(Written by Lucy J) If your child starts to express an interest in a musical instrument, you may wonder if and when you should start music lessons. Some parents believe that lessons should be started right away while others believe they should wait until their child is sure about their interest.
In order to decide whether or not you should start your child on music lessons, use the following tips to help you.
- Are they really interested?
Just because your toddler is dragging around the play guitar doesn’t mean that they long to play the guitar. Children are naturally curious, and they also tire of things more easily than adults. Because of this, you want to make sure that your child is truly interested in learning how to play an instrument and not just interested in it for the day.
Pay attention to how often your child talks about the instrument or how often they’re playing around with it on their own. You should also pay attention to whether or not your child is trying to take the lesson initiative on their own by downloading videos or visiting websites that teach them how to read sheet music. If it seems as if your child really wants to learn, then lessons are a good idea.
- Does it fit in their schedule?
Some children today are already very busy with sports and other extra curricular activities, and you’ll want to make sure that lessons are something that can fit into their schedule without being another thing to wear them out. If your child already has something to do every day of the week, then you may want to hold off on adding in lessons until another club, hobby or team is over. This way, your child can spend more time focusing on learning and not bouncing from one thing to the other.
- Are they old enough to learn?
Some parents will start giving their child music lessons when they’re a toddler, and while young children can grasp new tasks more quickly than older children, music lessons may be too difficult for your child to handle if they’re too young. Toddlers are still developing their coordination, and their minds are not ready to sit still and learn how to play an instrument with a real teacher.
Children around the age of seven or eight are at the best stage of their life to start taking lessons because their minds are still willing to absorb a variety of information and they can knowingly tell you if taking lessons is something that they really want to do.
- Will your child stick with it?
There are some children who simply cannot finish anything to save their life, and if your child falls into this category, then you may want to hold off. For example, if you’ve signed your child up for a variety of clubs, teams or organizations and they have quit shortly after it all began, then you may not want to waste your money on lessons unless you know that your child will finish (or if you force them too). Paying for music lessons is not cheap, and you may want your child to prove that they’ll actually finish taking them before spending the money on it.
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