The Young Musician's Survival Guide: Tips from Teens and Pros

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Overview


Learning to play a musical instrument can be fun, but also quite a burden at times. Young people not only have to find time to practice in the midst of their super-busy schedules. They also have to deal with such tricky problems as taming performance jitters, handling pesky peers, mastering challenging pieces, preparing for rigorous competitions, and dealing with demanding conductors.
This lively, highly accessible book will help young people with some of the difficulties involved in learning a new instrument. It is filled with practical tips from more experienced teens and from well-known professional musicians. Numerous studies have demonstrated that children relate much better to advice from an age group closer to their own. That is why 150 teens from renowned musical programs, such as the Juilliard School's Pre-College Program and Boston University's Tanglewood Institute--offer pointers on coping with the various problems they encountered at an earlier age. Both youngsters and adults will also benefit from the practical advice given by nineteen professional musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Paula Robison, James Galway, Andre Watts, Joshua Bell, and Evelyn Glennie. They tell us how they tackled these same problems when they were kids, and how they handle them today.
An extensive resource guide at the end of the book, complete with web address listings, both directs readers to sources of additional help and helps them in their exploration of the world of music. If you are the parent of a child with musical ability, or if your son or daughter is trying to master a musical instrument, this book is the kind of gift that will save a lot of headaches for both you and your youngsters.

Offers advice on the challenges involved in learning to play a musical instrument, including tips from teenage musicians and professional musicians about practicing, performing, and buying equipment.

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As the author describes it, this is a book we all wish we had as children. A firm believer that music education needs to be fun and exciting, she compiled a book filled with useful and practical advice for young musicians. She provides tips on how to make the best out of practice time, how to handle pressure and competitiveness in performance, and much more. Interesting stories and profiles of professionals musicians add a lot to this book. 2000, Oxford University Press, $9.95. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Topics ranging from the technical to practice tips, from dealing with difficult teachers, conductors, or peers to balancing music with other aspects of life are discussed in this thorough work. Nathan combines advice from teenagers with that of well-known professionals as she focuses on concerns that are common to most musicians. Pointers are given on how to make practicing less boring, how to select or change a teacher, and how to hunt for a good instrument. Through the carefully organized chapters, young performers will discover that the frustrations and fears they experience are not unique. Numerous black-and-white photos of varying size and quality depict artists of disparate ages and degrees of renown. The guide is geared to those who dream of a professional future in the field as well as to those for whom music will remain a hobby. There is an encouraging but honest tone throughout.-Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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"A book filled with practical advice about how to find time to practice, how to calm down before playing in public, and how to handle that chatterbox who sits behind you at rehearsal."--The New York Times

"From choosing an instrument to practicing regularly to learning the rules of ensemble etiquette, this guide is packed with useful suggestions and enthusiasm for music."--Publishers Weekly

"Nathan provides advice for teen musicians on topics such as choosing an instrument, finding time to practice, handling performance jitters, and dealing with others in the band or orchestra.... A unique and potentially useful resource for young musicians looking for help."--Booklist

"Thorough work. Nathan combines advice from teenagers with that of well-known professionals.... Through the carefully organized chapters, young performers will discover that the frustrations and fears they experience are not unique.... There is an encouraging but honest tone throughout."--School Library Journal

"A unique resource for the young instrumentalist. It speaks in a language that will appeal to its target audience without ever talking down. Parents can also learn a great deal about how to help their children understand the intricacies and wonders of the practical musician's art."--Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, National Symphony Orchestra

"Author Amy Nathan has compiled an accessible guidebook to help young people with some of the problems involved in learning a new instrument and sticking with it when things seem tough."--Richmond Parents Monthly

"Teens ... will appreciate this practical and candid book. Reading the book is like sitting down for a heart-to-heart with a caring music teacher.... Recommended."--The Book Report

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195367386
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Nathan is the author of several books for children, including The Kids' Allowance Book and Surviving Homework. She is the mother of two budding teen musicians and has recently started taking piano lessons.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1. Tune In
2. Picking and Switching
3. The Time Squeeze
4. Boring-Practice Blues
5. Woodshedding Basics
6. The Jitters
7. The Peer Scene
8. Teacher Talk
9. Gear Up
10. Play On
Glossary
Resource Guide
About the Troupe of Advisors
Index

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