What is a good age for my child to start lessons?

  •    We typically do not accept students unless they are at least 5 years old and have had at least 1 month of formal school (Kindergarten or higher). Most children who are younger than this do not yet understand the teacher-student relationship in a formal setting and find sitting at a piano or with their violin for an extended period of time exhausting. Starting them too young then results in a negative experience around learning an instrument which can stay with them even after they are old enough to find learning enjoyable. The best way to introduce young children to music is through exploration and play. For this reason we offer a free music time at the local toy store Henry Bear's Park on Thursdays at 11:30 and a free drum circle at 12-noon on Saturdays in the studio. These are drop in classes so feel free to just stop in or call the store or studio to confirm the class is going to happen.
  • We do make exceptions for some students who wish to start earlier than 5 years old. These students must meet the following criteria. If you feel your child does meet the criteria, feel free to reach out to us to schedule an assessment:
    • The child has specifically requested learning the instrument.
    • The child is capable of sitting with an adult for more than 20 minutes (without access to an iPad or television).
    • The child can write the alphabet, unassisted from A-G (does not need to be neat, backwards letters are ok).

Can someone be too old to learn to play an instrument?

  • Nope! We have successfully taught many adults to play. We have many students who have chosen to take up lessons as adults, and even have begun only after their retirement. Adults are often quicker learners than children as they have fully developed fine motor skills and can understand the logic used behind writing and playing music. The hardest aspect of learning an instrument as an adult is finding the time to practice. Successful adult students set aside 10-15 minutes each day to play and have found a way of including practice in their daily routine.


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