Raising Musical Kids: A Guide for Parents (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199941674

Robert A. Cutietta
296 Pages
155 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jan 2014
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Does music make kids smarter? At what age should a child begin music lessons? Where should you purchase an instrument? What should parents expect from a child's teachers and lessons? How can you get kids to practice? Raising Musical Kids answers these and many other questions as it guides parents through everything from assembling a listening library for kids, to matching a child's personality with an instrument's personality, to finding musical resources in your community. Knowing that children can-and often do-get most of their music education from their school, parent and educator Robert Cutietta explores the features and benefits of elementary and secondary school programs, and shows how parents can work with the schools to provide the best possible music program. Throughout the book, Cutietta emphasizes the joy of participating in music for its own sake. The first edition of Raising Musical Kids delighted and informed parents to equal degrees, and this fully-revised second edition is a book that parents everywhere will treasure as a complete road map for developing their child's musical abilities.


Introduction What On Earth Prompted Me to Write This Book?
Chapter 1 The Ground Rules
Chapter 2 What Does Music Study Do for Your Child?
Chapter 3 What Age to Begin Music Lessons
Chapter 4 How do you know if your child has talent?
Chapter 5 Creating a Musical Home Environment
Chapter 6 Finding a Good Private Teacher
Chapter 7 Choosing the Right Instrument for Your Child to Play
Chapter 8 Getting Kids to Practice
Chapter 9 What Is Good Practicing?
Chapter 10 Music in Schools
Chapter 11 Music in the Public Elementary School
Chapter 12 Music in Secondary Schools
Chapter 13 Music in Non-public Schools
Chapter 14 Music Education outside of Schools
Chapter 15 Musical Competitions
Chapter 16 Music, Teenagers, and the Home
Chapter 17 Technology and Music Learning
Chapter 18 Finding (and Using) Community Musical Resources
Chapter 19 Careers in Music
Chapter 20 Da Capo al Fine
Chapter 21 Deceptive Cadence
Appendix A Listening activities to engage your child in music
Appendix B Podcasts of Interest
Appendix C Resources for Parents
Appendix D Songs That "Americans, of All Ages, Should Know and Can Sing"
Appendix E The National Standards for Music Education
Appendix F Suggestions for Listening

About the author: 

Robert Cutietta is Dean of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Comfortable as a musician, teacher, researcher, and parent, he brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, expertise, and common sense to writing about music and children.

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