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Taylor Swift: precocious talent, homeschooling, gutsy self-determination

Posted Mar 14 2009 3:15pm

Taylor Swift homeschooling, home-schooling products, homeschooling books

Seeing a bio of musician Taylor Swift a while ago, I was very struck by her self-assurance and belief in her abilities from an early age, and her assertiveness to realize those talents.

In fourth grade, she won a national poetry contest with her poem “Monster In My Closet.” At eleven, she went to Nashville to try to get a record deal by distributing a demo tape of her singing to every label on Music Row..

She started writing songs and playing 12-string guitar at age twelve. At fifteen, she “rejected a development deal with RCA Records because the company refused to allow her to record her own songs.” [Info from Wikipedia.]

A profile in The Week magazine (March 20, 2009) notes, “Taylor Swift is determined to avoid the pitfalls that have tripped up other precocious stars, says Matt Allen in Q. The key, says the 19-year-old country music phenom, is to stay focused on her art and to always remember that the myriad distractions that attend fame and wealth are just that—distractions.

“Such determination has been apparent since she was a musical prodigy growing up in Hendersonville, Tenn. “When I was 13, I was told that country music didn’t appeal to anybody other than 35-year-old women. I decided to prove them wrong.’

“So Swift began grinding out songs, playing guitar so relentlessly that her fingers bled. She turned down invitations to dances and other typical teenage activities if it meant missing a gig.

Home schooled and avoiding destructive habits

“She graduated high school with a 4.0 grade-point average after finishing her junior and senior years in just 12 months of home-schooling. Swift still leaves nothing to chance, saying she neither drinks nor smokes—nor is she tempted to.”

Authentic self-esteem, postive self-regard and self concept are among the major themes of this site - see Self concept / self esteem articles and products.

Here are a couple of resources for homeschooling:
The HomeScholar
Homeschool Entrepreneur 9 Week E-Course

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