Is your child a budding Mozart or AR Rehman? Are the little fingers ready to pick up an instrument yet? Let us find out!
The common dilemma that most young parents face at some point of their kids growth is whether it is too early for a 3-year-old to grasp rhythm and learn an instrument or the right time.
Before diving into facts and discussion, we need to keep in mind that our focus for early music lessons should be to help them in learning to appreciate music.
When should we start?
According to most experts, the right age to start music lessons is 3 to 4 years, as that is when the brain circuits responsible for understanding and learning music mature.
A 3-year-old child can recognize a pattern of rhythm and memorize a melody. So whether you want to tap their interests in music or just teach them to appreciate it, the trick lies in starting early.
Some benefits of early music lessons include-
- Great way to boost your child’s brain development, according to the University of California.
- Music is proven to improve concentration and self-expression in kids.
- It cultivates social and physical skills
- Improves discipline and patience
- Fun activity for parents and kids to enjoy together and bond better.
Where to start?
There are diverse opinions for the question about which instrument or what kind of music should be taught to beginners.
Some say you should wait to teach an instrument until the kid is old enough to choose the instrument of his/her liking. They believe that pushing a child to take lessons can make them hate or dislike it forever. Yet others suggest that sooner you introduce music to your kids the better foundation is laid for future.
While the answer depends on an individual child and varies from case to case, it is best to concentrate on fostering a love of music.
Here are some considerations to keep in mind when looking for a music lessons for your young ones-
- Look for beginners program that teaches them to enjoy and love music
- Introduce music, rhythm and pitch and develop music sensibility
- Help them in identifying instruments
- Teach them to relate the story by singing and develop an association between the two.
- Can attend online classes as early as 2.5 years
- Find the right instrument based on factors like age, musical preference, body growth of child sand cost.
- For training on instruments, most music teachers opine that a preschooler of age 3-5 can learn keyboard or flute.
- Your child can begin formal training in music and most instruments when they are a little older. Recommended age – 5+ years
- To play a piano, violin, and stringed instruments, you will have to wait for the child’s hands to grow little bigger and be able to sit and concentrate for a longer duration. Recommended age – 5+ years
- Guitar, brass instruments and drums need your child to be much stronger. Recommended age – 7+ years.
While these are more general guidelines and varies depending on child’s interest, early exposure to music ensures that a strong foundation has been laid.
Do not force your child to the limit where he or she starts hating an instrument or class. Be patient, he is just a kid and showing anxiety will make him/her lose confidence.