The Young Musician's Survival Guide: Tips from Teens and Pros / Edition 2

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Learning to play an instrument can be fun and, at times, frustrating. This lively, accessible book helps young people cope with the difficulties involved in learning a new instrument and remaining dedicated to playing and practicing. Teens from renowned music programs - including the Juilliard School's Pre-College Program and Boston University's Tanglewood Institute - join pro musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Paula Robison, and James Galway in offering practical answers to questions from what instrument to play to where the musical road may lead.

In this revised and expanded edition, Amy Nathan has updated the book to address today's more technologically-minded young musician. Expanded sections cover the various ways students can use technology to assist in mastering an instrument and in making practice time more productive, from using the Internet to download pieces to be learned and playing along with downloaded tunes to practicing with computer-based practice programs, CDs, and videos/DVDs of musical performances. She also addresses concerns of young composers and conductors, two groups not mentioned in the original edition. The book's updated Resource Guide suggests where to get additional help, both online and off.

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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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
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.|
From the Publisher

"How do young people cope with the demands of a life in music? For thoughts on this, Amy Nathan has turned to a variety of helpful sources. This revised and expanded edition adds new sections on the ways in which technology can assist in the process of mastering an instrument; it also addresses the special concerns of young composers and conductors."-- Teaching Music

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195367393
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/24/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Nathan is the award-winning author of several books for young people, including Meet the Musicians, Meet the Dancers, Count on Us, and Yankee Doodle Gals. A Harvard graduate with master's degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Columbia Teacher's College, she is an ever-struggling piano student and has two musical sons: one a composer and a trumpter, the other a saxophone-playing government major.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Tune In 3

Ch. 2 Picking and Switching 11

Ch. 3 The Time Squeeze 21

Ch. 4 Boring-Practice Blues 35

Ch. 5 Woodshedding Basics 51

Ch. 6 The Jitters 71

Ch. 7 The Peer Scene 91

Ch. 8 Teacher Talk 107

Ch. 9 Gear Up 123

Ch. 10 Play On 145

Glossary 159

Resource Guide 161

About the Troupe of Advisors 167

Index 177

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