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Jonathan Graehl commented on a post on Blogger.
agree. i did go on and read the following books and wish i'd heeded my own similar reservations; they were worse - ayn rand for social justice. not the worst writing by any means, but gradually downhill after the initial "cool, viewpoint from a mind that doesn't yet know its programmed loyalties" premise.

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Before 6 should definitely focus only on fun music-instrument learning. Older kids+adults learn faster mostly to the extent that they have more motivation (though very young kids probably still lack some prerequisites compared to an avg adult). Sooner (4+ year old let's say) probably lays a different kind of additional foundation, but you're right that we don't know for certain it's necessary - perhaps the parents who support a high-achievement musical practice for their 8 year old uniformly couldn't resist starting at 3 but would be at the same place if they had waited until 5.

Also, if a kid shows little inclination to pay attn to any kind of music, or play with at least drums or bang on piano keys with an interest in specific sounds, don't bother pushing them toward extreme technical proficiency as it will probably always be a little hollow (though worth investing in at a basic level just in case the desire grows from there).

It's probably useful for people to learn at least one body->music skill (dancing to a beat, instrument, singing), at least one balance-based skill, and at least one throw-catch sport (not necessarily competitive), and probably a high-skill video game. (I won't mention the standard math + reading + writing + speech + visual arts stuff we ought to get in school). I'm not aware of credible research indicating a causal link from those physical-performance to other mental skills, but there are so many fun/social activities you'll end up doing in a lifetime that you'll pick up faster if you have a template/pattern for the kind of learning involved. Developing a self-directed 'practice' mentality to challenge (I'm not measuring up to my peers in this yet! I want to get better!) is nice, too.

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I miss the days when bowling was more popular.
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hawk eating a crab

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near LA, but not too near
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