Some days it may feel like more effort than it is worth- driving to the lessons, keeping track of the music, encouraging the practicing, practicing with your child, listening to the complaints, attending events.   Is it all worth the effort?  Of course my view is terribly skewed but I thought you might enjoy this article from Scientific American which adds some research to what we music teachers have observed over the years, which is that studying music in particular helps students to learn better in general.

Long after someone can no longer throw the football or shoot some hoops, they can still usually play their musical instrument and continue to enjoy and grow in their musical abilities.  I am interested in giving students a musical skill that will last a lifetime and I applaud you parents for your wisdom to see the value of this endeavor. Take some encouragement from the following article knowing that you are giving your children an invaluable gift.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hearing-the-music-honing/