To me, the important issue is to have children gain some worthy life skills along with an appreciation for the art of music as they study an instrument. If, in a few years, you can look back and say that the band experience was worthwhile, then we will be able to survive the bumps in the road along the way.
Fred Koch lives in Lake Bluff with his wife and son and is an award-winning music educator, children’s musician and producer. His Web site, www.BestChildrensMusic.com, helps parents, teachers and librarians select quality children’s music. The Web site also includes an archive of all Koch’s past reviews published in Chicago Parent. Please e-mail notes, questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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