All parents enjoy it when their kids learn and grow in a variety of areas. They want their children to do well in school and have success in endeavors outside of school. We all hope that our kids will have more opportunities than we did. Learning music is important for all children. Music education has been shown to improve kids’ performance in academic studies and other areas of their lives. This is true whether they become skilled at a particular instrument or if they just learn the basics, such as reading and making music. It helps them learn discipline and develop an appreciation for all arts. When parents are considering music lessons for children, they commonly ask what age is appropriate to begin these lessons.
The truth is that there is no one time that is right for every child. Most schools will offer some type of music class beginning at fourth or fifth grade, and this is a great way to get initial exposure. However, at some point it is a good idea to offer them private lessons. But just when is the right time? Start by evaluating how well you child is doing in school and finding out what their interest level in music is. If they are doing well in school, always interested in learning new things and up for another challenge, the time could be right. Also, if they’re interested in music specifically, that’s a good sign. Starting it when they are enthusiastic and genuinely interested is much better than waiting until they are teenagers who are apt to balk and think it childish.
Communicating with your child is important too. Children need to understand that music lessons must be taken every bit as seriously as school. Private music lessons are expensive, both in terms of money and time. Make sure your child knows that you take it seriously enough to invest that time and money. Discipline and motivation are essential to successful education in music or anything else. Your child will have to practice regularly, just like doing homework. If it seems that your child is likely ready to get started in some type of music lessons, the next step is determining what type of instrument they wish to pursue. If they have obtained a good basic knowledge of theory at school, then they may be able to take up any instrument. If your child is particularly interested in one instrument, he will be motivated to practice and work hard. If she’s willing to consider more options, many experts recommend studying piano for at least a year before moving on to another instrument. This will give them a good groundwork to build off of.
When they do start, they will need constant support, and prodding encouragement. Parents need to help their children practice consistently. If they know that you are interested in their lessons and their practice, they’ll stay motivated to keep working at it. Stay involved and talk to their teacher about how you can help. Remember, practice makes perfect, and every new thing takes time to learn.
As time goes by, you will need to stay observant of your child and how they are doing. If they’ve completely lost interest and they don’t enjoy it anymore, it may be time to consider letting them do something else instead. On the other hand, they may discover that music is their passion and continue taking lessons for years. Keep in mind that most children will have learning bumps and humps to get over, and it is not fun to practice all the time. Sometimes all they need is a little praise and support to get over the hump before it becomes something that they can excel at and love.