Whether it is music appreciation classes or lessons that actually teach your child to play an instrument, music education can start at the very early age of 3. By the third year of their life, children become able to appreciate music, to distinguish the sound of various instruments and to respond to music with emotions, being able to pick the tunes that they like and to communicate negative feelings if they don’t like a melody.
If you are considering enrolling your baby into a music class, here are a few more details that you should know about.
How to Start
If you want to start your child’s music education when he or she is still in toddler age, the best way is to find an early music program. These programs introduce the pleasure of listening and making music while also taking into consideration age-specific features, such as short attention span or the inability to sit still for long periods. During the lessons, the children learn about rhythm and harmony and they explore the sounds of the different instruments in a playful way, in the presence of a qualified instructor who loves children, loves music and knows how to capture the attention of young learners. In most cases, the child’s immersion into the world of music takes place in the presence of the parent – in other words, you can enjoy listening to music and exploring instruments together with your baby, so early music lessons are great opportunities to spend quality time with your child.
Learning an Instrument
The earliest age when children can start learning how to play a musical instrument is around the age of .5. The reason why most music teachers recommend parents to wait until their babies are 5 is that by this age hand-eye coordination is almost fully developed and 5 years old children are able to focus on repetitive activities as well.There a many opportunities for piano, guitar or drum lessons in Denver. Check out local music schools, or music teachers at your local schools to see who may be interested in providing these types of services to the community
The instrument that is usually recommended for young beginner learners is the piano because the keys on the instrument are larger and easier to hit, while string instruments, such as the guitar or the violin are more difficult to hold properly as well as to play with those tiny fingers. However, when choosing the right instrument for your child, it is very important to pay attention to what your child wants. We have all met adults telling stories about being forced by their parents to play an instrument, about how much they hated the music lessons, the teacher and the instrument as well and how strongly that early experience marked them.
If you don’t want your child to hate learning how to play music, let him or her pick the instrument. The personality of the music teacher is also very important, so you should choose an instructor who specializes in working with young children, who knows how to combine formal lessons with play and how to make the transition between enjoying music and playing music a process that is enjoyable and rewarding for the child.