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?
Every 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
It 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!