Children who participate in musical activities from a young age seem – at least in my experience – to stick with music. Especially if either of the parent has musical skills and has been introducing the child to music from an age younger than four or five years of age. The father could be a guitarist for instance – can help with the aural side of music and of course the piano. However, if neither parent is musically inclined, this shouldn’t be a deterrent.
5 to 6 Is A Good Age To Start The Piano
I always say to parents that the only way to find out if the child is ‘ready’ for lessons is to let them have a few trial lessons, this won’t cost very much and both you and your child will discover if they enjoy the lessons and are ready to go. If they are not, they can always return at a later date. Generally, I find the right age is somewhere between five and six years of age, I have taken on four-year old children in the past which is fine, however, I tend to class those lessons more as “music appreciation,” giving the child an easy introduction to the piano.
So I don’t have a ‘cut off’ age for starting – I say that I’ll chat to the parent and meet the child and assess whether I feel that they would benefit from lessons. In fact, I believe that all children can benefit from music lessons, but I explain that music lessons and piano lessons are two different things.
Very Young Children Should Have Informal Piano Lessons
These “lessons” do not have to be – in fact, at first probably shouldn’t be, very formal as this can be intimidating for some children. A parent can serve as guide by immersing the child in a musical environment. You should help your child focus on the music with simple movement activities such as musical games, swaying or dancing while holding the baby, or singing or playing an instrument for the child.
Learning Piano Can Boost IQ
It’s interesting to read other studies that have shown that learning a musical instrument can boost IQ, make it easier to pick up new languages and interpret the emotions of others.
There is a growing, and convincing, body of research that indicates a “window of opportunity” from birth to age nine for developing a musical sensibility within children.
During this time, the mental structures and mechanisms associated with processing and understanding music are in the prime stages of development, making it of utmost importance to expose children in this age range to music.
So to round off, I think it all depends on the child and on the kind of age group the teacher feels happy teaching. If the child is happy to start learning the piano and is interested and can focus, then age is really just a number!!
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