Friday, August 28, 2009

Kids And Music - When To Call It Quits

Every parent with a young music student has been through the following:

"Mom, can I play the _______?" Please? I'll practice every day, I promise! Then before too long, the practicing slows or stops and the student says they don't want to play that instrument anymore. Sometimes they want to switch instruments. Sometimes they want to quit altogether.
If you're lucky, you can find incentives to keep them practicing and motivated through the ups and downs, until finally the need to succeed among their peers is enough to carry them forward. After that, if you're really fortunate, you end up with a music student that stays with their instrument because they love playing it, and have fallen in love with music itself.

But what do you do if a child simply doesn't follow that path? What if you have spent several years encouraging, cajoling, pleading with a student to "just keep trying", but the results don't follow? Is there a way to tell when enough is enough?

We reached that point with my youngest son this year. After raising six successful music students, one of whom has gone on to major in music performance, our youngest child has not responded to playing his instrument even after four years of trying. Practicing has been torture for him and for us. Last year, the band director called and said he needed to talk to me. That our son was just not progressing. It was tempting to quit. In fact, we made that decision. When suddenly, our son decided just before school started this year that he WANTS to play the horn in band and play it well. He has been practicing (on his own) for 45 minutes a day. A minor miracle is occuring. Maybe we have suddenly hit the 'peer pressure' age? I hope so. I really do. So we are not calling it quits yet.

If you'd like to follow some online discussions about this subject, here are a couple of links:

Top 10 Ways To Encourage Your Child To Practice

How do you know when it is ok to let a child give up playing a musical instrument


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Friday, June 26, 2009

Personalized Piano And Keyboard Music Gifts

When my kids were taking piano lessons, it was important to have a good bag to keep their music in or they ended up dropping lesson books in the mud on their way into their piano teacher's home. My son ask me to design a piano bag for him to use and I did. It has become a popular item in my music store and he and I share the income equally from any sales because 'it was his idea', he said.
Recently I decided to expand the personalized music gifts we offer to include t-shirts, keepsake boxes and other music products. They make nice custom presents for any music student or music teacher for that matter. Here are a few samples. They can be personalized with a name by contacting us here:
Request A Personalized Piano Tote bag

Request A Personalized Violin T-shirt
Request A FunnyViolin Master Gift

Friday, April 17, 2009

School Band Gifts

Spring band awards night dinners will be here soon! It's time to think about gifts for the director, drum major, section leaders, band parents and more. Milestones Music has fun gifts that make great band awards night handouts.
Here are some examples:


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Band T-shirts For Marching Addicts

Do you find yourself shuffling your feet under your desk to last year's drill chart routine? Maybe you're a marching band addict. Winter or summer, when you gotta march, you gotta march. Keep in practice for the 2009 marching band season, any way you can! And keep sharing the love for band with these fun band t-shirts:


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cool Marching Band Buttons Build Section Pride

Here are lots of fun marching band buttons for all different kinds of instrumentalists in your marching band. Even when it's winter, you can show band spirit and show off your instrument especially if the whole section wear matching buttons.