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How to keep children engaged in music lessons and practicing

Useful advice to help kids stay engaged in and have fun with music lessons and practicing

Released on November 13, 2013

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Peter Shankey * VSM MEMBER * on January 28, 2014 @12:49 pm PST
I am amazed at musicians such as Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. How in the world can they do the jumps of the fingers from octave to octave without missing? Any technics of doing moving from octave and have the fingers come down on the correct keys while not looking would be most helpful.
Robert Estrin - host, on January 29, 2014 @6:43 pm PST
This is a great subject for a future video!
Eileen Sephton * VSM MEMBER * on November 15, 2013 @12:40 am PST
Ooh, well said, all of the comments! I'd like to build a bonfire with cheap and nasty violins that are impossible to tune and sound horrible. Having said that, new student models are much better than old ones so buy new rather than second hand. Purple ones seem to be especially popular with my young girl students.
margie nelson on November 14, 2013 @11:21 am PST
How about keeping adults engaged? I'm trying to learn piano at age 58.
Robert Estrin - host, on November 15, 2013 @4:22 pm PST
Get the best instrument and teacher you can, and play music you love! Try to make a routine of practicing every day and play for family and friends, or even events at church or elsewhere to keep it fun! You can also accompany other musicians when you get some proficiency. Stay with it - it's not too late!
Linda K Wilson * VSM MEMBER * on November 14, 2013 @9:33 am PST
This was great info for any parent. As a strings teacher myself, it would be good to have a mention of the importance if an experienced teacher in teaching correct hand position and technique for beginners, too.

Love these videos. Keep them coming!
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