Musical ability and family influence
December 10, 2013 4:55 PM Subscribe
Musicians, how did your parents' attitudes affect your musical development?
posted by mermily to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (35 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Essentially, I was thinking about how I might want to raise my children in terms of introducing music early on. I am a musician and learned my instrument when I was about 10. My parents were always very hands-off about it, which I consider a big piece of what motivated me to take music on as something that I felt was my own. My dad was a musician and I was exposed to music throughout my childhood but my parents never really cared too much whether I practiced or not which I think made me care more. I feel eager about sharing music with my future children and was just thinking about how I would want to approach this. I thought it would be interesting to hear others' perspectives on how their families shaped their musical development, or put them off it. So I thought I'd ask:
1. Are you a musician? Did you learn as a child?
2. Did your parents force you to practice? Did you feel pressured to do it? What was your disposition towards music as a child? (Did you want to do it or is it something your parents wanted for you? Did you like it or resent it?)
3. Did you learn your instrument at an early age? What effect do you think that had? Are you glad you learned it at the age you did?
4. Do you still play?
5. When you came to a love of music/your instrument, what do you think it was that hooked you?
Okay, that's all :-) Was curious about this.