“Mummy, I want to learn…”

Music Lessons – How? What? When? Can? Parents advice
In our pop, rap, and hip hop saturated musical world, why bother to study classical music or even learn to read musical notation? Can all children benefit from this kind of instruction? Does it matter if your child is musical – and how do you know?
How do you choose an instrument or a teacher? What is the right age to start a particular instrument? What are the expenses for music lessons? Can you afford them? When do you take a child to hear a first symphonic concert or a first jazz concert?
Music Lessons can also help parents avoid the negative experiences many of us had with piano teachers who were too strict or spent a lot of time on uninspiring repertoire. It offers key guidance to one of the trickiest hurdles of all : helping our children learn how to practice daily ( or almost daily). It will also help parents with another common hurdle – when your child emphatically says that he or she wants to quit. I will enlist of resources that includes recommended reading and listening, as well as organizations and Web sites for further exploration of the covered topics.
Piano is consider an excellent first instrument for children for its ease of obtaining pleasing sounds and its visible logic of note placement. For many children, though, the novelty of private piano lessons wears off quickly, eroded by the child’s feeling that practice is a solitary activity and often a struggle; soon, he or she is begging to quit. A possible solutions? Switch gears, at least for awhile, but don’t give up. Learning to play music with other children may be a better choice for your child and a more immediately motivating one. Learning to play the recorder in a group may be a better choice for the moment since it often provides both a positive experience and a chance to acquire transferable skills that may lead to the mastery of a more challenging instrument later on.
My aim is to help parents find the right balance of support, continuity, and flexibility to follow through with this process. The result? Children will indeed relish their own musical process. They will become comfortable with the physicality of their instruments and will master repertoire that at first seemed daunting. Practice does reach a magic vortex, when the child’s concept of his or her own musicality and skills becomes self-gratifying and self- motivating.


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