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  1. My oldest son is really enjoying his piano lessons, and is doing very well in them. Clearly, the music gene that skipped me found its way to him. (Well, his dad is far more musical than I am, so he may just be getting it from that side!) The thing is, I kind of "lucked" into his lessons, when I learned through the grapevine that a piano teacher was willing to give lessons at the church next door to us, and the way he's really taken off with his lessons have surprised me and convinced me that music education (or at least a trial) may be worth it for the rest of my sons. My main problem is that my second son is a lefty, which he gets from both his grandfathers. My current plans are to use the child's guitar I picked up at a yard sale long ago and got properly restringed, and have the wife of the pastor of the next door church teach him some lessons for that. He's only three and a half now, so it's not like this an urgent issue; I'd probably be interested in him starting music lessons in another three years or so. So, in general, what would you recommend as a good instrument for a lefty? (The only posts I've easily been able to find on these boards regarding this subject have been about finding left-handed violins, so I'm assuming those are pretty hard to get and therefore definitely not a good choice.) And, since we live about a million miles away from anywhere that would make personal music lessons easy, could anyone recommend a curriculum to help teach it at home? I would be willing to make the drive ("That's quite a commute!" per Hobbes) to the nearest city if he showed an aptitude for whatever instrument he's learning, but I'd like to make sure it will be worth the time, energy, and money first. (After all, he may turn out as unmusical as I.) Or, if it's a fairly common instrument, we may be able to find someone local to teach it. (My husband played sax for years in school band--I think bari sax, actually, though I may be misremembering and it may be tenor--and a little trumpet, for instance, so he may be able to muscle through some lessons in woodwind or brass given a really good curriculum to help him out.) Of course, we may move in the next three years, or have somebody open a Yamaha school two miles away, or something, so who knows how relevant an issue this may end up being. Anybody have any ideas? Recommendations? Practical tips?
  2. For parents who are looking for music theory/ear training aid for your children's music learning, I have been using this software for myself, my husband(semi-professional bass player), and my 7-yr-old daughter for a while. The ear training software is called Auralia$99. The theory one is called Musition$99. We bought the combo deal($159 before the educator's discount). It basically takes the student from zero musical training to AP music theory level. For this great amount of content, I thought the price is OK. I had one student learned to tune her cello on her own after practicing ear training with Auralia for a year when she was 9. My 7yr-old LOVEs learning her piano(traditional method) and cello(Suzuki) ONLY by ear. She can play all her Suzuki book 1 songs but is still reluctant to READ MUSIC for her piano assignments(I still record them on my i phone to help her). So I had to make her practice note reading on Musition and it has helped her tremendously, not merely reading drills but through understanding the contour and relating graphic to audial. The intonation/pitch/rhythm dictation exercise really helps her In Japan or Taiwan most children take piano before they take a mono-melodic instrument. Here I have noticed the restraint from progressing among my students, due to their limit of music theory understanding and rhythm/pitch training. This year I am making all my cello private students getting one to practice at home. BTW, I am not affiliated with this company at all. I just thought to share this info for those of you want to help your children(or yourself, since it's a lot of fun) grasp music/instrument learning. Have fun, Shu-Yi, cellist Euna, 7&3/4, Chinese bilingual/cello/piano/art/SL1-2/Miquon-Saxon-Singapore Lydie, 2&5mos, Chinese phonic symbols/numbers/Muzzy French 1
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