What's the right age to start music lessons?
The most important thing to bear in mind is not to start too early, nor too late. The sweet spot for a child learning a musical instrument and to read music is between 5 and 9. But that doesn't mean that learning and enjoying music shouldn't start earlier.
All children enjoy music. And all children benefit from music. When your child is ready for a musical instrument and a more structured musical playground, they will let you know.
Do they show an interest in music? If you have a child who really responds to music, through dancing or clapping, that’s a sure sign that it’s time to channel that interest. W hen they're ready, we recommend The Right Instrument for Your Child by Atarah Ben-Tovim and Douglas Boyd.
We know the educational and developmental benefits of rhythm and song for children , and the joy to be found in listening to music. As they pass the 3-year mark, their attention span and curiosity are growing, and it is a good time to begin expanding their musical horizons. Children will grow into the physical dexterity needed for complex instruments - the size and manual dexterity for stringed instruments, and the breathing control for brass and woodwind instruments.
From 3 upwards, before they are ready for these instruments, we can introduce children to music playing AND reading with Soundbops. It's a real instrument that is easy for small hands to play, and a system designed by educators to teach the basic building blocks of music. Your child can get a head-start in music in a rich musical environment setting the foundations for learning instruments. Soundbops can show them how to follow a beat, sing and play songs, explore different instruments, music improvisation and identify basic note reading and rhythmic patterns.
|Soundbops||3 and up|
|Drums||7 and up|