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Music Beginners Guide: Everything Music Students and Parents Need to Know Paperback – January 27, 2014
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"Music Beginners Guide is well-written and a good resource for anyone to begin his or her journey to learn about music in a foundational manner. The book is a valuable resource for music educators to recommend for reading by parents of young musicians, beginning musicians of all ages, or anyone with an interest in learning more about music." - Music Educators Journal, publication of the National Association for Music Educators
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While I learned a bit of piano as a child and sang in choir in high school, I knew nothing about other band or orchestra instruments until now. I'm sorry to say my children never had those options either. (I stuck with what I knew and had them all learn piano.) With this book, I now have more options as I have a better understanding of other instruments, and I will certainly recommend it to other parents in my homeschooling groups, as well. Since each of your children is likely to have a different learning style and a desire to choose a different instrument, you are likely to be reaching for this book more than once!
Ms. Moyer, who has studied no less than 10 instruments herself, is an articulate advocate for the study of music. From deciding on an instrument, choosing a music teacher and strategies for effective practice, to dealing with performance anxiety and considering music as a career, every detail of studying music is included in this comprehensive text. Music students of all ages and in every stage of study will find something of interest and relevance here.
The most exceptional feature of this book lies in the gently probing questions it asks, which enlighten and guide readers to deeper understanding of and insight to their musical goals. Ms. Moyer brings her experience and skill as a talent developer and coach to this book, making it more than just a how-to manual - it is a little instruction book on achieving musical success. As someone who has maintained a private music studio for over 30 years, I can recommend Music Beginners Guide as a helpful and thorough text for music students of all ages and levels of study, and I look forward to sharing it with my own students.
What I especially thought valuable as a parent, who also happens to be an amateur musician, was the author's detailed sections on how to listen to music, the best techniques for practicing and how to select the right music teacher for your child.
All in all, this is a concise and easy to read book that is filled with important information for both parents and students.
Loved learning more myself about the many instruments that are available today. As a student this book would have encouraged me to not give up when frustrated. It give wonderful pointers to new or seasoned musicians.
I highly recommend it to everyone who has a child interested in playing an instrument or developing their voice. The student can learn much as well by picking up a copy.
Thank you Ms. Moyer for your book!