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Primary school child writing music

Today any DAW can play notes as you type them, you can consider it as a late 20 century standard. Everyone uses it. I wouldn't be concerned about getting "dependent" on a single particular ...
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My child's violin practice is making us tired, what can we do?

The first thing to note is that learning to play a musical instrument should be a pleasure not a punishment. There is nothing to be gained and much to be lost by forcing her to play / practice. The ...
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My child's violin practice is making us tired, what can we do?

I can see that there are already several answers and one of them has got a lot of votes. So I come in a bit late, but I would like to pay attention to some aspects. Since your child is now 7 years old ...
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My child's violin practice is making us tired, what can we do?

My son is learning an instrument. So is my partner. I don't play the same instruments, but I have many years of experience as a musician and have done some informal teaching. So I can recognize every ...
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What can I do to help my guitar student get off the ground faster?

Some ideas which may help her play and practice: If she's not a larger than average ten-year-old, then I hope she has a smaller than normal guitar. If not, then a smaller size guitar may make it ...
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Should a right handed child hold a guitar left-handedly

Let the child hold the guitar like she wants. You may just have a child that is selectively ambidextrous. It happens. You get cricketers who bat left-handed and bowl right handed. It is not an issue. ...
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Primary school child writing music

Being so young, any interest that he is showing is a good thing. It should be encouraged. Do encourage him though to 'try things out' on his violin where practicable, or even get someone (if you can)...
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What instruments can a four-year-old with left-side paralysis begin to learn/hope to ever learn?

All of the above. And if none work out, there's always the voice. I wouldn't say that a great singer is less musical, and less musically valuable, than any instrumentalist.
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My child's violin practice is making us tired, what can we do?

There is amazing advice here so I'll keep this very short. I've played all my life. Her frustration should elicit only one thing from you, sympathy that it's tough and encouragement to continue. For ...
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Should a right handed child hold a guitar left-handedly

Left-handed guitar is certainly a thing. If this is her preference, go with it. It’s far more important that she is enthusiastic about playing. Remove obstacles, don’t create them. Yes, of course she ...
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Teaching guitar to a 6yr old

I think with younger children (below 13 or 14ish) it's important to keep clear and simple goals and discuss the goals openly with the student. Good small goals appropriate for a lesson are IMO things ...
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My child's violin practice is making us tired, what can we do?

Perhaps her teacher can provide the essential information you need. It appears that so far, you are not aware of what factors your daughter needs to be able to learn. There are many factors to ...
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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?

My experience as a teacher of violin is that the ability to recognize pitch differences is not important when considering one's aptitude for playing violin. Training the ear is as much a skill as ...
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What is the name of these tubes, that emit sound when being swung?

It is a whirly tube, corrugaphone, lasso d'amore or bloogle resonator. To be honest, I was not expecting my search for "whirly music tube" to come straight back like that :o) If you Google "buy ...
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Primary school child writing music

I started composing music about that same age (8), and immediately gravitated to the computer tools available at that time (mid 80s) because of the relative ease of using them versus hand-notation. It ...
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Guitar for child

I think it is wonderful that your child is showing an interest in playing an instrument and making music. You should certainly encourage that desire in any way possible. There are many very good ...
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"It takes dedicated PARENTS to produce a good drummer" -- Tell me more

Hearing (or even listening to !) a rookie drummer practising is not easy. From a parent's point of view there has to be dedication to put up with the noise. Provision of a suitable place to practise, ...
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How young could a child start learning an instrument?

here are some things you can do with a child of any age that doesn't even require and instrument. Sing to the child make up call and response "songs" (for a slightly older child) clap along to music (...
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My young child shows great interest in music. How should I help him develop his skills?

Is your husband's name Leopold by any chance? Joking aside, I would have a look at Alma Deutscher and the approach her parents took regarding her musical education. The girl followed an interesting ...
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What instruments can a four-year-old with left-side paralysis begin to learn/hope to ever learn?

In the long run, brass instruments require only one hand, for the most part. There are also several manufacturers who make one-handed versions of woodwind instruments, though these are quite expensive....
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Creating color coded playing instruction for xylophones

If you've got a copy of Sibelius (I know that's a big if), there's an inbuilt function to colour pitches. In Sibelius 8, it's under Note Input > Plugins > Color Pitches. In older versions, it'll be in ...
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What can I do to help my guitar student get off the ground faster?

In terms getting the notes to ring, I hope she is using an electric guitar that is an appropriate size for her. In terms of playing in time, I hope she is playing with a drum track, not a metronome....
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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 can't really talk much about any formal guidelines or so, because I don't have much experience regarding those, nevermind that they can be very different depending where you are. Personally, ...
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What is a normal singing range for children?

I am a preschool teacher with a love for music and I assume that each normal hearing child can learn to sing. Regarding maths, you won't kick off by teaching a 3 year old multiplication and division. ...
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Guitar for child

I would go ukulele first, personally. A friend of mine who is a music teacher of primary school children (same age as your daughter) has bought ukuleles for her whole class and swears by them; they ...
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What instruments can a four-year-old with left-side paralysis begin to learn/hope to ever learn?

TRDR: Singing, from personal experience. Since birth, my right side has been paralyzed, though not as badly as your sister. I have had singing lessons for years, and I still find them very enjoyable. ...
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Teaching guitar to a 6yr old

I expect that eventually he'll want to take lessons from a real teacher, but I can recommend some things you might be able to show him that will help him be able to play lots of simple songs quite ...
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My young child shows great interest in music. How should I help him develop his skills?

If a child is born to parents, one speaking French, the other English, hopefully there is the opportunity for that child to use both from the start. Shouldn't be that one is neglected in favour of the ...
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My child's violin practice is making us tired, what can we do?

You have two very distinct questions: you are fed up with her playing: as a parent of two children I completely understand, we went through similar suffering. Make her play in the basement, the ...
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