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Decide Your Musical Goal with Help from the Music Teacher
for the upcoming evening. Also, if you plan on going somewhere in life, an unpredictable
route can get you anywhere, and no one knows whether you’ll get the expected fun.
But all you have to do is define the specific goal right at the beginning and get,
say, tickets for a popular singer’s concert. There are tons of examples like that.
So why don’t some parents use this experience not only in music education, but also
at a public school, and, most important, in life?
I can tell you with absolutely certainty that those children whose goals are defined
by the parents and the music teacher, only 1 percent will graduate from a musical
college. And you’ll basically have to thank your teacher for it.
What do the statistics say? Four percent of former “temporary” music students will
attempt to play the instrument from time to time in the future, but the others will
avoid coming near it at all. You can avoid such a prospect by enrolling your child
in the right school with the right teacher, or enlisting the services of a professionally
trained private teacher. Then, the music teacher will know how to set goals in order
to maintain his interest in studying. If the music teacher can not help you, look
for the information elsewhere.
I am sorry to tell you, but nowhere, not even in specialized music stores, will you
find anything that parents should know about the music education of children. Going
to the libraries will not help you either. That is why I attest that the main reason
that children quit music lessons right at the beginning or a little later on is their
own parents more than the music teacher. But on the other hand, you can’t blame all
parents: it is very difficult to find the information you need, especially if do
not know what and, the main thing, where to search for it.
By all means, it is not that easy to spark a child’s interest in music and maintain
it, not even for the music teacher. Besides, the training often requires considerable
financial investments that are hard to come by at times. On this note I’d like to
draw your attention to the name of James Heckman, who received the Nobel Prize for
proving that each dollar invested in a child’s education equals a return of seventeen
dollars for him in the future! Heckman supervises the research about the value of
early musical education of children and published the results in the book, The Productivity
Argument in Investing in Young Children.
In summary of the information I have relayed to you about music school and the music
teacher running private classes, it is time to ask a question:
What to do? Which one to choose? Because the financial side of the matter is very
important! First, dear parents, I recommend that you define your goals and then help
your child do the same. And, the more vivid and definite your goal is, the easier
and more quickly you (and your children) will reach it.
Setting goals is requisite for a manageable life. For example, if the husband asks
“What do we have for dinner, dear?” the wife can answer, “I do not know yet, but
I will think of something!” Then she thinks of the list of the family menu and chooses