Are you looking to sign your child up for music lessons? Have you though about what instrument would be a good introduction to music for your child? Piano and guitar are the most popular form of instrument for beginners, however, there are is a huge range of musical instruments that kids or teens can learn quite easily with the help of a music tutor, by taking weekly music lessons or through attending a music academy after school.
Below is a list of instruments with difficulty meters and general information for you to consider before you commit your child to learning a particular musical instrument.
Most kids will be ready begin piano lessons from age 5 1/2 +, or from whenever your child shows a keen interest in playing the piano which can be as young as 3! Make sure your child's hand is big enough to comfortably stretch across five keys on the piano. Kids who learn the piano at a young age will soon develop the neccesary understanding of basic music concepts which will make the transition to other musical instruments much easier!
Studying music develops discipline, hand-eye coordination, intelligence, and creates a skill that can bring happiness to both the performer and to all who listen. According to a recent article in the LA Times, 6-year-olds who received keyboard instruction had more brain growth and better fine motor skills than their peers. Piano lessons are such a great thing, why not get started as soon as possible?
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What age can kids begin to learn the guitar? Or restated, is there such thing as being “too young” to learn the guitar?
At the surface this is really a simple question to answer: there is no such thing as “too young” as long as the kid is personally motivated to learn. But if you dig a little deeper you’ll find that the answer is a little bit more complicated than that.
What age should you consider getting drumming lessons for your child? By all accounts, around 7 years old is a good age marker to start drum lessons. According to drummercafe.com, children under the age of 7 are not developmentally ready to learn the drums. Also, children younger than age 7 can have short attention spans which can drift during a drumming lesson which requires concentration. If kids can't concentrate on keeping beat and creating a fun rhythm, then their enthusiasm for learning may wane.
Most parents would love for their child to become a music prodigy but most often, either they start their child too young or they push too hard and the child sees it as a chore rather than a joy. Generally speaking, most children can learn to play violin by the age of three and some even younger if they show a keen interest in learning the violin. It is important to introduce children to the concept in a fun learning environment where they will associate learning the violin as a source a happiness rather than homework.
Most children can learn a tune on the tin whistle pretty easily from any age. When children attend Primary school, the tin whistle or the recorder are standard instruments which may be used in music class. If you find that your child has a gift for the tin whistle or if they would like to learn how to play the tin whistle to a higher standard then you know they are ready for tin whistle lessons.
The clarinet is a good instrument to follow on fro the tin whistle. The clarinet does require more discipline and is not as easily gratifying as the tin whistle so your child should express a keen interest in learning the clarinet before you consider lessons. As the clarinet can be physically demanding as an instrument, children from the age of age would be better suited to learning this instrument.
Like the clarinet, the flute requires a little more maturity and discipline on the children's part to learn how to play the flute successfully. Around 7 or 8 is a good age to start flute lessons, although children who have learned how to play the recorder from a young age will have a profound advantage.
According to learningthecello.com, "a child who loves music, who is approximately 9 years old and who has had some piano lessons and some choral training" is the ideal candidate for learning the cello. It's OK for most children to start the violin at age 5 or 6 because the child can stand and sway and balance on their feet and the instrument need only fit the arm length. With the cello, you have to take into account the torso length, the arm length and the hip to knee length. Finding the right shape/size of cello that will allow for freedom of movement can be very difficult. The younger the student, the more important it is to have an excellent teacher who can spot and remedy potential problems.
Children as young as three can learn how to play the fiddle, much like the violin! Of course, as we said before, it is important for the child to show an interest in learning the fiddle before you start lessons. Due to the lively nature of the fiddle, it would be advantageous to enrol your child into a traditional music class group so that they can have fun with other kids their own age as they learn.
Again, the bodhran is a musical instrument which requires dedication from a student to learn how to play it successfully. If you find your child has a real knack for playing the bodhran, then lessons can begin at any age!
The banjo is an instrument which requires a certain amount of dexterity so we would suggest the child has already learned how to write and hold a pencil correctly before you start lessons. Children who have already learned the guitar will obviously have an advantage when it comes to learning how to play the banjo. In general, children should be ready for banjo lessons between the ages of 6 and 8.
According to Musika.com, "the best age to start saxophone lessons varies, mostly determined by the size of the student and which type of the saxophone they are interested in. We typically recommend seven or eight as the minimum starting age for saxophone lessons. Alto saxophones are best suited for younger students due to their size, roughly two feet in length. The alto sax is also the most popular type of saxophone for beginners, due to its compact size and lower weight.....The baritone sax is around four feet in length and thus is frequently too large for students until they are a little older, usually at least age 9 or 10. The baritone sax is also more expensive to purchase and rent, so keep that in mind before starting a complete beginner out on this instrument."
Many teachers recommend that the best age to start viola lessons is around age 5 or 6.
According to celticharper.com, " because harp technique is a little more complicated than some instruments initially (e.g. piano, recorder), I generally recommend a minimum starting age of around 6-8 years old, depending on how co-ordinated a child is and what kind of attention span they have."