More than 1,200 children’s instrument reviews were performed in 2015 and 2016, according to the Ontario Children’s Instrumentation Council.
In 2017, they were done by a committee that includes representatives from the Ministry of Education, Skills, Training and Employment.
They’re not meant to be used for children or their caregivers.
There are only seven instruments that can be used in class.
There is no way for a child to learn all the songs.
“It’s kind of a black box to a lot of parents,” said Emily O’Brien, a professor of music education at the University of Toronto.
“The more information you can get, the better.”
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“They don’t want to learn them, they’re afraid of them.”
OBrien said that while the children’s use of the instruments is not necessarily the same as their parents’ use, she said parents need to be mindful of that.
“Parents are often the ones who will make the decisions about how the children are going to use them,” said the professor.
“What is their goal?”
The government says the instruments are being taught to kids because of the growing demand for music in schools and because there are not enough instruments available for students.
But that doesn’t mean they’re not being used.
Some children use them as a means to teach themselves and others.
For example, a 12-year-old boy in the Toronto area who asked not to be identified, said he learned to play a violin with a small pocket recorder that he bought at a music store.
The recorder was meant to teach the boy a song and teach him to play the instrument in the future.
In some ways, O’O’Briens research shows how children are getting an early start.
O’Neill said some parents feel more comfortable with children playing music and other instruments because they don’t need to know how to play them themselves.
“A lot of kids are not taught how to do it,” she said.
“Kids are very good at playing in the sandbox and playing with the toys, and a lot more parents are not comfortable with that.”
While the instruments can be useful, OBrien and O’ Reilly believe they should be used only as a last resort.
“For kids that don’t really want to know what they’re doing, it’s really important to make sure that they’re able to learn to play and play with the instrument,” said Hennie Stitt, an instructor in music education and director of the Music, Dance and Performance Program at the College of Education and Culture at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
“Because for some children, it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to be enough.”
She added that many parents do not want their kids to be forced to learn the instruments.
OReilly said some people feel like instruments are a necessary evil that they should not have.
But she thinks children need to learn music, not instruments.
“You should be teaching them music because that’s the only thing that they’ll be able to do,” said she.
O Reilly said she thinks parents should be aware that some children may not be able or willing to learn.
For instance, OReilly is aware that a 13-year old girl who wants to learn a guitar but is afraid of the instrument and doesn’t want it in her bedroom, may not want to have it in the house.
She said parents should help them find other instruments for them to play in.
“If we’re going to take these instruments away from kids, we’re taking them away from a very important tool for them,” she added.
O’sReilly said there is a difference between instruments and music lessons.
The children in her research are learning the music they like, which means they’re learning songs they have to sing to themselves.
She added they are not learning music from adults, which is something that parents should do as well.
Oates said parents have the power to take children’s music away, but the best thing to do is to make them aware of the power of instruments in their own homes.
“Make sure that your kids are well aware of it,” said Dr. Olester.
“We need them to feel comfortable, we need them not to feel bad about it.”