Son in background serenading his mother
... well hubby's away for the week.... and this is how I spent my evening.... finishing off some work, some vino... while being serenaded by my big son with his rendition of 'Classical Gas' on the guitar.
Both my boys love their music. Little one has being learning for a year and big one for six years. Big one is very disciplined with practice. I can't believe my luck! I smile when I hear "Mum, can I have a piano practice?".... and NEVER say no to that question! He is NOT his mother's son. What a difference a generation makes. I had a real struggle with my music and did not enjoy practice (or lessons) one bit.
I truly believe the teacher makes all the difference. If my son didn't like his teachers and their lesson content then we would move on... it's that simple! I believe that even though youngsters don't know what's good for them, they should still have a voice. I am always assessing his enjoyment levels, ensuring that he is happy with his teacher and his pieces. Each time he starts a new grade, his teacher plays a whole selection of pieces, from which he can choose his next repertoire..... he has a choice .... and his guitar teacher is teaching him the classics whilst throwing in some superior groovy stuff whenever he can... so we have Clapton, ACDC, Dire Straights as well as the pretty stuff. Getting a choice and having a voice... that's the key to a happy little musician I think. You've got to enjoy it... especially when you're a kid.
Do you have music in your home? Do you have any little tactics you use to keep the joy of it all going? Would love to hear your views.
PS. My big son has just read over my shoulder and has added that his teachers are forgiving as well. If he hasn't managed as much practice as he could one week, due to school work, they 'forgive' him! Interesting perspective ... straight from the musician's mouth!