5 Benefits You Need to Know re: Kids & Music

By Heidi

I had a dream. I wanted my daughter Gracie to play the violin. But, she didn’t share my dream. She wanted piano lessons instead. So, at the age of 5, she went off to her very first piano lesson. And, after a few more years of pestering her about the violin, I gave up. She was excelling on the piano and seemed to enjoy it. And my dream became her dream.

Then, when Gracie turned 9, she came to me and said, “You know, Mom, I think I’d like to try violin lessons now.” Whoa! I tried to contain my excitement, just in case it didn’t work out. I talked to her piano teacher, who said she was at a great age to pick up a second instrument (and her background in piano would be so helpful). She also graciously offered the use of a violin (which saved us from buying one, in case Gracie didn’t like it).

We did go on to purchase her a 4/4 starter violin. And, last year, after saving her pennies for awhile, she was able to upgrade (with a matching gift …read more

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