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The harmonious child : every parent's guide to musical instruments, teachers, and lessons
Luey, Beth.
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Berkeley, Calif. : Celestial Arts, 2003.
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xiii, 152 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Children are musical by nature, whether tooting toy instruments, clapping their hands, or banging wooden blocks. Parents who want to nurture those healthy musical tendencies will delight in THE HARMONIOUS CHILD'¬?s practical, friendly, and knowledgeable advice. In this comprehensive guide, Stella Saperstein and Beth Luey walk you through the basics of finding the right instrument and instructor for your child, the ins and outs of music lessons, and successful ways to manage your child'¬?s practice time. They also discuss marching band, orchestra, and recitals-even the possibility of a musical career for your child. With a thorough list of resources and a glossary, this guide will help you encourage your child to channel that joyful ruckus into beautiful music. Provides a comprehensive look at music lessons and how parents can encourage their child'¬?s musical growth and maturity. Applicable to parents who wish to move their child beyond early music programs and into more advanced studies. Details musical instruments and their appropriateness to various age groups. Includes a chapter on "Do Music Lessons Make Children Smarter?" which discusses the practical and more intangible values of music.

Author Notes

Beth Luey teaches at Arizona State University, is the author of many books about writing and publishing, and is an amateur pianist
Stella Saperstein was trained at the Leningrad Conservatory in Russia as a concert pianist and college piano instructor and has taught piano for more than thirty years. She immigrated to the United States in 1979, and currently maintains a successful private piano studio

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. x
Chapter 1 Why Should Children Study Music?p. 1
Chapter 2 Do Music Lessons Make Children Smarter?p. 7
Chapter 3 The Best Time to Beginp. 21
Chapter 4 Choosing an Instrument, or Twop. 29
Chapter 5 Choosing the Right Teacherp. 46
Chapter 6 Practicingp. 56
Chapter 7 Competitions, Recitals, and Other Performancesp. 72
Chapter 8 Band, Orchestra, and Choirp. 84
Chapter 9 Deciding When to Stopp. 95
Chapter 10 Careers in Musicp. 105
Chapter 11 The Harmonious Child from Birth to Collegep. 115
Glossaryp. 130
Notesp. 136
For further informationp. 139
Indexp. 147