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An all-inclusive guide to help answer parents' questions about teachers, lessons and instruments . . . an excellent resource for parents -American Music Teacher "The authors counsel parents how to guide children through their study of music . . . I like this perspective: "Every life should include music. Even if we cannot all be performers, composers, or teachers, we can all become members of an educated, appreciative audience" -Parenting by the Book Children are musical by nature, whether clapping their hands or singing a joyful song, but many parents don't know when or how to begin their child's formal musical education. Whether you wish to encourage your young child's musical growth or would like to plan for a musical career, The Harmonious Child provides insight and guidance into the musical education of children-from toddlers to teenagers. Beth Luey and Stella Saperstein walk you through the basics of finding the right instrument and instructor for your child, the ins and outs of music lessons, and successful ways to manage practice time. Beth and Stella offer practical, friendly, and knowledgeable advice about band, orchestra, and recitals-even the possibility of a musical career for the very talented. With a thorough list of resources and a glossary, this guide will help you encourage you and your child to make music a part of your lives. And, as a bonus, remember that music does make children smarter-but only if they play it themselves!
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Beth Luey is an educator and amateur musician. When her daughter was taking piano lessons, she realized how important music was in her own life, in her daughter's life, and in their relationship. She asked her daughter's teacher, Stella Saperstein, to write a book with her to help other parents guide their children's musical education. Stella was the ideal co-author. A parent herself, she is also a gifted musician-a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory who is much in demand as a teacher for students from age three to adult. She often speaks to music educators' organizations and participates as a juror in piano competitions. When Beth and Stella wrote the book, they were both living in Phoenix, where Stella still lives-now counting among her students her two grandchildren. Beth has moved to the south coast of Massachusetts. Her daughter, who graduated from Harvard in 2004, lives in Seattle. Music remains an important part of her life.
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