On my facebook feed, someone I know posted this weekend about how disagreeable it is to make their kid practice piano.
I know a number of people who insist their kids take up an instrument and keep at it, though the kid doesn't seem to enjoy it at all.
And the parent doesn't enjoy nagging the kid to practice. But then the parent relates that they were forced to practice as kids, too.
And then you learn that no, the parent never plays now, doesn't practice, nada.
Why are they so invested in their kid's playing if they had lessons and could practice and play if they wanted to? I mean, I understand that practicing isn't fun, and that it takes a lot of time. But if the music's important enough to you to spend all that energy nagging your kid, why isn't it important enough to you to play yourself?
At what point do you let the kid decide not to play the piano (or whatever) anymore?
(I think getting an opportunity to learn an instrument is great, and certainly learning to read music is good in all sorts of ways. Even better is the subtler learning that focused practice leads to improvement.)
(Disclosure: My parents took me to community music stuffs from the time I was little, and I wanted to learn an instrument, so I was given lots of opportunity. But my parents didn't much consider it their job to tell me to practice, nor was I a great practicer, nor a great musician. But I did enjoy a lot of my experiences in high school band, which made the whole high school horror a bit less horrible.)
Meanwhile, break is over. Back to classes! I got a lot of stuff done, though not everything. I did relax a lot and rode my bike, even (outside!).