How to learn to play an instrument in your own time
The next generation of Australian students are learning how to play the instrument they love, according to a new book.
Key points: The book includes advice for kids from all ages on learning to play a musical instrumentWhat the book calls for kids to be self-motivated and open to new experiencesHow the book is called “A New Way to Teach Musical Instruments”It aims to make learning to an instrument easier for kids in order to help them enjoy them more, with the goal of encouraging them to get involved in musical activities.
“For the next generation, learning to be a musician will be as easy as learning to cook,” book author Fiona O’Connor said.
“Kids are already learning to sing and play guitar and piano.
We are all about the music, but there is so much more to it.”
Dr O’Connor said the book was an attempt to help parents, teachers and other educators find a way to help their kids learn to the instrument, which has been traditionally played by adults.
“We’re hoping that by talking about music, we will encourage kids to explore the instrument in a fun, entertaining way and not just a strict academic exercise,” she said.’
It’s about having fun’Dr O’toncain said parents, like teachers, were interested in helping kids to learn how to learn and have fun.
“I’m sure there are parents out there who are just like ‘Oh I’d like to teach my kids to play this instrument, but I don’t know how’,” she said of teachers.
“It’s very much a question of trying to find a solution that works for them, which is why we’re really hoping that the book will help us in that regard.”‘
We’re all about making music’Dr Eunice Gaffney, from the School of Music, said music was about having a good time, not just having to perform.
“In a lot of ways it’s about being social, it’s a way of socialising with your friends and the family, it is about having good times and having fun,” she told RN Breakfast.
“But we are also interested in being able to play our instruments and being able as musicians to share those experiences and to make music with the people who are listening.”‘
I want to see the whole thing change’Dr Gaffneys said her first reaction to learning to read was “Oh my God”.
“It is a bit like learning to walk, it really is,” she explained.
“So that’s when I realised I wanted to see all of that go, so that it really changed to be more fun.”
Dr Gattney said the key to learning an instrument was being open to the experience of the instrument.
“Learning to read is a really good way to understand music, it makes us really feel like we can relate to the music and it helps us to understand our own feelings about music,” she added.’
We have a lot more music to explore’Dr John Jones from the National University of Singapore said music and learning were two very different things.
“If you are a musician, you want to explore it, you don’t want to just do a bunch of songs and get it memorised, you really want to experience it,” he said.
Dr Jones said children should always be given “space to discover” as much music as they want.
“This is about creating space to discover, to get new ideas, and then really explore and create new music,” he added.
“At the same time, music is not just for adults and is also a way for children to interact with each other.”‘
It is about experiencing the music’The book comes as the Australian government prepares to release a national curriculum for music, and music education in particular, which aims to “change the world and help children learn to live life as adults”.
Dr O’moncann said the aim of the book would be to help children understand the instrument so that they could have fun while still learning.
“When we’re not playing it, we can be more active with the instrument and it’s an incredibly good exercise in life and in learning, I think,” she says.
“The idea of this book is to really try and inspire the next group of kids to actually play the instruments they love.”