By Jacob Stockinger
School is out, for the most part, and many families will be looking for a way that children can pursue cultural enrichment activities.
Or maybe parents are looking for a way to replace what many budget-strapped schools districts have been cutting out.
For that case, music lessons might loom large – whether they are started in the summer, or the summer is an interim before music lessons start in the fall.
But parents, especially parents who themselves have no experience in music, can have a lot of hard questions:
When should children start taking music lessons?
What is the best instrument for a particular child?
How can you tell if you have found the right teacher?
How can get your child to practice without being a nag?
And how far should you be encouraging of playing and performing?
These are just some of the tips that were feature all this past week on NPR, derived from the radio show “From the Top,” which highlights and showcases young talent around the country. The series is called, in a reference to a composition by British composer Benjamin Britten, “The Young Person‘s Guide to Making Music.”
The Ear found the series – which has a lot of specifics and a lot of links – a terrific primer. Now he wonder if they will do the same for ADULT MUSIC STUDENTS since they often face difficult and confusing questions, as well as self-doubt and a lack of confidence, about starting late.
Anyway, here are some of the topics covered by the NPR series, which has performed a valuable public service and deserve all our thanks. BE SURE TO READ SOME OF THE COMMENTS AND TIPS ABOUT THE SERIES LEFT ON THE NPY BLOG ‘DECEPTIVE CADENCE.”
And if you have tips from personal or professional experience, please share them in the COMMENTS section of this blog.
Finding the right instrument for your child:
Finding the right teacher for your child:
Getting kids to practice without a fight:
How to be a supportive and encouraging parent without becoming overbearing and overly ambitious:
How to help your child through the anxiety of the nerve-wracking process of auditioning or competing in a competition?