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An Investment In Our Daughter

November 13th, 2012 at 01:28 am

Our oldest daughter started private flute lessons tonight. She has been playing in school since fifth grade and is now a sophomore. She recently was placed into the school's advanced level concert band as third chair flute. The band director was very impressed with her skills having not had private lessons.

We want her to advance and enjoy playing her flute even more, so we are paying $20 per half hour lesson. I think we are all excited about her potential to improve and progress further in the next few years.

We are also going to be looking into getting a new flute that is better set up for her advanced skills. The flute should have a silver head joint. Yes, that precious metal that is increasing in value. We will be shopping a few music stores in the area to see what our options are.

We will hold on to her current flute, since it is better for marching band, when one is out in the rain and putting the instrument on the field during practices.

For now the outflow of money just increased by $80 a month. I think we will see quite a bit of progress for that money!

Do you pay for music lessons for a child or grandchild? Did you play an instrument as a child?

6 Responses to “An Investment In Our Daughter”

  1. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Wow, that's a great price for a half hour!

  2. TexasDisneyGirl Says:

    Cool! I used to play the clarinet. DH played the drums. My brother played the sax, sister played the trombone.

  3. snafu Says:

    $20. a lesson is phenomenal! I had piano lessons for 9 years, my brother played the cello and taught music. DS2 played clarinet in school band and took piano lessons on and off for several years. Soccer, hockey and swim competitions overtook interest in music.

  4. littlegopher Says:

    All four girls took piano lessons, and then went on to play in the school bands - one percussion and three clarinets.

    My especially musical third daughter also played the violin for a while (she's been first chair bass clarinet in our school's highest level band since 1oth grade.)

    Between the instrument purchases and lessons (and reeds and music and repairs and service...,) music has been definitely an investment in my girls!

    Yay for your daughter - I bet she's excited!

  5. laura Says:

    My oldest son has some academic struggles, so we encourage his love of the arts. He is in the school band (his second year) and we paid $14 per week last year for a 45 minute group lesson (all trumpets) and then 30 minutes of whole-band instruction. We rent his trumpet for $20 a month, so it cost about $76 a month last year. This year I paid the band fee upfront and saved 5%. For private lessons for my daughters (Irish dance) I pay about $30/1/2 hour (though no private lessons for championships this year as they're skipping).

    I definitely think it is worth it.

    And a big KUDOS to your daughter for her accomplishments! We've got the Christmas Band concert on 12/4 and I'm looking forward to it!

  6. PNW Mom Says:

    No music lessons in our house except DD2 once took guitar for a while....she lost interest so we didn't push. My girls were big into and basketball for DD1 and soccer for DD2. DD1 played on club teams from 5th to 8th grades in both soccer and basketball...gave that up when she went into high school and just did sports there. DD2 did club soccer from 6th grade through last year and has also played soccer all through high school. Club sports are expensive, not only in the cost to actually play on the team (along with some years having to purchase uniforms and bags), but you also have to factor in travelling which we did quite a bit, gas, food, and sometimes activities. I am so glad we did it though, I wouldn't trade it for the world. The friends and memories we have are priceless. I don't think it matters what kids do as long as they have an interest in something....doesn't have to be, the arts, and volunteering are all wonderful! Also, congrats to your daughter! Smile

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