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Finding an instrument

This section comes after "finding a teacher" because it is often a good idea to get in touch with your child's prospective teacher before you get an instrument. The teacher may have definite ideas about what is an acceptable student instrument, will probably know the best sources of reasonable-quality/reasonable-price instruments, may have brand recommendations, and in any case should be able to help you decide whether to purchase a particular instrument. This includes band and orchestra directors and other ensemble instructors. If money is an issue, don't hesitate to let the instructor know. The school may be able to let you borrow or rent an instrument at a low cost, or the instructor may be able to help you locate a low-price used instrument.

If your teacher does not recommend a particular place to look for an instrument, good sources of instruments include your local music shops, local want-ads, and national music companies and other reputable sellers who are willing both to ship instruments to you and to take back instruments that are not acceptable. Both local and national music stores will generally try very hard to sell you an instrument that you will be happy with, so that you will return to them for music stands, mutes, repairs, and other extras. Let the salesperson know you need a student-quality instrument, and of course let them know if a small-size instrument is needed.

Student-quality instruments are usually reasonably priced (although some instruments are simply more expensive to make than others), and this is really all a beginner needs. Even if your child does end up having great interest and ability, it will probably be a few years before she needs a higher-quality instrument. By then, she will probably also have very definite ideas about what instrument she wants.
Mention any other requirements your teacher has. Check warranties and return policies carefully. Ask if there is any way for you to take the instrument to be okayed by your child's teacher before final purchase, particularly if you are buying a used instrument through a want ad. If they can, ask the salesperson or previous owner to play it for you. Consider whether renting an instrument for a few months would make sense. This can be a good way to put off purchasing the instrument until you are certain of your child's interest, and your child will be able to test-play instruments before you purchase one.
Buying low-cost instruments at stores that do not specialize in music can be an expensive mistake. Some of these instruments are of such poor materials and workmanship that it is very difficult to keep them in working order; your repair bills may end up costing more than a decent instrument would have cost.

Once you have purchased the instrument, make sure you follow the care instructions that come with it, or find out from the teacher how to care properly for it. A musical instrument, like a car, will be a source of constant frustration and repair bills if it is not kept in good condition.

What you should do once lessons have begun

Your child's teacher should clarify things like how often and how long your child should practice, as well as practical things like payment schedules and no-show policies. If not, ask! (You may find some useful suggestions in A Guide to Great Home Music Practice .)

If you are considering Suzuki lessons, or starting a very young child, be aware that you will be expected to actively participate in your child's daily practices. No musical knowledge is required on your part, just time. Once children are a little older, most methods only require you to make sure that your child does practice. You are the best judge of how to do this; whether incentives, reminders, or regular schedules are the way to go varies from one child to the next. Remember that keeping to the teacher's suggested practice schedule is very important. Nobody can learn to play an instrument well if they play only once or twice a week; if this is what is happening, there is not much the teacher will be able to do to help your child improve.

You don't need to complement every sound that comes from your child's instrument, but do try to be encouraging, especially when you do hear something you like. It is the teacher's job, not yours, to listen critically. Be aware that many children who happily accept helpful criticism from a teacher may expect parents (even those knowledgeable about music) to take an encouraging rather than a critical role, and will not respond well to suggestions from you.

Don't be afraid to discuss potential problems with the teacher, especially if your child can't or won't. Most children will have some resistance to practicing and some "performance anxiety" about lessons. But it is not normal for practice time to be miserable or for your child to be terrified of the teacher; if this is the case, insist on some changes or find a different teacher or even a different instrument. Music lessons can and should be an introduction to a lifelong enjoyment of music.

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The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
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Damian
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Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
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nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
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are you nano engineer ?
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fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
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Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
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Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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