After months of practice and constant cries of "when can we go to a session Dad" I took my two lads ( 7and 9) to our local folk club.
Its not a traditional session, more of a circle of doom where you take turn about to do a song, or a tune or two. The boys had a great time, enjoyed playing and kept me right when my nerves tied my fingers in knots. I was really gratefull for the encouragement that the club gave them. It was great to tuck them in bed with tired shiney eyes and hear both say they want to go again.
What I would like to discuss are your thought’s on how to bring on young kids. Did you start at a young age? If so what inspired you - or what put you off? Does anyone have experience of teaching youngsters - what works and what doesn’t? I know there was a similar discussion a while back but it tended to center on teenagers - I hope to have them hooked before beer and girls arrive.
It goes without saying that just to expose them to music and not to push them is the right way to go about it, but I am looking for specific ideas about how to keep them motivated, and what you have found to be positive and negative influences on young children.