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What Can Parents Do To Harness Their Children’s Musical Potential?

Houston classical violinist Lauren Haley has written a book to help parents help their kids succeed at learning a musical instrument.



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Kids Aren't Lazy BookIf you have a child in band or orchestra, maybe you've looked for ways to help them succeed and excel at their instrument.

Perhaps you think your child struggles to focus and to put in the diligent practice time needed to develop any skill.

Maybe you've even thought...they're a little lazy.

But Houston musician and educator Lauren Haley – herself a conservatory-trained violinist – says laziness isn't the problem, so much so that's she's written a book about it. It's called Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music.

Houston violinist and music instructor Lauren Haley (left) at a 2015 recital.

In the audio above, she tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty why she wanted to change the way parents think about their kids when it comes to learning music, and she gives him some simple tips for parents.

Haley will discuss the book at an event Saturday, Aug. 3, from 1-3 p.m. at Houston's Kawai Piano Gallery.

Lauren Haley is a Houston-based classical musician and educator.
Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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