From the Top, a non-profit organization that produces a weekly NPR radio show featuring the best young classical musicians in the country, has been posting a series of blog posts called The Parents’ Perspective that are full of inspiration and practical advice from parents of some of the country’s top classical musicians. Here are the topics that have been discussed so far:
- Musical Beginnings – thoughts about determining your child’s interest in music and helping them get off to a good start with formal lessons.
- Now What? – thoughts about finding the right teacher.
- Practice, Practice, Practice! – thoughts about establishing an effective practice schedule and maintaining motivation.
- Skipping School for the Sake of Music – thoughts about how to handle conflicting demands between school and music-related activities – from great relationships to difficult teachers to homeschooling.
This is an ongoing series, so I encourage you to check it out for yourselves and consider sending the link to parents in your studios!