At Home with Music

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“At Home with Music,” Ensign, Apr. 1999, 55

At Home with Music

Many music teachers and educators recognize the value of music study in the lives of young people. Students who begin studying music through movement and song at a young age create a strong foundation that seems to carry over into both physical and academic benefits as they grow up. Whether learning to play an instrument or listening to the works of great composers, those who include consistent music study in their schedule seem to perform better in other areas of life.

I have found the following ideas helpful in providing a musical background for children as they grow up:

  • Encourage the study of music.

  • Listen to music at home.

  • Use music in family home evening.

  • Invite people with musical talents to your home to perform for your family. Ask questions about their instruments or performance.

  • Participate in music programs offered by wards and stakes.

  • Support community orchestras, bands, or singing groups through participation or through donations of time or money.

  • Attend concerts, musical productions, or ballet performances as a family.—Paul Pollei, professor of piano studies at Brigham Young University and founder and director of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition

Illustrated by Beth M. Whittaker