The role of families in music

To celebrate International Day of Families we’re reflecting on the unique dynamics within families that are enriched by music. At Young Sounds UK, where our Furthering Talent programme nurtures budding musicians from low income families, the role of siblings emerges as a significant theme. It’s evident that the journey of music within families is not just about notes and melodies; it’s about developing resilience, shared aspirations and mutual growth. Through the voices of parents and young musicians themselves, we wanted to share the joys and challenges of sibling relationships within Furthering Talent. 

Koko, father to 9 year old Ewan and 11 year old Ethan, offers an insight into the dynamic between his sons within the programme. “It’s been quite the adventure witnessing how our sons support and challenge each other in their violin pursuits through Furthering Talent,” he explains. Camaraderie intertwined with healthy competition benefits the brothers’ progression and creates a “beautiful synergy that propels them forward.”  

“As they tackle pieces together, there’s a natural flow of mentorship between them. The older brother, slightly more seasoned in his violin skills, offers guidance to his younger counterpart, enriching their learning experience and fostering growth. It’s a joy to listen to as they synchronise their efforts, preparing for orchestra sessions where they can contribute their talents and solidify their confidence.” 

13 year old Sarah who is from a family of three siblings sheds light on the invaluable role that sibling mentors provide through moral support.

“If they play different instruments in the same band you can practise pieces together and help improve your ensemble skills. An older sibling can help the younger one out, give them tips and have fresh eyes on a piece and pick up things a teacher may not notice they’re missing, adding or doing wrong. Then younger ones may also be inspired to achieve goals that the older ones have.”  

Gabriel aged 15 and Alicia aged 13, are brother and sister who echo this as they speak of shared resources and collaboration.

“At times, we play music together, we share resources like music books and even swap our own band parts. we can continue competing to be the best (in this case, be a better musician by achieving grades in both practical and theory faster or better than the other can).”

This spirit of teamwork not only enriches their musical journey but also deepens their bond as siblings. 

Siblings in the Furthering Talent programme enriches lives beyond music and the rest of the family benefit. For parents like Gabriel and Alicia’s mother, Margarita, Furthering Talent transcends the realm of music, profoundly impacting family dynamics.

“For us, being a family with no musical background, Furthering Talent has provided the kids with so many different opportunities to discover how big the world of music is, improve their music playing and discover new instruments. It’s not only the economic support Furthering Talent provides, but the chance to take part in activities that would not be available to them otherwise. Thanks to Furthering Talent, our eldest wants to make a career in music, and his next goal is to attend the Leeds Conservatoire every Sunday, with a view to go to university and study music.” 

Having several siblings on one programme isn’t just beneficial from a musical perspective, it extends to the practicalities of navigating family life. Koko says:

“As a parent, having both boys in Furthering Talent streamlines logistics and simplifies support. From transportation to equipment, it’s easier to facilitate their musical endeavours.”

Younger participants like 8 year old Megan and 10 year old Ryan underscore the supportive role siblings play within Furthering Talent. Megan shares,

“I think having siblings in Furthering Talent is good because they can help you. I look up to my sister because she has always helped me.”

Ryan agrees and emphasises how siblings can assist in note reading and identifying mistakes. 

Even the Hub Connectors see a benefit of siblings working together on the programme. Helen Borg, Connector for Bradford says:

“It definitely has a positive impact on the family as a whole. The young musicians thrive under the competition, and they are able to access another musically creative space at home where they can share ideas and inspiration with each other. It also allows older siblings to show a helping hand to younger siblings particularly when attending Furthering Talent events together.” 

Here’s to the siblings who harmonise, inspire, and uplift each other. You can find out more about our Furthering Talent programme by clicking the link below.

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