How young is too young? What is the right age to start?
Adults can start any instrument at any time. Their success is based on how willing an adult is to commit to practicing. It’s really never too late to start music.
For children starting at the right age is a key element to the success of their lessons. Some people will tell you “the sooner the better” but this attitude can actually backfire and be a negative. If a child is put into lessons too soon they may feel overwhelmed and frustrated and want to stop lessons. The last thing you want to do is turn a child off to music just because they had an unpleasant experience which could have been prevented. Sometimes if the child waits a year to start lessons their progress can be much faster. Children who are older than the suggested earliest starting age usually do very well. The following guidelines are suggested to help you determine how young a child might be to start to take music lessons.
At our school 5 years old is the youngest age we start children in private piano lessons. At this age they have begun to develop longer attention spans and can retain material with ease.
GUITAR – ACOUSTIC and ELECTRIC
8 years old is the earliest we recommend for guitar lessons. Guitar playing requires a fair amount of pressure on the fingertips from pressing on the strings. Children under 8 generally have small hands and may find playing uncomfortable. Bass guitar students generally are 10 years and older.
This instrument is the perfect choice for young students with small hands. Student will learn the basics of the string guitar with only 4 strings. We recommend starting at age 5.
10 years old is recommended as the youngest age for private vocal lessons. Due to the physical nature of voice lessons (proper breathing techniques, development of the vocal chords and lung capacity), the younger body is generally not yet ready for the rigors of vocal technique. For children younger than 10 we suggest piano in order to read music and start learning pitch and rhythm concepts.
FLUTE, CLARINET AND SAXOPHONE
Due to lung capacity (and in the case of saxophone the size of the instrument), we recommend that most woodwind beginners are 9 years or older.
The Recorder is a wonderful to start the younger student (around 6 – 8) on a wood wind instrument. This prepares one for playing the flute, clarinet or saxophone when older.
We accept violin students at the age of 5. At this age they have longer attentions spans and can retain material with ease. There are small instruments made so that the child can handle the instrument.