At what age can a child start piano lessons?

Parents and teachers alike ask, at what age can a child start piano lessons?

Kids can start formal music training as early as age 3, when brain circuits for learning music mature. In fact, studies at the University of California suggest that taking music lessons at age 3 can increase your child’s brainpower.     –BabyCenter

There are multiple studies demonstrating that 3 years old is the best time to start piano lessons. This can differ between boys and girls, but usually 3 or 4 years old is a wonderful age to begin. On my own website I specify that I teach ages 4-adult; however, I have and do work with children as young as 2 ½ years old. Every child is different, so there are special cases where my age floor is too old and too young.

There is a growing (and convincing) body of research that indicates a “window of opportunity” from birth to age nine for developing a musical sensibility within children. During this time, the mental structures and mechanisms associated with processing and understanding music are in the prime stages of development, making it of utmost importance to expose children in this age range to music.     –PBSParents

Language is developing in a child from birth through approximately age 7. Music is a language! Therefore, music lessons should certainly be started by 7 years old in order to reap all of the educational, developmental and academic benefits.

Starting piano lessons before the age of seven may turbo-charge the brain. A study found that learning to play a musical instrument seems to strengthen the brain – with the biggest benefits found in those who began lessons while still very young.     –DailyMail

The important piece for parents is to find a piano teacher who believes in piano lessons for very young students. Some teachers say not to begin lesson until 5, 8 or even 10; however, these are usually simply teachers who are not trained in teaching piano lessons for young children. Suzuki piano teachers are usually your best option for nurturing, quality piano lessons for young children.

Interested in piano lessons for your child? Wondering if your child is old enough to begin lessons? Contact Mrs. Brenner below.