The Music Parents' Survival Guide: A Parent-to-Parent Conversation 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews


"Where can the dedicated, but slightly frantic, music parent turn for advice? Enter Amy Nathan, a writer and music parent who wants to help...Harried parents will find plenty of insight here." -Megan Westberg, Strings Magazine

"An important read for every family engaged in music studies: a delightful collection of ideas and moving accounts from loving, dedicated parents." --Aaron P. Dworkin, Founder and President, The Sphinx Organization

"I'm thrilled that Amy Nathan has provided such an encyclopedic guide. Now I can refer the parents who ask me about starting their kids in music to this thoughtful, balanced conversation among so many parents who have been there." --Theodore Wiprud, Vice President of Education, the Sue B. Mercy Chair, New York Philharmonic

"[A]n engaging read and will be of benefit to current and future music parents... a great source of information for teachers." -- The Instrumentalist

"...shares the experiences, reflections, warnings, and helpful suggestions of more than 150 verteran music parents." -- Radcliffe Magazine

". . . any music parent will find stories and advice that will resonate with them in this book. The sidebars and stories from professional musicians were particularly delightful . . . could also be considered essential reading for any music teacher. . . So whether you are a music parent (struggling or otherwise) or an educator who has found oneself counseling a frustrated music parent, this book is worthy of a place on your bookshelf!" --American Music Teacher

"A concise, positive, practical and highly recommended source of advice and solace for anyone guiding a young musician's life." --Kirkus

"Help! How much should you push your child to practice? Is the teacher who seemed right last year still the best choice? When should you invest in a good instrument? Parents of young musicians are hungry for answers, and Amy Nathan provides some in The Music Parents' Survival Guide: A Parent-to-Parent Conversation (Oxford University Press). Nathan drew on the experiences of 265 parents and educators for this book of advice, emotional support, and important reminders of why the pursuit of music is worth the sacrifice." -- Philadelphia Inquirer

"If you are the parent of a music student, you might want to check out a new book from Amy Nathan called IMusic Parents Survival Guide. It is full of advice and info to help you navigate the many steps your child will take between first lessons and heading off to college and beyond. The book includes interviews with lots of professional musicians, educational leaders, and admissions experts from top music schools, including Dr. Matthew Ardizzone, Eastman's Associate Dean of Admissions. Definitely worth a read!" --Eastman School of Music

"Nathan decided to write The Music Parents Survival Guide after hearing from a woman who wished there was such a guide to help her with her children studying music. Nathan could relate; when she raised her two musically inclined sons, she and her husband struggled for several years to fine-tune their music education. 'I certainly could have used this book's guidance,' she says." --Peabody Magazine

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Amy Nathan is an award-winning author whose previous books include The Young Musician's Survival Guide, Meet the Musicians, Yankee Doodle Gals, and Round and Round Together. A Harvard graduate with master's degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Columbia's Teachers College, she is the mother of two musical sons: one a composer, the other a saxophone-playing political scientist.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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