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There are many stories of mothers playing or listening to music while pregnant, and there is evidence that this music was heard and remembered by the babies they were carrying. In my own experience, when my wife was carrying our second son, we attended a nephew's band concert - and my wife felt a definite response to the band's drum section - every time they played, the baby started kicking! We decided to play classical guitar music for him in utero through headphones placed on her abdomen, and he came into the world very familiar with guitar sounds, and this began a lifelong enjoyment of guitar music!



Private Music Lessons for Kids by Jim McCutcheon

For very young children, private music lessons are not necessarily the best way to start. Children 7 and younger can often benefit from classes which teach some very fundamental concepts of music such as a steady beat, fast and slow, up and down, loud and soft. At this early age, children also absorb a great deal of the teacher's own attitudes toward music, so a teacher's personality is very important in the selection process. Hopefully, skills learned in early childhood will be "automatic" when the child begins playing an instrument such as the guitar or piano, and at that point, the child will be able to focus all attention on the technique of the instrument.

As with many questions dealing with parenting, exactly when to start lessons requires some careful consideration. It varies a great deal depending upon several factors, including:

  • the child's mental and physical development: Can your child focus on an activity for more than two minutes? The first grade year usually marks enormous progress in a child's ability to do many things associated with music lessons, such as listening, following directions, and paying attention to one thing for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • the availability of one or both parents to work with the child on a daily basis: Children benefit from their parents' attention when practicing. Many styles of teaching music, such as the Suzuki method, even require a parent to play an active, positive role in the child's daily practice sessions.
  • the availability of a teacher who has both the musical knowledge as well as the ability to interact with young children: A teacher for small children must have both of these skill sets, and many music teachers lack experience, training or desire to work with very young children.
  • family finances: Is the cost of lessons for a preschooler a workable expense for the family budget
  • which instrument the child wants to play: Some instruments, like the trumpet, are best started at about the 5th grade since they require a fair amount of physical strength to produce a tone. Instruments such as piano, guitar, violin and percussion are much easier for young children to play.
  • the availability of a properly-sized instrument to fit the child: Many instruments, such as guitar, violin, and cello are available in sizes to fit very small children, even three-year-olds! Others, like woodwinds, are not, and the small size of a child's hands and arms will definitely make it impossible to play even the simplest melodies.

Depending upon your family dynamics, one excellent indicator of a child's readiness to take music lessons seriously is persistence in bugging parents about it over a long period of time. If your child has been asking "When can I start to play the..." for six months to a year, this is GOOD! By repeatedly asking for lessons, a child will reinforce the desire to learn an instrument.



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