Parents recognize their child’s unique abilities and strive to provide the best education, credentials, and life skills. Teachers notice the faith parents have in their child’s potential to contribute positively to the world. Still, even the most brilliant families wrestle with obstacles along the way.
Kids Aren’t Lazy is the result of thousands of lesson hours spent working closely with young musicians and their families. In this volume, conservatory-trained violinist Lauren Haley offers strategies for fostering self-discipline, resilience, and advanced instrumental technique in young musicians. In redefining motivation as the learned rush of joy from conquering challenges, and talent as the sum of current skills that makes learning new ones easier, Haley reframes the way parents and educators understand the power of music education. Applying this revolutionary approach, motivation and talent are gifts that can be developed in any child.
Read on to discover how to:
· Address the root of musical struggles while developing new levels of focus, critical thinking, and self-direction in your child
· Prepare your child for peak performance and fear-free creativity
· Harness the power of routines to work for your entire family
· Understand how parental actions, well beyond words, shape your child’s ultimate potential
With an emphasis on communication, Kids Aren’t Lazy empowers parents with breakthrough strategies for advancing their child’s musical proficiency and cultivating healthy behavioral patterns in all areas of study.
Lauren Alexandra Haley is a professional violinist, violist, and the founder of Lauren Haley Studios, which enrolls over 50 young musicians studying violin and viola. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Haley resides in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Jake.Learn More
Kids Aren’t Lazy helps the reader to instill hope and confidence in children -- our future. This book also serves as a guide that provides directions and answers to anything we may face with our children and students in music and life -- the ups, downs, detours, and celebrations. No area of concern or issue has been left out. Help others in your life to develop musical, creative, and life skills by reading this book. It is a must have for all parents, teachers, musicians, and anyone interested in developing others to be their best. This is a book I will read, reread, refer, and apply to almost any situation I face for years to come.
—Ben Ware Director of Bands, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory Houston, Texas
As a studio teacher and Suzuki parent, Lauren Haley’s book, Kid’s Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation and Talent Through Music, is a comprehensive studio companion guide.
Fostering motivation is often an area that can be difficult to address in weekly lessons and group classes. As a parent reference tool, Haley’s book can help bridge unintentional gaps when it comes to the reality of home practice. Haley assures the reader that parents and students are on a musical journey, and learning can be a roller coaster of success and disappointment at any stage. She gives practical and loving advice for all who have experienced the struggle and joy of having a child in private music lessons.
Haley’s ability to discuss protocols from lesson attendance to the proper way to find or leave a studio is explained clearly and kindly. Teachers can use the book to better educate parents on studio conventions that are essential for student creativity and achievement. Haley understands the importance of including solutions for advancing students with performance anxiety and ways to avoid performance injuries. These are just a few of the topics she explores in her book which will resonate with all audiences involved in private music lessons.
I highly recommend Kid’s Aren’t Lazy, by Lauren Haley. Her book will be a valuable resource for myself and my studio parents.
—Adrienne Caravan Founder and Artistic Director of Sforza Suzuki String Program, Woodbridge VA
Whether you are a teacher or a parent, or anybody even remotely interested in the musical education of a child, you've got to read this book! Lauren gives you the many ingredients of a recipe for success. Well aware of the many hardships that befall each person involved in the shaping of a young musician, Lauren provides coping mechanisms, strategies, and new directions for everybody. With her very fine understanding of child, parent and teacher's psychology, and of their struggles and shortcomings, Lauren has put together a new paradigm that aims at strengthening the routines, behavior and thought processes of everybody involved, so that they form a team intent on success through joy, pleasure, comfort, respect, dedication, and positive reinforcement. A must-read for anybody involved in musical education, that can be applied to all other kinds of education.
—Cécile Limon Cardiff Violins, UK