Raising Musical Kids A Guide for Parents (softback) by Robert A. Cutietta
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From the publisher:
Does music make kids smarter?
At what age should a child begin music lessons?
Where should you purchase an instrument?
What should parents expect from a child's teachers and lessons?
Raising Musical Kids answers these and many other questions as it covers everything from assembling a listening library for kids, to matching a child's personality with an instrument's personality, to finding musical resources in your community. Knowing that children can--and usually do--get most of their music education within the public school system, the author explores at length the features and benefits of elementary and secondary school programs, and shows how parents can make the schools work for them and their children. Throughout, Cutietta emphasizes the joy of participating in music for its own sake. Raising Musical Kids is a book that parents everywhere will treasure as a complete road map for developing their child's musical abilities.
"Cutietta's book will be one that parents refer to again and again. An authoritative addition for parenting collections."--Library Journal (starred review)
"Conveys excellent guidelines and support for parents of musical children. It also offers thought to parents who are uncertain of their child's ability or serious musical interest, as well as giving insight into the child who is sensitive and creative."
Sara McFerrin, Professor Emeritus at Fullerton College and mother of Bobby McFerrin
"Cutietta writes as if he were having a conversation with some parents. He avoids jargon and makes concepts easy to understand.... Parents are in constant search for answers to their questions about music learning for their children. This type of book has been needed for a long time."
Janet Montgomery, Associate Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder
256 pages; 38 line illus, music examples; 6-1/8 x 9-1/4;
About the Author(s)
Robert Cutietta is Dean of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. For years a teacher in the public schools, Cutietta is both a choral director and an electric bass player.