When should your child start playing a musical instrument? It depends. As parents of 10 kids playing musical instruments, we share tips about when and how to introduce your kids to music and a possible musical instrument.
Think it is too late to learn an instrument? Lindsay is living proof that it isn’t. She takes lessons from Tricia. Nancy and Shelly learned to play guitar as adults (Shelly much better than Nancy). We discuss what it takes to learn an instrument as an adult and what it can give to your soul to take on the challenge.
Jason Mrantz plays one, so why can’t you or your child? The Ukulele is not the instrument of large Hawaiian singers anymore (thanks to one very large Hawaiian singer named Iz Kamakawiwo‘ole). Ryan Taylor of UkulelePlay.com discusses how to select and instrument and how to learn to play. It is one of the least expensive instruments while still being one of the most fun and interactive instruments. With ukes starting at $30, there is no excuse not to bring music into your family’s life. Maybe you will all learn to play–the family that ukes together sticks together!
Looking for songs and chord charts or even classes and bootcamps? Check out Ryan’s site for more information. UkulelePlay.com
Personal Note: Alex got his Uke and he LOVES it. We had issues with him learning chords on the classical guitar, but playing the uke, he has embraced chords and is learning strumming patterns. It has been a blast.
TruAnn Boulter, Suzuki violin teacher, discusses what the Suzuki method is and how it might work for you and your children interested in taking music lessons. Suzuki uses the Mother Tongue approach. Learn what this is.