Children love music, and it’s important to nurture your child’s creativity. That means that if they are attracted to a musical instrument, it can be beneficial to you as a parent and beneficial to them as an inquisitive child to allow them the chance to follow their passion.
One of the most popular musical instruments to learn is the piano. The piano can be fun to learn at any age, but it’s a great thing to start as a child. Many piano teachers prefer that children do not start before the age of five.
Piano Lessons for Kids
At five and older, the children are better able to focus, they are more developed for concentrating and for working the keys on the piano. This doesn’t mean that you might not have a little Mozart that can play amazingly at a younger age, but it’s better to let them explore on their own at that age instead of spending money on classes.
At too young of an age, a child’s hands may be too small for the keys on a standard sized piano. They also won’t have the control and dexterity needed in order to work the keys properly. This can lead to frustration for all parties involved, but mostly for you and your child. That’s just another reason to be patient and wait for them to grow a little.
Buy your young child a toy piano that they can bang around on until they are ready to sit still and learn. Don’t keep them from their passions just because they haven’t reached the right age for formal training.
Once it’s time to search for piano teachers, you will be able to choose between inhome or instudio classes and there is plenty of information online for both. Talk to other parents that have taken their children to lessons. Search for a teacher that is known to work well with children your child’s age.
You don’t need to rush into signing them up for lessons. Take some time to explore and find the best teacher for your money.
You’ll also find that you can make the option of finding a piano teacher that will do lessons in your own home, if you have a piano. Another option is taking your child to their home or studio. Some parents may feel safer with a teacher that has a studio with a store front. This is, however, another reason to do a little research on teachers before picking the right one.
There are plenty of sites online that offer recommendations for piano teachers in your area. They would be able to give you the names of trusted teachers, which would go a long way in easing any fears you might have for your child’s safety.
Once classes start, if you find you have a little virtuoso on your hands and you don’t have a piano in your own home, you may want to invest in one. You can choose from a new or used piano. You want to make sure that you pick one that fits in with your space and decor in your home. Most importantly, you want to insure that you buy a piano in good working order or you’ll be spending most of your investment getting it fixed and tuned up instead of allowing your child to explore their talent and musical passion.
Today’s partnered post is provided by outside contributor, Sara Stringer.*Photo credit Michael Schrempp