vudukungfu: I dunno. I had (like everyone in my family for generations) 2 years mandatory piano beginning at 9.Taught myself guitar, mandolin, and write my own music now.
gilgigamesh: I wish my parents had *let* me take piano when I was a kid. I begged them, and because my Dad was forced by his musically inclined father to learn violin, he refused. I didn't get to learn until I was 17 when I could pay for it myself.I still play, so there's that. But learning to read music is like learning to read anything. Imagine starting learn to read at 17. That is me: I read music like I am 7 years old, and I more or less always will.I love my Dad, but I will never forgive him for that.
Ennuipoet: [thumbs4.ebaystatic.com image 225x225]I am still waiting for my Recorder lessons to pay off in my adult life, I have faith!!
ytterbium: I don't force my kid to play saxophone, but I encourage her. She's in marching band, does solo competitions and will be joining jazz band soon. We just got her a Cannonball yesterday, she'd better stick with it.Being in a school system that values musical education is wonderful.
Carth: No. Kids should be forced to learn an instrument and start learning a second language before the age of 10 because after that it gets a lot more difficult
Sybarite: If you're going to make your son learn an instrument, at least make it one that can get him laid.
Russ1642: As a piano teacher I even have to agree. If you are forcing your kids against their will then give up already. If they want to learn then pushing them by imposing some discipline is what it's all about. If they hate it then it's a waste of time and money.
Honest Bender: This might surprise you, but I'm pretty confident I could. I just so happen to know a few dancers. Once you know what to look for, it's fairly easy to spot someone who has spent a significant amount of time training in dance. Just like it's not terribly hard to spot someone who spent a similar amount of time involved with sports
Teaching your kid how to play the violin won't help them on the assembly line!
error 303: Our daughter Rebekah, who is in second grade, takes three after-school classes every week. On Monday there is violin; on Wednesday, Hebrew; and on Thursday, ballet. One of these classes connects her to a religious tradition going back three thousand years. Two Three of them are pretty well pointless.
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