There is a lot of pride in parents when they hear their young child play its first piano piece publicly without a flaw. But learning to play the piano is not only a matter of pride, it is beneficial to your child in so many ways as reports show that having piano lessons improves brain growth and hones a child’s motor skills.
However, learning to play the piano might not be of every child’s interest. Starting them too early could fail since toddlers might not be able to pay attention to a music lesson as a eight or nine-year-old would. If you desire to give your child the best chance of becoming a professional piano player then there could be a point when it is too late to start.
In any case, there are several things to keep in mind when it comes to preparing your child for piano lessons, and making the decision to start.
Influence your child
A child’s desire to play a piano would not come on its own, it is necessary to put a child in such an environment where it becomes familiar with the piano, the sound of it to the point when it attempts to play it on its own. This means having a piano in the house and in some place where it is not alone but also not in the TV room.
The piano will be seen as a toy
More often than not, children under the age of five will see the piano as a toy and their attempts to play would either sound awkward while their interest would last for only a short period of time. However, their interest to play could be used only a few years later as many believe that staring piano lessons between the ages of six and eight is probably the sweet spot, although, you can find three-year-olds playing famous pieces online.
With the desire and setting the environment right for your young kid to get accustomed to, there are other boxes they need to tick before actually starting the lessons. Physical limitations can hinder a child, and by this we are talking about the child’s ability to cover five adjacent white keys with five fingers without any difficulty. In addition to being able to do this, the child should be able to move its fingers independently. There are certainly ways to test your child’s ability as well as to train your child to move its individual fingers. You can easily find tests online and if your child is able to pass the test it is ready to start taking lessons.
Ability to read
Some would say that your child should also be able to read the music as well as letters of the alphabet. There are various opinions on this subject, but the consensus is that at such an early age, reading is not really a strong suit of a child so learning while listening is certainly good enough while learning to read and write music could be incorporated later.
If you desire your child to be a professional pianist these are the ages to start teaching them piano lessons. But what if your child does not have such aspirations and they are already in their teens? The reality is, the age does not really matter in this case. Not everyone learns to play the piano because they want to make a living out of it, some would like to learn how to play in order to acquire a new skill or simply as a new hobby.
In short, the right answer to when a child should start piano lessons is as soon as possible, however, to enjoy the beautiful sounds and start learning to play the piano is actually never too late.