Young Person’s Guide to Making Music

NPR’s “The Young Person’s Guide To Making Music” provides guidance and suggestions for parents of kids just starting out in music, with ideas for everything from finding a great teacher to reducing audition anxiety. These articles have a lot of helpful information, so they’re a great place to get started.

How Does A Kid Choose The Right Instrument To Play?

Nuns seated young Christopher O’Riley at the piano to keep him out of trouble. The Spokane Symphony’s principal trombonist was handed the only remaining instrument in school band. What’s the best way to help a child find the right thing to play?
https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2012/06/14/155034276/finding-true-love-helping-your-kid-choose-the-right-instrument

Finding The Right Teacher For Your Music-Loving Kid

We’ve got tips for locating a great instructor, including questions you should ask before the first lesson.
https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2012/06/18/155282661/finding-the-right-teacher-for-your-music-loving-kid

Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums

Suggestions on how to help your child build the foundation of self-discpline with intentional practicing.
https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2012/06/18/155282684/getting-kids-to-practice-music-without-tears-or-tantrums

‘Next!’ How Do You Reduce Audition Anxiety?

Relax — we’ve got ways help your child play confidently for strangers when something’s at stake.
https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2012/06/18/155283138/next-how-do-you-reduce-audition-anxiety

Resistance Training For Your ‘Willpower’ Muscles

Science tells us that we have a limited amount of willpower to draw upon anyway. So make the most of the time you have.
https://www.npr.org/2011/09/18/140516974/resistance-training-for-your-willpower-muscles

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