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Thursday, February 22, 2018

MARK DIX – The challenges of childhood music lessons

Mark Dix and his son Louie (7) and Naomi (9) make music amid the renovation of the historic home Mark is remodeling himself. Photo by Daniel Friedman.

Mark Dix, viola player for the Phoenix Symphony and founder of The Downtown Chamber Series, was hooked on playing professionally during a summer festival experience shortly before he left for college.

Now dad to Louie, 7, and Naomi, 9, he shares some tips for parents on how to make music a part of family life: whether it be music lessons for kids or knowing when a child is ready to attend, and enjoy, a concert performance. You’ll also enjoy Mark playing viola in the background.

Read the related story to learn what Dix thought when Louie began to lose interest in the violin, how he responded and how he nurtures his kids’ love of music.

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