I’ve decided that the bigger kids need to learn to read music. Madeline had a nice start with piano lessons from about 5 years until 7 years, but Jack has no experience. I really think that music lessons are great for building thinking skills and for encouraging concentration and diligence. I’m certainly not expecting any Mozarts, but I am hoping to create a lifelong appreciation for music and musicians. Since I am an intermediate (at best!) pianist, I figure I can do the teaching for several years at least. Might even make me start practicing again as well!
I’m even using my old piano books. The fingers are a bit stiff these days and I’m not seeing notes as clearly as I used to, but that’s okay.