In this day and age when professional parents often treat raising their children with much the same diligence as they prepare legal briefs or write academic papers, the question arises, "Is my child musical? And should I be doing something about it?"
Does Your Child Really Need Band?
By the time the "Band, Orchestra and Instrumental Music Lessons" form comes home from school (most school band programs begin in the third or fourth grades, orchestra programs in the fourth or fifth grades), you may feel that you and your child are already stretched beyond your limits.
Finding the Right Instrument is Like Falling in Love
"You wish to try another instrument?" Reasons to say "yes" to a change of musical instrument
Homeschool Parents Have a Unique Opportunity to Put Music Into Their Children’s Lives
Homeschool parents have the unique opportunity to raise culturally literate children. Many schools across the country are cutting back or eliminating their art and music programs, thinking that more class time studying math and English will produce higher test scores.
In an Increasingly Visual World, Listening is a Learned Art
Every parent wishes that their child would just listen. But listening is different from hearing, because it denotes comprehension. Today, young people are bombarded with pictures as the fundamental way of acquiring information.
Introducing Children to Classical Music
Introducing children to classical music is a challenging and complex task. The aural world is as varied and rich as the world of sight, and yet, the same parents who consider the reading of Shakespeare and Dickens and the viewing of Michelangelo and Rembrandt integral parts of an educated mind will suddenly hesitate when asked about the importance of listening to a Beethoven symphony.
It is Never Too Late to Ask: Would You Like to Begin an Instrument This Fall?
In the world of music, we constantly hear of the violinist who began playing at the age of 4, or the great pianist who just sat at the instrument at the age of 3 and began to pick out melodies he or she had heard. But most of our orchestras and concert stages are filled with musicians who began taking lessons, either privately or at school, at more "regular" times.
Keyboards: Your Computer, Your Piano, and Your Child
The computer age has entered all phases of our lives. I am delighted with computerized scanning at the supermarket and the ATM machines; I could not live without desktop publishing, and I encouraged my son to learn to use Excel for ratio problems in math.