This month meet Amy Nathan, author of The Music Parents’ Survival Guide, A Parent-to-Parent Conversation. You will hear parent-to-parent advice aimed to encourage, support, and bolster the morale of one of music’s most important back up sections: music parents. In this book over 150 veteran music parents (including the mother of violinist Joshua Bell and the father of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis) contribute their experiences, reflections, warnings, and helpful suggestions for how to walk the music-parenting tightrope: how to be supportive but not overbearing, and how to encourage excellence without becoming bogged down in frustration.
Amy Nathan is an award-winning author of several books on music including The Music Parents’ Survival Guide: A Parent-to-Parent Conversation, and two earlier books for young people, The Young Musician’s Survival Guide: Tips From Teens and Pros, and Meet the Musicians: From Prodigy (or Not) to Pro. A Harvard graduate with master’s degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Columbia’s Teacher’s College, she is the mother of two musical sons: one a composer and the other a saxophone-playing political science graduate student.