This is a question that all parents who want to get their little ones involved in music ask themselves at one point or another. Being a music school, you can imagine that we have come across this question on multiple occasions, and so we thought it would be beneficial to share the answers with the wider world in this blog article. We hope you find it helpful!
The Two Things to Consider
There are two main things to consider when deciding whether or not your child is ready for music lessons: their cognitive (or mental) readiness and their physical readiness.
Best Age to Start Music Lessons Based on Instrument
Best Age to Start Piano Lessons
Five is the minimum recommended age for starting piano lessons. At this age, most children have enough cognitive capacity and self-awareness for formal piano instruction. For this age group, lessons up to and no longer than 30 minutes per day are ideal.
Best Age to Start Guitar Lessons
Six is the minimum recommended age for beginning guitar lessons. At this age, most children will be mature enough cognitively to sit through a music lesson but also grown enough physically to be able to press guitar frets and pluck the strings. As with piano, lessons no longer than 30 minutes are recommended for this age group.
Best Age to Start Drum Lessons
As with guitar, six is the minimum recommended age for starting drum lessons. In addition to having enough cognitive maturity, most six-year-olds are not also grown enough to have a comfortable reach around the drums to be able to play. Lessons up to 30 minutes are ideal for this age group.
Best Age to Start Voice Lessons
Music Classes for Toddlers
Importance of Exposure to Music
Remember, even if your child is not old enough for private lessons and you don’t have an opportunity to enroll them in toddler music classes, you can always expose them to music at home! Numerous studies have shown that children who are constantly exposed to music as babies and toddlers go on to display a much better and deeper understanding and connection with music than those who are not.