With a guest cry on her father’s music track “Glory”, Blue Ivy became the youngest person to ever hit the Billboard Top 200; not to mention having Beyoncé for a mother, and Jay-Z for a father. She’s got music in her genes, so it’s no surprise to hear she was playing the drums at the Grammy rehearsals. However, it did make me stop and think. What age is an appropriate age to introduce an instrument? To help instill a love of music in your child, remember these five helpful tips.
Every child is unique.
Yes, musical prodigies can be discovered young. However, it’s important not to push an instrument onto a child. This will only lead to resentment or music to be considered a chore.
Instrument choices are typically dependent on age.
Violin and piano are the most common two instrument choices for young children because they offer a foundation for your child to build upon if/when they move on to another instrument.
Encourage your child.
Whether helping your child to just get a feel for the instrument or supporting them as they progress, encouragement is a vital part of a successful music program.
Make sure the commitment is there.
If you know you can’t make the lessons, don’t start them. Learning an instrument takes time and commitment; both need to be there before taking it on. If either you or your child cannot put forth the effort, then you should wait until you can.
Don’t rush it.
One of the worst things you can do is start your child in formal music training before they are ready. It’s better to wait, then to push the lessons early on and only have the child give up in frustration. Make sure your child is ready. Remember, just because Sally’s daughter started piano at age 5 doesn’t mean your child will be ready at that age.
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