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What is the best age to start music lessons?

How young is too young? Children love music. We’ve all seen toddlers, barely able to walk, start dancing and light up with joy when they hear a song that they like. It’s an innate passion that we are all born with. Can my 2/3 year old take private music lessons? We get this question a lot and after working with thousands of students for over a decade, we’ve seen what works and what doesn’t. Typically, children at this age are not ready for structured music lessons. They lack the attention span to sit and focus for 30 minutes or an hour and are easily bored and frustrated. The last thing you want to do is turn a child off of music because of a bad experience at such an early age. Starting private lessons at the right age can be the difference between developing a life-long love of music and a student washing out of classes after just a few months!

When should you start your child in private lessons? The short answer is to start when they’re excited about an instrument! Some kids can be ready as early as 4. Most kids are ready by 6.

Regardless, it’s important that you find a teacher who has experience teaching your child’s age group. They need to know how to deal with the inevitable challenges and which curriculum to use. It’s a very different skill to teach a four year old than it is to teach a seven year old. That’s why experience matters.

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