How Young Is Too Young? Starting At The Right Age
Adults can start any instrument at any time. Their success if based on how willing an adult is to commit to practicing. We teach many beginner students in their 60′s and 70′s.
For children, starting at the right age is a key element to the success of their lessons.
18 months to 5 Years Old:
If a preschooler has a keen desire and loves music, a preschool music class will give them a good foundation in music basics, which will give them an advantage in later lessons. At this age, group lessons generally work as the child experiences the formal learning environment of kindergarten or school, and learn most effectively through the games oriented preschool environment. We offer Music FunTime, an innovative and proven early childhood curriculum, for kids 18 months to 7 years old. Voted BEST preschool and young child music program bySuburban Family Magazine three years in a row! Children 18 months to 7 years can learn to read music notation and symbols, play instruments, and learn the fundamentals of music theory, while fostering their ability to grasp math and science as they develop. Click here for more information about Music FunTime.
At our school, 5 years old is the youngest age that we start children in private piano lessons. At this age, they have begun to develop longer attention spans and can retain material with ease.
Guitar (Acoustic, Electric, Bass):
Seven years old is the earliest we recommend for guitar lessons. Guitar playing requires a fair amount of pressure on the fingertips from pressing on the strings. Children under seven generally have small hands and may find playing uncomfortable. Bass guitar students generally are 8 years and older.
Nine years old is recommended as the youngest age for private vocal lessons, due to the physical nature of voice lessons (proper breathing techniques, development of the vocal chords and lung capacity). The younger body is generally not ready for the rigors of serious vocal technique.
The average age of our youngest drum student is seven. This varies greatly depending on the size of the child. They have to be able to reach both the pedals and the cymbals.
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone and other Woodwinds:
Due to lung capacity (and in the case of saxophone, the size of the instrument), we recommend that most woodwind beginners are 8 and older.
We accept violin students from the age of five. Experience has shown us the most productive learning occurs when the beginner is 5 or older.
Trumpet, Trombone and Brass Instruments:
The trumpet & trombone require physical exertion and lung power. 8 years and older is a good time to start these instruments.
For Ages 8 to 18, Rock University is a 3 hour weekly band rehearsal group where students put their knowledge to practical use. These are not one on one lessons so guitar and keyboard players need to know their basic chords, be able to change chords in rhythm, and drummers need to be able to keep a steady beat. A fun way to boost playing skills and get valuable on-stage experience. Click here to learn more about Rock U.