When to start piano lessons for a child.
It’s a question we are asked on a daily basis so we know how confusing the advice can be! Children are so very different and so there isn’t a single answer. However, there are some pointers that should help you decide whether your child is ready. Most children can cope, concentrate and learn effectively during a 30 minute lesson at the piano by the time they are 5 years old. Many children with a good attention span start when they are 4. Children aged 3 sometimes can too if parents are keen to get going earlier than usual… with a shorter lesson initially perhaps. I personally have 2 children aged 5 and 6 and neither are ready yet. One is particularly hyperactive and the other has ASD… so it really does depend!
Once you have decided to try, there are various things you can do to maximise your child’s chances of success. Chat to us on the phone in detail first and tell us everything you can that might be relevant. This will ensure we pick the best tutor to suit and good rapport is essential! From that point the teacher knows exactly how to grab their attention. Games, visuals, rhythms, duets… and showcasing their own skills too, catapulting your child’s enthusiasm right from the start. Variety is key for the little ones.
If you’re having lessons at home, make the space around the piano warm, bright and fun. I remember a short period of time when I was young and my parents were refurbishing the family home. My lessons and practise time were in a damp, dark corner and it was the only time in my life I didn’t want to learn. Little things can make all the difference.
When to start piano lessons for a child… part 2
Next week we’ll be talking about the next steps; the first 5 to 10 lessons and how to maintain your child’s enthusiasm between lessons and encourage them to practise more. In the meantime, please get in touch to chat through any queries you may have regarding whether your child is ready to try piano lessons.
Susanna, head of school