Raising musical kids

What a great find at my hometown public library! Raising Musical Kids by Patrick Kavanaugh. Servant Publications, 1995.

In the first chapter of his book, the late composer and educator answers the question, “Why should my children study music?” by listing certain advantages he sees as derivatives of a music education.

I look forward to sharing with you Kavanaugh’s thoughts on each of these valuable, transferable qualities one at a time.


“No matter how much inborn talent a child may have, no child is ready to perform a new piece without effort. It is this daily commitment to improve, to persevere, whereby music is able to teach a child the indispensable skill of triumphing over large, long-term problems by first dividing them into small sections and conquering them one by one.”

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