Why Do Kids Hate Music Lessons?

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Bob Rafelson’s 1970 film Five Easy Pieces shows us how Bobby Dupea turned away from a promising career as a concert pianist to live life as an itinerant labourer. This is reflective of the experience of many children who take music lessons, where the emphasis on technical proficiency and memorization often leave little room for improvisation and imagination. Shinichi Suzuki’s method, which is now taught to 250,000 students in 74 countries, emphasises practice over anything else, beginning with “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and ending with Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 4 in D Major. Read full article here

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