When Will Your Child Be Ready for Piano Lessons?
The numerous studies and journal articles documenting how a music education could benefit a child's development has caused parents around the world eager to jump-start music lessons for their children. But how do you tell if your child is ready for piano classes? Even with the right teacher and the right quality of teaching, if your child is not ready for music lessons, then you would be potentially wasting your expenses. With the following 3 pieces of advice, you should be able to tell if your little one is ready to learn a new instrument!
Of course, the first thing is to consider your child's age. Most parents would start a music education for their small child around the age of 4. This is the age where your child is getting the hang of his/her motor skills and learning the piano could greatly improve hand-eye coordination. Furthermore, before starting lessons, parents should also make sure that the child is able to sustain attention throughout the lesson. Sitting for even half an hour could be too much for certain children. Thus, it is always good to prepare your child and consider how they would act in a learning environment before signing them up for musical lessons.
Focusing on learning new things can be a chore for some little kids. The concept of practice is new to children and therefore, having some sort of reward system can serve as motivation for your child to keep up with the lessons. It is never good to force them into a new daily routine, which is why baby steps are needed. Gradually, as they start going for more lessons, they will get used to practicing and maybe even spark a passion for music itself.
Learning music is not only about knowing how to play the instrument, but also knowing how to read music sheets. Basic music theory requires the ability to read and also write. Sight-reading, is the practice of reading and performing of a piece of song in a music notation. Reading music is like learning a whole other language, which is why it would be best to start young. But having basic literacy skills is definitely needed to even start learning music theory.
Zoe is an avid fan of all kinds of music. Her primary instrument is the guitar but she is always passionately learning how to play other instruments such as the drums and keyboard. She is currently playing the bass guitar in a band and has been routinely involved in music since she was a child.
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