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Does your child want to start learning a musical instrument, in particular the clarinet or saxophone? As a parent, you play an important role in your child's musical development. By following the advice in this guide, you can create an environment conducive to learning music, choose the right equipment, and support your child's progress.
01 - Encouraging a passion for music:
Support their interest
Encourage your child to discover music and to discuss their musical preferences.
Attending concerts, shows, jam sessions, and taking part in introductory courses at music schools can inspire your child's enthusiasm.
Talk about music
If you're a music lover or musician yourself, be sure to make records available to them, even if the format may seem outdated (vinyl, cassettes, CDs). A subscription to an online music service can also be useful. Even if most older works can be found online, physical formats often open up a world beyond the music itself, for example through original visual content such as sleeves, booklets, or stickers. This can help develop your child's imagination around a specific artist, band or musical period. These formats provide much more than a simple listening experience. They encompass a whole artistic world with the ability to fascinate and amaze.
Talk to your child about the musicians you like (without necessarily going into too much detail for now). Tell them about major musical trends and give them a few names of tracks to listen to that will help them build their musical knowledge.
02 - Choosing the right instrument and equipment:
Rent or buy
If your child is just starting out, consider renting a good-quality instrument before deciding to buy.
Select the right instrument
Consult your music teacher for advice on the size and type of instrument best suited to your level.
If your child opts for a clarinet or saxophone, make sure they have reeds, a mouthpiece, a ligature, a swab, a carrying case, and any other equipment needed to maintain and protect the instrument. As far as reeds are concerned, their teacher will initially recommend a brand, a model and a strength (often low at first). You can also enquire at a music store.
03 - Finding a music teacher:
Look for references
Ask for recommendations from local music schools, or from friends and colleagues whose children play music. You can also consult the internet, social networks, and online forums.
The importance of a positive relationship
Find a teacher who is enthusiastic, patient, and able to adapt their lessons to your child's needs.
04 - Establishing a practice routine:
Set a regular schedule
Help your child find a window during the day to practice, ideally at the same time each day.
Remind your child that regular practice is essential to make progress.
05 - Supporting their progress:
Encourage your child to take part in student concerts or recitals to develop their confidence and performance experience.
Encouragez-le dans les progrès réalisés
Acknowledging their efforts and achievements will boost their motivation and commitment.