Very often parents want to know at what age their child can begin music lessons, so here are some thoughts about that to help parents make a good decision in regards to this. Certainly, at age five, a child is probably starting to learn their alphabet and the musical alphabet is much simpler since it only goes to the letter G.
There are, however, many more considerations when you are talking about learning music skills. One basic consideration is how long can your child sit still? The other very important consideration is what instrument will the child start with. For any child as young as five, the piano is a good choice to start out on. The piano has a much less involved technique than many other instruments and the keys are all laid out in plain sight, so it is a very good instrument to get a good visual on where the notes are and which way is 'up' and which way is 'down.'
For this reason, the piano is a good instrument to start music lessons on and then maybe switching to another instrument of choice after a year or so. The piano allows relatively easy learning of the music basics that can then be carried over to another instrument. For a very young person to learn an instrument such as the violin, say, they would have to learn music basics as well as learning the rather complicated technique of the violin.
Many people have the idea that the sooner they start a child, the better but, if the child cannot get the technique of an instrument correctly, they will just develop a lot of wrong habits that will be arduous to correct later on, if this is even possible. Children at very young ages also simply do not have the physical strength to get the technique right on many instruments; the violin requires a great deal of strength from the left arm and the hand must bend up and over the fingerboard in a way that feels quite difficult and awkward in the beginning, even for an adult. Brass instruments such as trumpets or horns are definitely not for children under a certain age.
When the child is quite young, the piano might work but also be aware that the lessons are not going to be like they are for older students. It's important that the child learn to enjoy music so they may derive a great deal out of musical learning games. Their progress will be much slower that older children but this is alright.
In summary, if your child has an interest in a specific instrument or you have plans for them to play a particular instrument, a good guideline is to start them on piano at about age five and then switch to the preferred instrument after a year or two. Who knows? They may fall in love with the piano!
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