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Life With Wee People: Saturdays Are For Bagels, Sam Ash and NYMA Music Classes

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

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Life With Wee People: Saturdays Are For Bagels, Sam Ash and NYMA Music Classes

This is a great block to have fun with your kids on. We started our morning having bagels, oat meal cookies, carrot cake, orange juice and snapples at Bagels For You. Above it is New York Music & Arts (NYMA). To get there, you have to go to the entrance right next to Sam Ash.


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My kids love getting their munchies and snackage together when we go on our little musical excursions. Saturday mornings are definitely bagel time because it's a quick, easy painless tasty treat when you are about to oogle instruments, sample the drums, finger the keyboards and drool at guitars (LOL).

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We purchased the Korg and Yamaha here (as well as all of the percussion instruments that Shephen, the Minion Blur destroyed) and a couple of really nice student guitars that the shorties manhandle with glee (LOL). Our last guitar purchase for Noah is doing relatively well because Stephen keeps forgetting we are hiding it in the bedroom closet. Dude becomes El KaBong when he gets mad. We're working on that trait (LOL).

While shopping in Sam Ash I asked around for a music teacher or therapist and Carl suggested the music school above the store would be a good spot for my son since he is a beginner. I liked what I heard about them so off we went to enroll the shorties in their first semester of music school.

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I spoke to them over the phone about my kids taking classes before we came and was delighted to discover they have a family plan where two children in the same family on the same learning level (beginner, etc) can enroll in their "Family Combo" plan if they are learning the same instrument.

I decided to select the piano for them both because I can give them headphones and let them have at it on the keyboards when they are home (LOL). Plus, they can play together if they want to (and I can make them turn the volume down if I have to - LOL).

I've been letting Noah use the Korg while Stephen has been killing the Yahama. I am hoping he doesn't decide to engage in the ritualistic destruction of those two particular bits of musical electronics because I enjoy programming with them. Touring keyboards are not cheap and I could have brought a motorcycle if I add up all the hardware that went to the grave with the help of my wee people (LMAO). Their attitudes are changing and school has a lot to do with that. Stephen is always asking "Can I try?" now, regardless of what someone is doing. That's pretty cool. They are learning to channel their curiosity so I'm learning not to get mad at them when mistakes are made. I do get upset but get over stuff pretty quickly after spoofing with my friends on how their minds appear to work. You have to roll with the flow as a parent or you will loose your ever loving mind. Curious, quirky kids... ya gotta love 'em (LOL).

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I figure those tiny little fingers need something positive to do and those easily distracted minds could use something fun and educational to keep them occupied beyond their usual school routines so Saturdays are for music lessons. I may even toss in some art classes because a semester at NYMA is for 20 weeks and they have an introductory art class that includes all of the materials. Since they teach piano every day I figure that's the best bet for them. However, I don't know if I want to do the 2PM to 8PM slots available for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday or just stick to the 9AM to 5PM slots for Saturdays and Sundays with Saturday being THE day.

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The shorties were pretty excited to be there. Stephen kept insisting I needed to take his shoes off. He only does that when he's really comfortable somewhere so I was instantly impressed with the people who run the place because that's what we do as soon as we get home. We dump our bags, toss out jackets and kick our shoes off (LOL).

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We determined that keeping them in the same classroom for their private lessons were best. The 45 minutes are going to be split up with Noah learning for 30 minutes and Stephen for the remaining 15 because 3 year olds usually don't take piano lessons. Most people start them around 5. I figure since Noah is going to be in class with Stephen watching Step might as well learn something new too. That's another reason why I am thrilled with NYMA. Having a family plan so both kids can learn and being flexible because my kids have issues means I shall periodically be bragging abot this place while I update you all on how the little minions are progressing.

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Make no mistake about it: taking turns may become an issue because my boys love musical instruments (LOL). I was prepared. Step can easily be distracted with toys and two oat meal cookies while Noah works (LMAO).

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When Spring Break is over we are going to have a lot to talk about with their public school teachers. Gotta run. The shorties and I have to go on our next educational play date. I have to hit the park, hit the museum and hit studio to arrange some music. My gal pal Alicia is coming back to New York so I have to get my tracks down so we can edit and record more songs. :-)

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Will get back to the Roman column story shortly. I figured since I threw so many of you off about posting I had to get them to school on a Saturday I'd show you which school I was talking about (LOL). If you are looking for something interesting to do with your kids now that the weather is warm, go take a class the whole family can enjoy together. Music? Art? Cooking? Swimming? It's up to you... I'm looking forward to all the new families we are about to make friends with at NYMA.

Might even youTube a few lessons. I'm sure there'll be something to spoof about. After all, it's the little minions. They are always up to something (LOL).  :-)





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Comment balloon 14 commentsC Tann-Starr • March 27 2010 10:40AM


Good images. Kids are the most important, precious people in the world. Everyone should have a quiver full of them. I am blessed with four, two of each flavor. Great imagery/post!

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 10 years ago

Great post.  First of all I am from Brooklyn, so I love bagels, and could kill for a bialey!  (True story)  I am living in Atlanta now, but just left my NY bagel shop with my wife and son.  There is somethng about a bagel that works well with a family. 

When I read your post I was also reminded of all the years that both of my sons went to music school and then the band in High School.  They were the best years of our life.  The music lessons were also the best return on my investment I ever had.  My sons are wonderful.  You have a great family enjoy all of the little things... they are priceless.

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Maximum One Executive REALTORS®) over 10 years ago

Thank you, Andrew.

Jim, that is sooooo cool. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

I stopped just at the Bagels...we pretend to have them out here, but of course, we don't! I love the pictures of your wee ones. I remember Saturday mornings, no one had to rush anywhere and I always made breakfast. Now...if anyone is even here, they sleep till noon. Precious times you have....and you clearly know it!

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 10 years ago

Just keep this in mind.  If your wee ones show any talent whatsover for any quirky musical instruments, you may get them through college on scholarships.  I got through on piccolo scholarships, and the same holds true if they decide on English horn or viola.  And percussionists could also make the list.  And God!  I love NY bagels!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 10 years ago

C - I lived in NY for years & I miss the bagels.  Congrats on getting your kids started early in Music. 

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) over 10 years ago

C:  Your little guys are great!   If you're music talents are so good that you actually record with others...these kids have it in their genes.  Can't wait to see them in a video!

Posted by Kirsten Lindquist, Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country (Pacific Union International) over 10 years ago

Kristen, they make lots of noise (LOL). We mutilate songs together. That why I'm sticking them in the piano class. When we are recording they sometimes get to help when we drag and drop the wave files around and can pattern play record into loops on the Korg so I am working on their little fingers learning to play skills. They are trying very hard to seriously play so I figure the extra schooling will be an adventure for them. I know it is for me (LOL).

Thank you Margaret. Noah and Stephen seem to really enjoy banging away on the keyboards in the house. Getting them a pro to teach them is the least I can do. My gal pals are helping me out with this project. We figure the shorties can do their own garage band as they get older. :-)

Patricia, that would be amazing and I am going to try and introduce them to wind instruments as well. ;-)

Karen, every minute with them is an unpredictable moment I love. Even when they are being naughty I find myself laughing about it later on. I've been working on my stern face but all it does is make Stephen hug me and laugh. Dude never believes he is in trouble (LOL). :-)


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Loved this post.  Enjoy your little ones because they grow up fast!  And, they're adorable!  Have you taken them to Knish Nosh on Queens Blvd & 68th for a knish?  Yumm... Or, Andres, the fabulous bakery next door?  I'm looking forward to the updates. 

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Your boys are so cute!  They look like they are having fun who will play the piano first.  Enjoy them now because they will grow up so fast.  Saturdays always have to start off with NY Bagel.  You are such a cool mom!!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Hey, I thought Beethoven started playing piano when he was three. But I had no idea you could channel a piano through headphones. What a novel idea. I wish my parents had bought me a piano when I begged and cried for one. Nope, a guitar was less expensive, so that's what I got. I guess it beats a flutophone.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 10 years ago

Elizabeth, a flutophone sounds like fun. I have to go look one up (LOL).

Lizette, quirky Moms make life interesting. So do quirky kids. I have been dragging them everywhere so now they don't want to leave the house (LOL). I may be on my own today. Hmm... :-)

Elyse, Knish Knosh is my husband's fave place. It's near my gym so I pop in every so often if i am not doing the Starbucks thing. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Would you believe I carried mianiture knishes and hot dogs back to Florida from Knish Nosh?  Your husband knows a good thing!

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

LOL @ Elyse. I am totally into good food. I will drive miles for a decent meal. When we come down to Palm Bay I shall have to remind myself to pack the cooler so we can hook up and snack together. Mikey will be thrilled to chill with a fellow fan (LOL). :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

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