Children are built to make music, which is something parents notice and want to capitalize on. That’s great. But a good music lesson for an eight-year-old is not necessarily what’s good for a preschooler.
Education is a common good. I take that to mean that when one child flourishes the whole world gets a little better. And maybe Music Tree can be a tiny part of that.
One of the nice things about being in music education for a long time is getting to see students go from not knowing where middle C is to playing a Mussorgsky piece so well it leaves you breathless. In every case, young or old, there is a stick-to-itiveness I admire.
As another year turns from old to new, I am thankful once again for all the Musical Beginnings and Music Tree families with whom I am so fortunate to spend my days. Even after all these years, teaching is still my favorite thing to do.
I applaud parents who put their children in lessons to see what happens. It’s a commitment of time and effort and money for an uncertain result.