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When Can My Child Take Piano?

February 27, 2012

Many parents ask me this question: When Can My Child Take Piano?  Most parents want their children to learn musical instruments and the piano has been a popular instrument for at least 300 years. With bands and American idols’ popularity, guitars are also popular instruments on which to take lessons.

But.. when is your child really ready for lessons. This is a hard question to answer because each child is different. Some children learn to read and understand things concretely sooner than others. For example, in my first year of teaching, I had two Kindergarten students. One was especially gifted academically and she flew through the piano book and even composed her own piece of music complete with changing time signatures. The second Kindergarten student had music all in her body. Loved every minute of dancing, singing, and moving to music, but I couldn’t get her to read music to save my life! Why? She wasn’t ready to read academically. Which is OK!  Each child is different and that’s why private music lessons are so important because the teacher can tailor the lesson to each child’s needs!

Here are some basic guidelines for knowing when your child is ready to take private music lessons.

1. Is he or she at least 5 – 7 years old?  Your child should be ready to understand that symbols represent sounds.

2. Can he or she read? Does he or she know the alphabet?

3. Does he or she have an aptitude for sitting and listening during a lesson and for practice sessions, for at least thirty minutes?

4. Has he or she completed Kindermusik for the Young Child Semesters 1 and 2 at least?

5. Doe he or she want to play the piano? It really is something that your child has to desire to do in his or her heart! It cannot be something you the parent is forcing them to do!

Check out the videos of my students playing on youtube at www.youtube.com/musicmoments1 and see if your child is ready to persevere through the very hard work it takes to learn a musical instrument!

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