Music Lessons

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Instructors and parents generally agree that children often provide clues concerning musical interests. Pre-school youngsters may become fascinated with the piano at Grandma's house or with an old guitar lying around the house. At this age, there are a variety of children's instruments that parents may introduce. A tambourine allows children to learn about rhythm. A xylophone provides the chance to create or mimic a simple tune.

Additionally, there are small child-sized pianos and keyboards having color-coded or numbered keys that come with booklets, which provide a child with the opportunity to learn basic skills. Many instructors have witnessed that children introduced to this type of piano, and allowed to leisurely learn and play, often demonstrate an enduring interest in taking music lessons and playing the piano when older. If children are pushed into taking formal lessons before the age of around 5 or 6, they often become frustrated and overwhelmed.

The recorder, a plastic flute-like instrument is another option for young children. Youngsters may begin playing when little fingers capably cover the holes. Once gaining experience with a recorder, kids often progress to the flute or clarinet. However, parents should wait until a child's permanent teeth come in before allowing a student to play wind instruments secondary to the pressure applied to the front teeth. Young children might also learn to play the guitar or violin at this age.

Private Lessons

Once a child seems mature enough to learn to read music and play the piano, or any other instrument, private music lessons offer many advantages. During the one-on-one communication that occurs between student and instructor, the child has the benefit of learning at their own pace while having the full attention of the teacher. The child naturally absorbs more information, and this relationship also provides instructors with the chance to focus on the child's strengths and weaknesses. The length and frequency of each lesson depends on the age of the student.

Practice Time

Learning a musical instrument requires practice. However, if not handled appropriately, practice becomes an unpleasant chore that leads to disagreements between child and parent. Help children develop a normal routine by scheduling practice sessions for the same time each day. For young children, limit the time to around 15 minutes. If a child seems more interested in watching the clock than actually practicing, use repetition methods instead. Have the child repeat a learned exercise for 4 times, for example, and maybe require them to play a particular scale 4 or 5 times during a practice session.