The Best Age to Start Piano Lessons

The Best Age to Start Piano Lessons


Music education is the best gift a parent can give to his child. Why? Learning music can bring your child so many benefits which can help him excel in many different areas in his life. However, a question frequently asked by parents is: “When is the best age to start piano lessons?”


Benefits of Starting Piano Lessons Early


  • Children who start learning piano at a young age can always get a better development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination compared to those who starts later.
  • Studies have shown that children who start piano lessons early are able to play the instrument with better accuracy and precision.
  • Music helps to stimulate children’s brain and increase their learning ability in other areas.
  • Children can develop the muscle strength required in piano playing earlier if they start early.
  • It helps to develop children’s interest in music and the instrument too.


When is My Child Ready for Piano Lessons?


When Is My Child Ready For Piano LessonsEvery child’s growth and development rates are different among each other. Similarly, their readiness for starting piano lessons will be different too. Generally, a child will be ready at the age ranges between 4 to 7 years old. There are several indicators which can tell you that your child is ready.


1. Finger Independence

Your child should be able to move each of his ten fingers independently so that pressing the keyboard is not a stressful task for him.


2. The Size of Hands

When your child places one of his hand on the piano keyboard, his five fingers should be able to touch five adjacent white keys without stretching too much.


3. Ability to Understand Basic Instructions

Your child should be able to understand basic instructions and able to communicate effectively with the teacher.


4. Understand Letters, Numbers and Basic Counting

Preferably, your child has already learned about letters and numbers to assist him in understanding music theory and rhythm counting.


5. Interest in Music

If your child fulfills the above criterias and shows strong interest in music, it will be a good time to start him on piano lessons!


Preparations Before the Real Piano Lessons


Preparations before the Real Piano LessonsIt is good to expose your child to music as early as possible to cultivate his interest and gives him a foundation for learning an instrument in the future. Even if your child is not ready for piano lessons now, there are many things that you can do to develop his sense of music.


  • Before your child is ready for piano lessons, you can enroll him in a group music class for toddlers. The group music class includes activities of singing, dancing, rhythm clapping, music appreciation and exposure to musical instruments.
  • Buy a piano or keyboard and place it in a room where your child can reach easily. Let him play and explore the instrument.
  • Play the piano daily or as frequently as possible if you are a piano player. This can give your child an impression that playing piano is a daily activity and this helps to encourage him to practice daily when he starts learning the instrument later.
  • Always spend time listening to music with your child and discuss the music with him.


In Short ……

It is never too early or too old to start music lessons. If your child shows interest in music and has developed the necessary fine motor skill, there is no reason that you should stop him from taking piano lessons. Piano lessons are meant to be happy and enjoyable for children. If they develop stress during the lessons, they may not be ready for it yet. Parents should give children the proper guidance and accompaniment during the learning process and give them the choice to make decisions. Keeping the lessons fun without forcing is the key of success in nurturing a young musician!


Do you have any experience of enrolling your child to music lessons at a young age? Have you ever teach piano to a young child? Or is yourself someone who started piano lessons since a very young age? Share your story with us in the comment box below!

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  1. I remember being given the opportunity to play around on a piano from an early age. My parents then enrolled me for piano lessons when I started school. My teacher for classical piano was very strict and I think I only lasted 2 years then took lessons with a more contemporary teacher.

    Based on my experience I agree with you that the lessons must be fun and not forced. At the same time the child needs to learn to persevere and work hard to achieve a good end result. Few teachers get this balance right.

    1. Hi Lesley, thanks for telling us your own experience as a young music learner. Children have very short attention span and they tend to get bored very fast. So, teaching young children is definitely a tough job as teachers need to keep things interesting and fresh to catch their attention. Being too strict will only scare the children away.

  2. Hello Saber,

    I was unaware you could start a child on a real piano at the age of four. I know it is important for their development to not push them and I respect that but four, wow.
    I have known some four year olds that could have benefited from being taught the piano at that age and they had the finger dexterity to do it also.
    How about teaching them to read music, can it be done at that age as well?
    The Fat Guy

    1. Hi The Fat Guy, thanks for your comment and question. Yes, some four years old are matured enough to be taught piano and they can progress very well too. Piano lessons for young children are based on a different approach compared to older children or adult. Young children learn faster through audio and visual stimulation. Therefore, the class will emphasize more on listening, singing and playing. And yes, they will be taught how to read music too but gradually at a slower pace.

  3. Great article.

    I read a book Talent is Overrated (definitely a great read) and there was a lot of research into what makes people great and they did a study on people that play the piano, they found out that in order to reach the top tier of piano players, most people dedicate 60+ hours a week to practice, this obviously starts off smaller when they are younger but the idea is to instil in them a want to play and they will be great!

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    1. Hi Aiden, glad that you like this article. Wow, practicing 60 hours a week is really a lot. But indeed, I have read somewhere that a pianist need to accumulate a certain number of practice hours to reach a certain level of mastery. Young beginners really do have an advantage in this!


  4. Hi! I fully agree with Lesley that children should not be forcibly compelled to do anything, including learning to play the piano. I remember myself. I was eight years old and dad forced me to learn to play the accordion. I remember those years as a nightmare. Although today after 40 years, I do so with joy and in a way grateful to my parents. Andrew, Riga Latvia

    1. Hi Andrew, teaching children a new skill is always a challenging task. That’s why forcing and being too strict to children is not a good way. This will only make them hate the instrument and not wanting to touch it anymore. Instead, parents and teachers should choose a fun approach such as the series of My First Piano Adventure from Faber. With a lot of encouragement, communication, and love, I’m sure that children will enjoy learning their new instrument!

  5. Greeting.

    This is indeed very interesting blog all the time for me because it’s about piano. I love have huge craze about music.

    I have been playing guitar for last 3 years and still learning. I started learning piano few years ago but couldn’t keep it up because lack of time and fees.

    Thanks for writing interesting blog. God bless you!

    1. Hi Adeel, very happy to know that you like this post. I’m sure that you can pick up piano learning again in the future when you have more free time. Determination is the key to success. Good luck and all the best to you!

  6. Dude awesome niche you got there. THe benefits on piano lessons early in the days are great. I am a bit older however is it still possible for me to start? How much harder will it be is the question I ask myself. Everyone around me keeps telling me this somewhay but i want to start at this age.

    1. Hi Maurice, how old are you? To me, age is not a limit for piano learning. It is not as hard as you think as long as you have dedication and interest. I myself started piano as an adult and I don’t think age is an obstacle in the learning process. You can read my story here if you are interested. If I can do it, I’m sure you can too. Good luck to you!

  7. My son is four-years-old and he really wants to learn how to play the piano. He gets really excited whenever he sees someone playing the piano at church and so I know that he is very much interested. However, I have been wondering whether or not he is too young and so I am really glad that I was able to come across this post. I think that I will have him take a few trial lessons to make sure that his hands are the right size and to see if he is able to understand the instructions given to him. If he is good on those things, then I will definitely allow him to continue with the lessons.

  8. Excellent article. Short, to the point.
    I have a music school and if parents only knew all the benefits of a child learning piano. Some research using brain scans have shown how the brain literally comes alive with activity when a person plays music. No other activity – not art – not dance – not math – not history – not sports – provides the workout music gives the brain.

  9. Learning to play piano at a young age is great! especially if the child wants to and sticks with it.
    I wish I got my kids into something like this when they were younger, they all preferred the sports though.
    Music is a great part of life for a child to learn about at that age thanks for sharing.

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