Another hot weekend + music

July 19, 2010 |  Category:   friends life

I guess this is the norm for July. The days have been hazy, lazy. With Mia off from camp and work being slow, it’s truly been a carefree summer. Mark had a really good day at the Brooklyn Flea on Saturday and we went to our friend Unha and Kenny’s house for a barbeque yesterday. It’s funny to hang out with friends you’ve known for awhile and look around at the gaggle of kids in the room. It’s like, “We made these”.

She looks like a natural, huh? We couldn’t tear her away from the kid-sized drum kit at their house. She was really into it. I don’t think the neighbors would appreciate all that noise coming from our apartment, but it did make me think that at some point the kids should get music lessons.

I started piano lessons when I was about 8 years old. I went over to my friends house every Saturday because we didn’t have a piano back then and we shared a teacher. We didn’t like him though and we always hid in her room with the door locked when we heard the doorbell. We didn’t like the way he wrapped his arms around us to reach the keyboard when he wanted to show us how to play something. It felt like we were being cornered, so when he came knocking on my friend’s door to announce his arrival, we made zipper sounds by rubbing our fingernails on our cords and shouted that we were still getting dressed. A year later my mom bought us our own piano and my brother and I took piano lessons with a new teacher all the way through high school. Half the time I found lessons to be annoying, but I’m glad that I pushed through them, considering I would eventually study music in college after art school.

I can’t tell what instruments the girls might be into. If your kid takes music lessons, how did you decide?

(p.s. btw, Mia hasn’t been wanting to be photographed lately which is why she hasn’t appeared too much. I see the seeds of adolescent self consciousness starting to creep in.)

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  • Chai Ling July 19, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I will keep to 2 choices – violin or piano and let my kid decides which what he/she prefers.

  • rebecca July 19, 2010 at 11:38 am

    my mom MADE me do piano. and i didn’t enjoy it. i also regret it because a piano/keyboard isn’t really portable. i wish i would have learned an instrument that i could store under the bed and play ANYTIME!

  • Annie July 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Your pictures are killing me. Beautiful.
    Uma decided she wanted to learn violin, she told everyone she was learning, so we decided to look into it.
    We decided on the susuki method and as part of the interview they put them in a room with all this instruments and they play them and then they are asked what they like best… She picked the violin.

    If you have the time i highly recommended susuki, (Brooklyn conservatory on 7th ave has it) I found my self learning and loving the violin in my 30s… but the time requirements are just to much.

    I think is best to show them their options and let them pick.
    Like you, my mom send me to piano lessons that i hated with all my gut, it was not my choice.

  • kat July 19, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    You rent instruments and let your kids decide! But I really believe piano is a good starting instrument because it touches on both clefs. If your kids don’t have a good ear, stay away from stringed instruments!!

  • Katrin July 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Here in Germany the music schools offer special programs for kids who have not yet chosen their instrument. They get to test another instrument each week and then decide. I bet there are similar programs in NY.
    And if your kids decide to play the drums: There are wonderful electronic drums in which you can plug in headphones. Your neighbors won’t even know it is there.

  • Nani July 19, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I really want Sae to play an instrument as well. I did when I was younger but never followed through and really regret that. Maybe Piano or Violin… ehhh maybe not the violin.. that would make my ears bleed.

  • Sid July 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    My husband is a musician (guitar, banjo, mandolin, etc.) and deeply regrets that he didn’t have piano lessons as a kid because it’s such a great basis for theory, etc. I figure, we’ll start our kids off with piano and then see where they (hopefully) want to go from there.

  • mickie July 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    i have been drooling over your site all day…
    wonderful! good job! ha ha 😉