For parents of young musicians
It can be hard to know where to start when your child expresses an interest in an instrument, or a form of dance you’re unfamiliar with. The links on this page may be useful in helping to answer frequently asked questions like how to choose an instrument, or at what age music lessons make sense.
David Holt wrote an article in the Mother Earth News in 1984 about choosing an acoustic instrument, and the advice as good today as ever –'”How to Choose a Folk Music Instrument: A guide to stringed folk instruments: the guitar, banjo, dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, autoharp, fiddle and mandolin”. Check that out here.
In 2012 NPR ran a series of stories called The Young Person’s Guide to Making Music. While focused primarily on classical music, the advice here is great for any parent with a child involved in the music world.
- The Young Person’s Guide to Making Music
- ‘Next!’ How Do You Reduce Audition Anxiety?
- How Do You Encourage Your Kid Without Being A Crazy Stage Parent?
- Getting Kids to Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums
- Finding the Right Teacher For Your Music-Loving Kid
- How Does A Kid Choose The Right Instrument To Play?