Parents can’t help but beam when their daughter completes a flawless violin recital or when their son masters a complex piano solo. They have every right to be proud. Learning a musical instrument is part skill and part discipline. It takes practice and devotion to confidently play an instrument – whether as a soloist or part of an orchestra or high school marching band.
The easy part of developing a new skill is signing up. The tough part comes in staying motivated and sticking with it. The same can be said for music lessons. Enrolling a child is just the first step.
Donations from America’s individuals, estates, foundations and corporations reached an estimated $373.25 billion in 2015, setting a record for the second year in a row.