“My child is 5 years old and is reading. I think she’s ready for
Before you rush out and buy that baby grand piano, STOP!
There are many elements that comprise readiness for private instrumental lessons. Remember, music learning is a cognitive, emotional, physical and social experience. Here are some things to consider before taking the leap:
- Fine motor skills: Can my child manipulate and coordinate hands, feet and mouth with ease?
- Gross motor skills: Can my child move his/her body to a steady beat?
- Expanded focus: Can my child sit for a 30 minute lesson, listen to instruction and multi-task?
- Self-motivation: Does my child WANT to learn an instrument? Emotionally ready?
- Self-discipline: Will my child willingly practice every day for the required time?
- Cognitive skills: Is my child reading? Left to right notation reading?
This is why I value the Musikgarten Musik Makers sequence for ages 4 -9 years. The program encompasses all of these aspects, giving children the room to grow and hone the above skills. In my experience, pushing a child before he/she is ready will only backfire later. The consequences of a premature start may not be seen until later years when they experience frustration, a declining interest and essentially burnout. So RELAX! Take the time to ENJOY the music. In order to create a lifelong lover and learner of music, READINESS IS KEY.