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My child already recognizes what triggers his interest. I can watch him and see it almost immediately. That information allows me to decide the best way I can be supportive of his development in those interests. It is my opinion that children learn about as much from playing with their instrument as toys as they do from formal instruction, and the ...


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I think the most useful musical skill you could cultivate in a 4-year old would be perfect pitch. Google "Dylan Beato" for some jaw-dropping videos. I'd suggest trying to contact Rick Beato or Suzie Collier (Jacob's mum) or Aimee Nolte and asking them how they approached musical exposure for their youngsters.


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I worked in a band instrument sales, rental, and repair shop for ten years, and the advice that we gave folks is: unless you think your kid is truly a savant, start piano at 8 at the earliest and second instrument (wind, strings, etc.) at 10. It's not just aptitude that you have to think about: they should be taking lessons, and lessons are usually, at a ...


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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 other. Those that I know don't have problems. So why not get a small violin, and use that piano. Sounds like a lot of things come easy, and boredom is never ...


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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 path, with excellent teachers to guide her, and is now (at 15) a world-class composer and (not unimportantly) a stellar improviser. ...


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Would you choose violin or piano? At 4 years old violin makes a lot more sense just because of the size. Kids that young have been learning violin for centuries with the result that violins are made in a number of smaller sizes to suit smaller people. Consequently it is much easier to learn good technique on the violin than the piano when you are that young/...


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