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AIBU to not let my DD learn the clarinet?

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FiveHoursSleep Thu 24-Nov-16 18:11:52

She's come home from school all enthused because she had a blow on a friend's clarinet and got a sound out of it, but she is already leaning the piano and double bass and I think she needs to concentrate on those?
Also the cost- she's the eldest of 4 , all learning 2 instruments each.
When do you let them swap instruments?

Wafflenose Thu 24-Nov-16 21:10:38

I think two is enough for most children, especially if you have several and want to keep it fair. I'd wait and see if she's still going on about it in three months' time!

TreehouseTales Thu 24-Nov-16 21:12:10

How old is she? How long has she been learning piano and double Base. Has she swapped before? Mayve it's time to let her choose?

FiveHoursSleep Thu 24-Nov-16 22:19:04

Making her wait for a bit is a good idea.
She's 14, almost 15 so been learning piano for about 8 years and Bass for about 6. She's sitting her G7 piano and G6 Bass next year and those are her instruments for GCSE music, so I'd prefer her to continue with them.

PickAChew Thu 24-Nov-16 22:20:55

2 instruments is plenty, but a clarinet is slightly more portable than either of the instruments she's learning grin

FiveHoursSleep Thu 24-Nov-16 22:52:36

Yes, don't think I haven't thought of that!

raspberryrippleicecream Thu 24-Nov-16 23:30:11

I'm the wrong person to ask, because DS2 plays clarinet, piano and trombone, and also sings. He manages to make it work, but is just starting Y9.

DD has just started clarinet in sixth form. Reached Grade 8 on sax earlier this this year and wanted a new challenge for Y12. She also learns piano. Would that be an option?

FiveHoursSleep Fri 25-Nov-16 08:18:53

I think once she gets to G8 on something I might think about it properly.
She is still refusing to consider anything musical as a career but I suspect it could feature in her future.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Fri 25-Nov-16 08:23:56

Looking ahead the clarinet might be more fun/easier to do stuff with at university (wind bands, clarinet choirs etc). I suppose it depends how much practice she'd have to do and how good she wants to get and whether it will affect the others too much.

Fleurdelise Fri 25-Nov-16 08:32:01

Seeing that she can read music can she teach herself which would take the expense out of the equation? You can get a second hand clarinet for a reasonable price and then maybe find a teacher to offer advice once a month or on a pay as you go basis when she is stuck?

I'd be happy if DD would like to pick an additional instrument at 14 (rather than give up music which quite a few teenagers do).

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