Musicians teaching their kids. To push down that road or not? #career #music #lifebalance #happiness
I often wonder if I am giving enough of myself to my kids. Sure, I am a loving and caring Dad, but as a musician do I have an obligation to pass on my craft? We started our kids in piano lessons and have had varying degrees of success, but I have not really dug down and really tried to motivate my kids in music. Is it enough to lead by example, practicing, gigging and such? I am a trombonist by trade and shoot, my son is in fourth grade and I have not really pushed him towards any sort of wind instrument. Maybe that is a blessing, as music shouldn't be something that you have to do, but something you want to do. I am torn, as I am proud that I have not pushed my kids in the direction I want them to go, but maybe a little encouragement in the areas that I am skilled would be helpful. Well, that is parenting for you. Learn as you go. Well, to end this blurb, I will say that I will start giving my son and daughters more opportunities to try different instruments and see where their interest takes them.
Dr. Michael Kearns
Musician, educator, husband, father, web designer ... my life is like a mosaic with each piece vying for my attention.