Raising Musical Kids

Raising Musical Kids : A Guide for Parents

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As a musician, a music teacher, and father of three musical children, Robert A. Cutietta can view the challenge of raising musical kids from all sides. Now, in a volume written specifically for parents (with or without musical background), he draws upon his extensive research and varied personal experience to offer a complete, practical guide to this common parenting issue. Does music make kids smarter? At what age should a child begin music lessons? Where should I purchase an instrument? What should parents expect from a child's teachers and lessons? How do I get them to practice? Raising Musical Kids answers these and many more questions as it covers everything from assembling a good listening library for kids, to matching a child's personality with an instrument's personality, to finding musical resources in your community. Cutietta is a gold mine of common sense and straightforward advice. For instance, his novel reward system for enforcing practice will be a godsend for parents. Knowing that children can-and usually do-get most of their music education within the public school system, the author explores at length the features and benefits of elementary and secondary school programs, and shows how parents can make the schools work for them and their children. And along the way, readers will enjoy Cutietta's good humor-his tales of 3rd graders wrestling with huge string basses-and the common sense way he dispels many stereotypes, such as the all-too-common "only boys can play drums." Throughout, Cutietta emphasizes the joy of participating in music for its own sake. This is a book that parents everywhere will treasure as a complete road map for developing their child's musical abilities.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 159 x 241.3 x 22.9mm | 512.57g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous line drawings
  • 0195129229
  • 9780195129229

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"Cutietta's book will be one that parents refer to again and again. An authoritative addition for parenting collections in all public libraries."--Library Journal (starred review)"Cutietta writes as if he were having a conversation with some parents. He avoids jargon and makes concepts easy to understand.... Parents are in constant search for answers to their questions about music learning for their children. This type of book has been needed for a long time."--Janet Montgomery, Associate Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder"This book conveys excellent guidelines and support for parents of musical children. It also offers thought to parents who are uncertain of their child's ability or serious musical interest, as well as giving insight into the child who is sensitive and creative. Thoughtfully researched and very well written"--Sara McFerrin, Professor Emeritus, Fullerton College, and the mother of Bobby McFerrinshow more

About Robert Cutietta

Robert Cutietta is Dean of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. For years a teacher in the public schools, Cutietta is both a choral director and an electric bass player and is currently the composer for the Television series Lost Legends of the West.show more

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