kind of guarantee this works?

If you will make the effort to take the course, do all the activities and try these out in real life lessons, you will succeed.  However, if you feel that the course does not meet your expectations, I will refund your money within 30 days.  

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