Artsy kids....

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Artsy kids....
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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 1:34pm

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Wed, 11-30-2011 - 11:46am

My youngest really enjoyed a small keyboard, with smaller than normal keys and lots of special effects and some preloaded tunes. She liked to play around with the special effects and change the speeds on the preloaded tunes, making one in particular (a sort of fiddle tune) go faster and faster as it went along.

For later, if the small muscle control issues persist, I'd think a keyed instrument might be a good choice. Some instruments don't require a lot of dexterity, like the French horn (usually not played at lightning speed) but are plenty challenging even so. Harmonicas are inexpensive and sufficiently noisy. I gave my kids recorders when they were very young, but it was years before they were viewed as fun to play. And there could be percussion in his future. I wouldn't really rule out anything...about half of my violin students seem to have more physical aptitude for violin than I do, but I've learned to play at a good amateur level all the same.

Deborah

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Wed, 11-30-2011 - 10:18am
Well, both my kids were singing full songs with acoustic accompianment by 3 with the family. By 3, they were also taking occasional theatre classes that often involved learning songs in a group setting (no real vocal training... just memorizing songs with piano accompianment and singing them in a group setting with a little movement.) My DD started violin at 5. DS has fine motor issues and piano at 6. He just added trumpet in September at age10. DD didn't have formal vocal lessons until age 12. DS still has not had formal vocal training but they both sing a great deal in theatre, with family and with various choral groups.

No quality voice teacher will touch him for private lessons for many years. However, a group music class where they may learn some choral or musical songs can be nice. DD just finished aiding a "Pixar" sing-a-long class at her youth theatre for 3 to 5 year-olds.... lots of really bright kids who just loved to sing. Personally, I wait for the kids to ask before putting them in formal instrument lessons but music is in the family so we have tons of instruments and they get played often. It was all sort of training before they got to "training."
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Wed, 11-30-2011 - 8:20am

For those with musicians--at what age did your child start playing?

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Sun, 11-27-2011 - 7:48pm

DS 13 only participates in the arts if Lego counts as an art form!

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Sun, 11-20-2011 - 5:33pm

my 4 GT boys are 100% into math, science & technology...

my 5th child, DD1, draws & writes a ton...she goes through 30 or 40 pieces of paper a day, on average...I'm guessing she's going to be artsy!

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Sun, 10-23-2011 - 10:09am

My 13-year-old son has been taking piano lessons for years and is currently learning the song 100 Years.

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Fri, 10-21-2011 - 4:10am
@turtletime: Maybe it's younger sibling syndrome? I know my younger brother downplayed his own enthusiams to avoid looking like he wanted to compete with me or step in my shoes when we were kids...maybe that's not so unusual? I know that after reading about all the activities your DS is involved in, it sure sounds to me like he's artsy!
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Wed, 10-19-2011 - 12:07pm

DD14 has put aside everything else in pursuit of theatre but has been broadening her exploration which I feel is healthy. She attends the performing and creative arts magnet as a musical theatre major. She accepted an executive position on the student board of a major regional theatre this year (she was just a regular member last year.) It affords more internship style opportunities in the production and business end of theatre. She took a paying job as a teacher's aide at her large youth theatre and a volunteer job as assistant director for our small district theatre program. She's still getting called in for professional auditions but there were only 2 roles for actual teen girls this season and both went to adults who can play young. Still, there is plenty to do. She's currently rehearsing a drama with a community theatre and a musical through school. She's creating her own directing opportunities and trying to move her little Shakespeare company into a bigger venue where more than just family can see it. I know she's been working on writing a play but she's not sharing that yet. Violin study has completely stopped but she does pull it out to play fiddle tunes with her grandparents once in awhile.

DS 10 is involved in the arts because he likes the kids who are there. He continues with piano but progress sort of saunters along but I have noticed a sharp increase in practicing the last couple months. He started the trumpet at school which I swear is purely social. He just wanted to be in band.... I think he could really care less about the actual trumpet (it was an instrument we already owned.) Theatre is sort of the same. He is naturally talented and was very successful on the professional circuit last last year and earlier this year but he told me this summer that he really just wants to do youth theatre with his friends. Sounds good to me. He just closed a musical that was the "most fun ever" and he's looking forward to auditioning for another next month. I don't know if he's really "artsy" in that I don't see a true passion in him for it. He just likes the people involved, it's something he's good at and gives him a lot of positive attention.

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Wed, 10-19-2011 - 3:13am

DD 13 plays violin and takes her music very seriously.

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 11:35pm

dd17 has a strong double gift: music and art. She spends most of her time drawing (both the old fashioned way and the "digital way") and exploring art. She's interested in writing graphic novels and has an idea she's in love with, but tells me she won't start until her drawing skills are more advanced. To this end she's explored "dual enrolling" in one or more courses at a nearby college, starting next semester. The art department chairman (who suggested this) is not sure how it works for homeschoolers, and we're not sure how it fits in the budget, etc. (because ds20 is a college student also)...but that's what we're thinking about now. She already plays in the mariachi ensemble (violin) and jazz ensemble (saxophone) and takes piano lessons there.

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