Other signs that your child is ready to take piano lessons
Learning any instrument requires a capacity of concentration for longer period of times. Although there are techniques to keep the kids entertained, a piano lesson requires a good level of concentration for about 30 minutes. If your kids get distracted easily, it might be better to wait a bit longer before starting piano lessons.
Playing the piano should be fun, like playing any other instrument. However, to fully enjoying the instrument, the children need to practice and repeat the same piece of music over and over again. Do they enjoy practicing? If they are keen on getting better at anything they do, they will love practicing too!
Some children love to do things well, others are creative and hyperactive. Piano playing requires sitting and concentration, so it is considered a better instrument for reserved and quiet children, more than guitar or drums, for instance.
Do they like the sound of the piano? Are they attracted by music with leading piano parts? Children can gain and lose interest pretty easily, but if they show a strong interest for an instruments, its sound and the music you can play with it, you have more chances that they’d love to learn the piano even at an early age.
All these are good sign that our children have reached the right age to start piano lessons.
Is It Ever Too Late?
If you were taking notice during the intro, you already know the answer – it is, of course: absolutely not. Anyone who really wants to learn the piano and is willing to put in the time to practice can learn as quickly or even quicker than a younger child in those most influential years. (Especially if that child doesn’t really like playing in the first place.)
As we get older, it is not only our bodies that get less flexible, but also our brains! But, at the same time, our ability to focus, conceptualise and stubbornly persevere can most definitely increase. Your determination and tenacity to excel on the piano is a gift. If you possess it – why not start now?
What a lot of people forget post-childhood is that they’re actually really good at lots of things. They’ve mastered their native language (and maybe some non-native ones along the way), they can do mathematics, developed problem-solving skills for multiple situations. They can walk, run, dance, ride a bike, drive a car, play sports, cook, read and many, many things younger children would struggle with.
Young children aren’t actually good at much yet, for obvious reasons. Because of that – compared to their adult counterparts – they are less likely to get frustrated and then feel awkward about their limitations. It’s easier to stick with the things that you’ve already mastered. The struggle and obduracy that you’ll end up displaying should also ensure that you feel proud of yourself after each hurdle is cleared. Don’t give up – you can do this. Remember: all you’re really doing is connecting with your inner child all over again. Set whatever time you have aside, make sure your environment is right for you to lock-in and, most importantly, enjoy it.
Not that hard really, is it?