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 Violin One on One

Introduction to the Violin

Violin vs Fiddle

Violin vs Viloa

Huminity and Violin

The Right size Violin for Children

 Parent's Guide to Music Lessons

How can I get my child to practice?

When Should Children Start Music Lessons?

Children and Music Talent

What Instrument to choose?

Finding a Music Teacher

Finding an Instrument

Once Lessons Have Begun

Guide to Great Music Practice


STEP 1 - Set Goals

STEP 2 - Set Practice Time

STEP 3 - Warm Up

STEP 4 - Work on It

STEP 5 - Cool Down

STEP 6 - Evaluate

 Music Know how

Music Business Knowhow

Avoid being Nervous

Good intonation in string playing

Music Teacher and Shops

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Does My Child Have Enough Talent for music?

The short answer to this question is "yes". All children can benefit from music instruction, and many of the children who enjoy it the most are not the ones who have enough talent to be the next Itzhak Perlman.

Much research suggests that students who receive music instruction do better in their other classes, and this effect may show up strongest in math class.

If you still don't want to bother with music lessons unless your child shows some natural aptitude, consider the following questions:

  • When your preschooler sings alone, is the tune accurate?

  • When he sings with others, does he follow the contour (the ups-and-downs) of the melody correctly? Does he try to find correct pitches, even if the song is being sung too high or low for his voice?

  • Does her play-time include singing and dancing even when an adult doesn't suggest it?

  • Does he learn a song more quickly than the other children in his class? Does he still remember many songs a long time after learning them?

Catherine Schmidt-Jones attended Rice University, completing a B.A. in chemistry as well as the B. Music and M. Music. Currently teaching brass and guitar privately. Further information can be found at connexions.