I’ve been thinking about this article about why we shouldn’t force kids to learn a musical instrument. For the most part I think Oppenheimer’s arguments are weak (violin lessons are as pointless as foosball lessons), but he does have one interesting point: most of his friends that had taken music lessons as children put down … Continue reading How to help your kids form an emotional attachment to classical music
So, we’ve got: 1) Form a practicing habit. 2) Find motivating materials. 3) Practicing environment counts. Now on to : 4) Work through resistance. When I lived in Oregon about ten years ago, I had a jazz saxophone player friend who told me, “I practice everyday whether I want to or not.” Wow. This is … Continue reading How to get your kid to practice, Pt. 2
I’d like to give a little shout-out for Screen Free week, April 30-May 6, sponsored by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. Maybe a little screen time can be substituted with music play time this week. May is a busy month for most kids: weekends and weeknights are filled with piano and dance recitals, band concerts, … Continue reading Music/Sound Play Ideas for Screen-Free Week, Apr. 30-May 6
When is a child ready for piano lessons? That is the question I’ve been asking myself over the last few years and I think I’m coming closer to an answer that makes sense to me. I’ve been teaching piano lessons regularly for about 12 years now, and after working with several children ages 4-7, I’ve … Continue reading When is a child ready for piano lessons?
Lately I’ve been thinking about the piano vs. keyboard debate. When parents ask if a keyboard is okay for a beginner to learn on, my first gut reaction is “No! Don’t get a keyboard! Get a piano!” But I stop myself before I say this because I know buying a piano is an investment, especially … Continue reading Piano or Keyboard?