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As an adult, I've heard so many of my friends remark that they wish they'd learnt to play a musical instrument as a child. Do you think that all kids should learn to play a musical instrument so that there are no regrets in later life?


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It is a good idea. It definitely gives them some appreciation of music at a young age. I learnt to sing and play the guitar as a youngster. There is no need to send them to a performing arts school, unless you really want to.
I would like my children to learn an instrument, but only if they want to as well. Music lessons are expensive, and to add that on the kids' activities on top of swimming and sports lessons can take a toll on parents' budget.
It's good for them to have the opportunity but I don't think I would force my kids if they really don't want to. I would also rather they get to choose which instrument they want to learn.

Re. regrets, if you want to learn a musical instrument later in life you can learn one then.
When I was at school we were forced to take recorder lessons. I hated it so much that it put me off ever learning an instrument. I think children should be asked if they want to learn how to play an instrument, and also asked which type they would like to learn, so that they feel they have a choice in the matter.

One should also recognise the difference between a child saying they do not want to continue because they might be tired or having difficult with a hard part, or whether they really are just not enjoying the process overall.
I do not believe any child should have to learn.
If the child shows some skill, and likes the idea...then by all means, of course.
Children can be encouraged, but if it was something a parent would say had to happen(lessons and the like)Then no.

No child should be doing something like music, and they become unhappy.
Ideally - yes. It is important to appreciate the talent of musicians and for children to be able to create their own music is an achievement in itself.
I think that kids that grow up around a musical mum or dad will want to learn as when young your parents are your inspiration an you would want to do what they can do .. But forcing it could go either way
Yes they should, I learned to play the recorder and the piano as a child. Now I am a musician and a music teacher. I've taught many adults that had wished they had either learned an instrument or continued learning an instrument as a child.
In Grade V, my daughter HAD to learn to play a musical instrument. I did NOT agree with this, even when she was 'booked in' to this particular Private Girls' School. She chose violin. It was only for that year. She hated it, but wasn't too bad a player, even so. She 'applied' herself!

I was a different story.
My Mother played the Piano beautifully. She was a School Teacher, back in the day, & also taught piano. Both my sister, & cousin learned as well.
So, of course, I was 'expected' to follow the 'family tradition'! Yeah, right!
Started piano lessons as a 7yo. After third lesson, teacher asked to speak to my Mother. My Mother was told 'you're wasting your money; she doesn't want to learn piano, she wants to do 'Elocution'! My sister had learned it, as well.

So, off I went to 'Elocution' lessons, in Grade II, & never looked back! L O V E D it! Got Honours in all my exams. Continued after I left School up to Licentiate. Joined local Theatre group from age 9 to 16. That was the most fun, ever!

Still very interested in 'Speech & Drama', & see as many productions, as possible.
It was amazing how it, & English studies, went hand-in-hand, & 'helped' each other!
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