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What is a Good Age to Start Private Music Lessons?



I am sure that every music instructor (and probably most musicians) have heard this question before: what is a good age to start music lessons? With child pop stars and musicians, it is no wonder people are curious how young their children can learn to sing or play an instrument. Let me start off by saying that children are exceptional learners, and as a parent, you know your child better than anyone. However, here are some questions to help you determine if your child is ready to take lessons:

1. Can your child read or write?

My youngest students that I have taught piano are five years old, meaning that they have some experience reading and writing. If a child is able to read and write, they will be better able to learn an instrument. This is especially true since music is based heavily on reading notes. A younger child may be able to learn these concepts, but it is a smoother process if they are able to read. Most students are at this point around 5 or 6 years old, but every child is different and may be able to read and write at a different age.


2. What instrument do they want to play?

Additionally, keep in mind that each instrument has a different level of maturity to play well. Piano or violin (if using the Suzuki method) are probably the easiest instrument to learn at a young age since it is easy to make a sound with. However, brass or woodwind instruments can be much more difficult to learn to make a sound, let alone play well. Keep this in mind when choosing an instrument for your young child to play. If your child does want to play a more difficult instrument, you could start them with piano lessons to learn about reading music and music theory before transitioning into a more difficult instrument.


3. Can they concentrate well enough to practice the instrument?

Also, keep in mind the practice and lesson time necessary to learn an instrument. For my piano/voice students, I recommend they have four 30-minute practice sessions a week in addition to their weekly lessons, and some younger children have difficulty devoting that much time to practice and lessons. Will your child be able to handle practicing that often? If not, you may want to wait a little while before enrolling them in lessons.


4. Who will be teaching your child?

When considering enrolling a younger child in lessons, consider who you want to teach the lessons. Some instructors are incredibly adept at working with younger students, while, others prefer to teach older students. Thus, ensure that you talk to us at Rhythm about which teachers work well with younger students.


In conclusion, there are several variables to take into account when determining a good age to start lessons including the student's ability to read, the instrument the student is learning to play, their ability to concentrate on practice, and the teacher. However, if you are considering having a younger child take lessons, consider the music exploration lessons we offer at here at Rhythm. These music exploration lessons to help expose younger students to the world of music and the different types of instruments, and they are excellent if you want to start your child at a young age because they are specifically tailored to younger children. Rather than learning how to play a specific instrument, these classes help the child learn the basic concepts of music, which will be extremely helpful when the student moves into instrument or vocal lessons.


Contact us today for more details on the music exploration classes at contact@rhythmmusicstudio.com.

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