When is a child ready to start music lessons on an instrument?

Are you considering piano lessons for your budding virtuoso? Are you itching to buy a tiny violin for your under-6-year-old to take lessons and become a prodigy? Here are some ideas to check out together to see if s/he is ready for lessons.

ARE THEY ASKING?

One really good indicator of lesson readiness — is your child asking for lessons? If not, it is good to first try some general musical activities first to gauge interest. For some ideas, read on.

High/Low, Fast/Slow, Loud/Soft

Explore high and low…


So many choices! How to make some sense of which piano or keyboard is a good choice for your budding musician.

There are a lot of choices in keyboards and pianos these days! The prices can range from super cheap to super expensive. The features can range from nothing to hundreds. Here are some ideas to help you narrow down the choices and pick what suits you.

An acoustic piano

Pros: nothing beats the feel and sound of a real piano, very sturdy, nice piece of furniture

Cons: heavy and large therefore difficult to move repeatedly if you are not…


SHOULD YOU PUT STICKERS ON OUR KEYBOARD TO HELP LEARN THE LETTER NAMES OF THE PIANO/KEYBOARD KEYS?

You’ve just bought an electric keyboard or acoustic piano. You’re contemplating lessons, YouTube how-to videos, and apps on your tablet for you or your child. You’re thinking — stickers on the keys, won’t they be so helpful?

DON’T DO IT!

Even though putting note name stickers on the keys seems like a fun and easy way to get started with no stress, it turns out that stickers are terrible crutch, and hard to discard once you get started with them. …

Lori C Evans

Piano teacher, musician, composer, poet, children’s lit writer

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