We are often asked what the “right age” is when thinking about music lessons for kids. The truth of the matter is that there is no “right” age at all, and it depends very much on the reason a parent wants to enrol their child in music lessons.
Let’s consider a few factors which may help you to make an informed decision if you want to enrol your child in the wonderful world of music.
Music Lessons For Kids as a Second Language
As parents, we are all very well aware of the phenomenal abilities possessed by children under the age of five. Their capacity for learning is quite incredible and is the perfect time to teach new concepts such as a second (or third!) language.
Just as children exposed to conversation learn the rules of grammar and sentence structure without being told, in the same way, a child exposed to music absorb the semantics and syntax of the music on their own. This allows them to develop a “musical ear” without even picking up an instrument.
However, it’s important to note that at this young age, “formal” music lessons may not be ideal for their little hands or their short attention spans. Music lessons for very young children can involve musical games, teaching them about various instruments, identifying a beat or rhythm and similar fun, informal learning methods.
The Abilities of Little Hands
When a child is five, they are more likely to possess the strength and capacity to play an instrument such as a piano or violin.
We have found that children are more likely to continue their musical efforts as they grow older if they are allowed to learn at their own pace, and are not pushed too hard to be the “next big thing.” Even children with a good deal of natural talent can be put off music if they are pushed too hard and the enjoyment of understanding music is lost.
By the age of ten, most children will have the stamina and strength to play a selection of instruments such as guitar, wind instruments or larger stringed instruments. At this point, they are more willing to put in the effort to master an instrument for their own pleasure and skill and can communicate with their parents any issues that they may have.
In summary, music lessons for kids should start when they’re physically and mentally ready and should be kept as a fun and enjoyable hobby until they are old enough to understand the inherent pleasure of music. Please feel free to contact our dedicated and friendly team if you have any questions.