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Is it beneficial to engage the child in music education?

Do you think it is advantageous for a child with visual impairment to engage in music appreciation or learning?

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Re: Is it beneficial to engage the child in music education?

This particular area of the message boards seems to be a bit low-traffic... :(

I think that it would be great to encourage this.

I am a legally blind single father of two sighted children. both of my children seem to show interest in music, and so I want to encourage this as much as I am able to.

When I was a child, the first instrument I began to learn was the violin. As I entered into middle school, I found that the trombone was "my" instrument. I participated in concert band, and then as I entered high school, I participated in concert band, pep band, and marching band. It was hard work as I memorized much of the sheet music for the songs which we played, but, looking back, I am thankful for all of the hard work and for the experiences.

I will never forget when, after playing on the sidelines for two years in marching band, a new music instructor came into the school, looked at me, and said, "You are going to march on the field this year. No more playing on the sidelines."

I also tinkered with some music "software" back then. I fought with a lot of depression, and doing this helped me ot get thorugh some difficult times.

Music, writing, and other forms of art allow children (and we adults) to express ourselves in ways in which we could not necessarily otherwise do so. Talk with your child about this, though, without applying pressure. Get a sense of how the child feels about the new endeavor, and do your best to alleviate any anxiety and concern which the child may have concerning music. Support and encouragement go a very long way.

I hope that I have been of some help to you, and I hope that my response is relevant to your question.

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