Sometimes being a musician runs in the family -- and sometimes it does not!
I really admire those families that produce a musical group or just a lot of musical people -- for example, the Ahn Trio; the highly talented DePue brothers; people like the Suzuki pioneer William Starr, who immersed all eight of his children in music and got them all playing...And how about Ani and Ida Kavafian, sisters, amazing players and world-class teachers. Other violinists who have talked about coming from musical families include Leonidas Kavakos and Rachel Podger, and many more. I always think that family get-togethers must be very fun, when everyone can sit down and play quartets or jam together!
My own family does not have its own band, though certainly music has always been a presence in both the family I grew up in and my own family. My parents were not musicians. Though my sister did not become a musician, she and I did quite a lot of singing together as children, and she continues to sing in her church choir.
My children took various music lessons - violin, piano, guitar, singing. They also heard a lot of music lessons in the house! I think that exposure has informed the other pursuits that they have chosen, and occasionally I notice some independent music-making!
How about you? Do you have any other musicians in your family? And do you ever play together, or actually even have a group? Please vote and then tell us about your experience (or lack of experience!) with family music-making -- and also feel free to describe other musical families you know or know of!
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