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How can I HELP MY CHILD PRACTICE?

Make a difference to your child's music lesson without any musical training!

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Why are kids who learn music MORE SUCCESSFUL in society and life?

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Q:  Are there benefits in taking myself or my children to your music school instead of having lessons in our home?

Yes! In general, those who take lessons at a music school are more motivated to continue in music:

  • It's a professional learning environment. The studios are private. There is no distraction from TV, ringing phones, dishwashers, pets, other household members and visitors.
  • Choose from a selection of teachers, not just the private teachers who are willing to come to your home.
  • A student is part of a community of music makers. Home lessons can be a lonely activity because students spend the bulk of their playing time alone in a practice room.
  • You are exposed to a musical environment. Often, people get into playing music because their friend does, or they've listened to a particular musician that's touched them. A store stocked with instruments and people playing them is very motivational for learning.

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Q: Can I teach myself to play an instrument?

Some very accomplished musicians are self-taught. Several "Teach Yourself" books and videos are available. However, you will learn much quicker if you have a qualified instructor who teaches you the proper technique in the early stages of learning. Otherwise you may develop bad habits that will be difficult to undo.

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Q: I would like to learn to play, but I don't think I have musical talent. People say I'm "tone-deaf." Can I learn?

EVERYONE has musical talent. We've never found anyone who couldn't respond to or participate in music at some level. Try some lessons with a qualified instructor. If you're having fun, then you're on the right track!

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Q: How much time should I spend practicing every day?

It's not so much the exact practice time that's important, but consistent daily practice. A beginner can start with 10-30 minutes per day. After that, the time will vary depending on your ability. Eventually, you will no longer feel like you are "practicing." You'll be playing because you love it!

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Q: My child takes in-school orchestra classes. Should he/she also take private lessons?

There is nothing better than one-on-one instruction. Individual attention enables a child to focus on their musical interests and goals and progress more rapidly to perform to the best of their ability.

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Q: How can I help my child succeed in music?

  • Schedule regular daily practice times in a quiet place.
  • Be nearby during practise times as often as possible and praise your child's efforts and achievements.
  • Provide your child with regular opportunities to play music with and for family and friends.
  • Expose your child to a variety of musical experiences. Listen to music together at home, attend concerts, music festivals, participate in community music events.

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Q: At what age should a child start lessons?

Piano -- Children can begin at age 3 and up. They should recognize numbers one through five and understand the correlation between the numbers on the page and the finger numbers. If he or she knows the alphabet A through G, that is all that's needed. Your child should be able to sit still at the piano for about 10 to 15 minutes while focusing on having fun.

Woodwinds -- Children as young as age 5 can begin learning the recorder, which is a great stepping stone to any instrument. Progression to flute, clarinet, and saxophone depends on the child's fingers being large enough to cover holes and reach keys. Also, a child must have the strength to hold the instrument.

Brass -- Brass instruments can be too heavy for a child younger than age 9. Many young children don't have the strength or manual dexterity. Also, playing brass instruments requires significant breath control, lung capacity, and special mouthing techniques.

Violin  -- Violins come in several different sizes, so it possible to start at age 4.

Guitar -- Guitars come in small sizes, so children can begin at age 4 or 5.

Drum Kit -- Kids can start on a junior-size kit at age 5.

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Q: Should I rent or buy an instrument for my child?

We recommend our rental program:

  1. It's an excellent way to see if your child has an interest in the instrument.
  2. If your child loses interest, simply return the instrument.
  3. Should you decide to buy the rental instrument, Allegro Music will apply all rental payments to the instrument's purchase price or a step-up instrument.

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