The Importance of Family Music

-by Aaron Jamin

This is a picture of my family sitting down to enjoy music together. This is an ideal of mine. A regular set time in the day that we enjoy making music together. I am still working towards this. Right now I am enjoying my children’s interest in music. My daughter Eva is growing in her musicianship as a young singer. My wife and I both have taken some piano lessons so we are able to play vocal melodies on the piano to help Eva practice her songs. Eva is not very disciplined when it comes to practicing, but if she has a performance coming up she is very motivated. She also likes to play ukulele and is learning the basics. She has taken to writing songs at times when she is stressed. I enjoy doing some chords to accompany her. Usually if I have the ukulele out my son David wants to learn as well. He has a lot of abilities already that will make learning music enjoyable for him. The Jamin family band is still a work in progress. Life is very full trying to give our children a well rounded education, without leaving them exhausted. Work pressures sometimes make for late days and challenging relationships between us. Whether you already have your child in lessons and have some set times to enjoy music together, or you’re trying to have your child practice enough to meet the challenges of taking lessons. Your participation in your child’s musical development goes a long way. – A.J.