FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We have been asked many questions throughout the years and here are some of the most frequently asked:
The most frequently-asked question by concert patrons is: "How many bathrooms do you have for those six girls?"
Although there are three in the house, the answer is - two! Someone else added, "I know when they practice! While they're standing in line waiting for the bathroom!"
"Is that really all their hair? "
Yes, all of it. No implants - no hairpieces. They all have unusually thick hair - even Doug. And it's all natural curly except the blondes.
"How do they go to school if you travel so much?"
We have been very fortunate to have principals and teachers who are willing to work with us. They have provided us with textbooks and assignments which we mail, fax, or turn in when we arrive home. The college kids have attended semesters as often as possible, in addition to independent study, and will soon be online for more courses. In 1998, Kysha and Korinne graduated with degrees in music from BYU. Doug, Kendra, and Kami are college students, Karalece is in the 10th grade, and Kayliann is a sixth grader who absolutely loves school.
"How do you get your kids to practice?"
The secret is to sit with them while they practice. Their teachers have required this of all parents so that pieces are practiced with exactness. Technique must be perfect as well as assigned pieces. This cannot be achieved with young children if you are calling out instructions while making dinner. You have to actively help them. Remember: Careful slow practice makes fast progress. It takes more patience but it's well worth the effort. It's much easier to break things down into sections, learn them correctly, and then increase the tempo, and polish. Fast sloppy practice usually creates a sloppy player.
"How long do they practice?"
As each child began lessons around age 3, we would practice 10-15 minutes several times a day. They would earn a star or a sticker each time something was learned correctly. Soon the practice time was 1-2 hours a day, and by the time the oldest three were in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, they got up on their own at 4:30 A.M. to practice before school. In preparation for competitions, they put in anywhere from 6-8 hours a day.
"How does Doug like being the only boy?"
In Doug's own words, "They treat me like a king! And no, Im definitely not spoiled!"