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From: David (11/98)

I have 18 month old twins (Gabe and Izzy) and I'm hoping they will develop some sort of musical ability during their childhood. It's likely that I'm being motivated by some desire to live vicariously through them later in life when they become the rock stars that I and my sister never did. Regardless, I was wondering if any of you have suggestions about how I should approach introducing music and instruments to them and at what age. We listen to music regularly and the kids seem to like it a lot (dancing and acting generally goofy are the main clues). I realize that they will develop their own interests and playing music may not be one of them. However, I would love to try and encourage them as much as possible to learn to play an instrument and I want to make it as enjoyable as possible. Do any of you parents of older children have advice about what to do or what NOT TO DO to fulfill my dream of creating a modern day Donnie and Marie ("I'm a little bit rock and roll...")? Also, for the true music/child development experts, are there particular instruments that are better suited for young children that will benefit their musical education? Thanks, in advance, for your feedback.

David "wish I had stuck with those guitar lessons"

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