This self-help guide is essential reading for any parent or carer wishing to know more about bringing music into the life of their child. Twenty short chapters, which assume no musical knowledge, are packed with expert advice on how to support your child through every stage of musical development, from birth through to early adulthood. Helpful advice is included on: music-making with the very young; recognising and encouraging musicality; choosing the right
instrument; getting the most out of music lessons; encouraging practice; public performance; and music exams.
Why should children make music? ; Music activities for the very young ; How do I know if my child is musical? ; Choosing a musical instrument ; Instrument by instrument ; Choosing a teacher ; What happens in music lessons? ; Practice ; How can I help my child's progress? ; Music in school ; Music beyond the lesson ; Music and technology ; Playing in public ; Music exams ; Festivals and competitions ; Staying on track ; Music for children with special needs ; The exceptionally talented child ; Music in further and higher education ; Music as a career