Thursday, March 5, 2015

How to support your musical child

English conversation lesson about music and supporting the musician in the family.

I have been a musican for as long as I can remember.  I started playing the guitar at age 7, but I had really wanted to start when I was five.  But there wasn't a guitar small enough for me.  So, when I finally started playing the guitar nobody told me actually how to practice.  This blog post would have really helped me and my parents back then.  Now, however I play the guitar, clarinet, flute, saxophone, mandolin, recorders and oh yes, I started the piano 2 years ago.
I am taking an active role in my daughter's musical education.  I'm teaching her how to play the clarinet. She is progressing and it is very gratifiying to see another young musician in the family.
 I also teach all these instruments so if you are in Jerusalem and want music lessons. . . contact me.
Otherwise read this blog post, it is a bit long, but very interesting. and discuss it with your English teacher!

Key Terms
a shameless plug
cover more bases
feeding his or her need for expression
the ability to work in a group,
create an outlet
 listen critically
assess performance 
create plans to solve problems
music stand
tucked away 
overcome any issues 
converse with
line of communication
subtle ways
 flit in
spontaneous practice
establish a routine
Make charts
Set goals
Support effort 
a willingness to try new things
actively listen
enthusiasm and interest
win-win situation


What is the best way to support a musical child?
Do you play a musical instrument? If not, would you like to? 
What  are the benefits to playing a musical instrument?
Which one is most important to you?
Are the reasons that an adult would want to start playing a musical instrument different than a child starting?
What type of musical goals would a child have? 
How does scheduling a performance help motivation to practise? 
What skills does the parent have to foster in the child? 
Would you consider a teacher or learning from videos?
Which instrument is the easist?  Hardest?
How long should a person try out a new musical instrument before giving up? 

Lesson plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional Music teacher and English teacher 

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