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Questions tagged [children]

For questions relating to children in music. Examples include teaching music to children (theory and practice), instrument selection, and specific technique for younger musicians.

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Whether child singers know what they are doing while singing different pitches or do they do it automatically? [closed]

Many young children sing perfectly. Do they know what changes they are doing in their body to sing a high pitch or low pitch? Whether they are doing those changes automatically without knowing what ...
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What instruments can a four-year-old with left-side paralysis begin to learn/hope to ever learn?

My four-year-old sister has tragically suffered left side paralysis from a brain injury. Because she's so young, her brain is remarkably plastic, and a lot of functionality has returned. She can walk, ...
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Teaching hard passages to a child

First off I'm no teacher neither have I studied music. I have played the oboe for 15 years now and play in multiple amateur orchestras. Now I have encountered situations where I'm asked to lead a ...
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Creating color coded playing instruction for xylophones

I want to create simple playing instructions for a child to be played on an eight-note xylophone where each tone has a unique color. The instructions should be color coded too. They should be ...
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What level of pitch interval perception is typically necessary for a child to be considered to have some aptitude for violin study?

I've been a multi-instrumentalist for most of my 40+ years, and with violin as my first instrument, I take for granted an acute sense of relative pitch. My seven-year-old daughter's school has ...
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Buying a dual purpose keyboard for learning kids + aspring eletronic music adults?

My 6 year old is interested in learning piano, so I'm looking to buy a keyboard for her. I'm also interested in picking back piano myself and trying my hand at electronic music. I have a computer ...
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What can I do to help my guitar student get off the ground faster?

About me: I'm an intermediate guitar player whose preferred style is extreme metal. I've never given lessons before. I only read tabs but I have a basic understanding of music theory. About the ...
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What is the name of these tubes, that emit sound when being swung?

The group "Walk off the earth" are performing a video cover of "Hello" using some colourful sound generators, that emit sound when being swung (e.g. in seconds 00:05 to 00:10): ...
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Guitar for child

My 6-year old has shown interest in playing guitar when I am playing mine. My guitar is way too big for her small hands. Are half-sized guitars useful for learning? Or should I think about something ...
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“It takes dedicated PARENTS to produce a good drummer” — Tell me more

Motivated by https://music.stackexchange.com/questions/38814/why-is-it-so-hard-to-find-a-good-drummer?noredirect=1#comment55597_38814, which had a comment that stated: It takes dedicated PARENTS to ...
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12yo driving me nuts with poorly done falsetto

My son is twelve and a half and enjoys singing along with pop songs that he listens to with headphones on an mp3 player. Some of it comes out as some awful squeaking, which I find intolerable! He ...
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Should very young bassists use a German bow?

I play bass with a German bow, and teach this to my students. Recently my school aquired a 1/8-size bass. Should I get a German bow for this one, or would it be too big? Should I rather use a French 1/...
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I'm tonedeaf. If I sing to my baby, will I damage his/her musical ear?

I'm amusical - I cannot discriminate between higher and lower pitch even when there is a large difference between them. I want my child to develop musical abilities. I know that an out-of-tune piano ...
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Making music digitally — where should children start?

Digital musical instruments: How could children play with and learn, alongside traditional instruments? And how do the ecosystems for making music in iOS, Android, and Windows tablet compare? ...
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Breathing technique for younger brass band players

I'm a conductor in a church brass band. Currently I train children to learn a brass instrument from 10-11 years old up. I plan to lower that age limit but starting to work with kids younger than 10 ...
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What is a normal singing range for children?

What is considered a normal singing range for children? That is, when choosing a key for a song for children to sing, what range should the melody fall within? Alternatively, what is an expected full ...
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Assess child's ability or interest in music and piano

I've played the piano a while ago (24 years to be exact!), then had to stop for a number of reasons. Now I'm 37. I want to start playing again, not just for myself, but to get my 5-year old daughter ...
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What qualities of a guitar should I seek for an 8 year old?

We are looking for a guitar for my son, and have seen cheap ones at Toys R Us, et al. He is just starting out, and we are trying to gauge his interest before spending too much. Would it be worth ...
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Choosing the appropriate flute for my preschooler

My preschooler has pretty good embouchure on a six hole plastic flute in the key of D; unfortunately, the distance from the mouth hole to the sixth finger hole is about 17.5 inches so the finger holes ...
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What is the best way to introduce my 4 year old to harmonica?

My 4-year-old son just got a standard 10 hole harmonica in C from his grandmother, and I would like to give him a good start that will encourage him to enjoy playing. I myself started out just like ...