Whether your little tyke attends a general music appreciation class or learns actual techniques, she’ll benefit a lot from the exposure to music. The majority of children absolutely adore music and many studies have shown that it enhances their lives by a great deal.
Why should young children take music lessons?
Research from Concordia University and the Montreal Neurological Institute states that beginning piano or guitar lessons before children reach seven years of age leads to changes in the brain that are linked to higher motor skills. These developments don’t occur in those who learn music when they grow older.
A similar study from Northwestern University recorded the auditory brainstem responses of university students in response to complex sounds. Those who had music classes during their childhood years had better responses, where their brains were more adept at picking out essential factors, such as pitch, during testing. These results happened even in students who ended lessons several years ago.
When is the right age to start music lessons?
Here are some guidelines that parents can follow. Keep in mind that this varies depending on the child’s level and the advice of the music teacher:
0 – 3 years old
When very young children are exposed to music and instruments, the goal is not to master them but to develop great relationships with music and to experience the thrill of learning. During this stage, lessons shouldn’t be too formal. Many parents can guide their kids by raising them in a musical environment. Simple activities such as dancing, musical games or playing an instrument for the child are great ways to introduce them to music.
3 – 5 years old
Systematic classes and more formal lessons tend to be held once a child turns three years old. The goal is still to develop skills such as identifying melodies, instruments or musical beats. Once your child reaches the age of five, a foundation has already been built to prepare them for actual music classes. Piano and violin are the most common instruments being taught and played during this age, but many children have learned the guitar or recorder with great success.
One thing’s for sure, and that’s pushing children to take lessons when they’re too young can make them resent music classes in the future. Allow them to have fun, experiment and enjoy their young age. Once they’re ready for more formal classes, make sure their instructors work well with young tykes and know how to keep the classes fun and enjoyable.
Cardon Studios takes pride in our music lessons for children. This class prioritizes the wonders of creative expression, listening skills and appreciation of music. Your child will enjoy fun afternoons filled with musical activities that range from hands-on education to instruction through imaginary play.