Mormon Parenting: Our good intentions with music lessons

Published: Friday, March 8 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

Second, there are trade-offs between being “highly sharpened” and “well rounded.” There are some kids who have sufficient talent and discipline to become exceptionally fine musicians, and if we have one of those kids, perhaps we should sacrifice everything else to help make him or her the best that he or she can be. But there are big sacrifices involved, and wonderful parents do it knowing that there are many other things that child will miss out on. But the fact is that, for most kids, “well rounded” is a better goal than “highly sharpened.”

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