I started learning the piano since 8-years-old. Is it too late? Ethan Bortnick (the piano prodigy) can play pretty well at only age 6! Sorry that I don’t mean that I might be a genius. I know that I am not in this case. As a parent, what is the suitable age to send your kids to piano lessons? This is a question very frequently asked but yet to get a conclusive answer.
Some piano teachers don’t even want to teach children less than 5 year old. I used to teach a student who is only 4 years old at that time. He is not a bright student and I really feel that it is a waste of money and time. Practically, he learns nothing from me because he can’t even perform some simple tasks like counting beats. If his parents wait another few more years, he will be able to absorb some music teaching once he is able to count and communicate well. Probably I am the one to be blamed because I am really not a patient teacher after all.
In order to have your money well spent for your children’s piano lessons, here are some guideline to help you determine:
1. Is your child interested in music? Does he/she dance? If she has no interest in music, you shouldn’t send her to a music lessons at the first place. You are just wasting your money and her time. It is better spent on the area of her passion.
2. Can your child count? I mean the basic mathematics of counting 1,2,3… Music is a regular form of counting, that consists of tempo, rhythm, melody and harmony. If she can’t feel the basic “counting” rhythm, it is very hard for her to learn anything in a piano lesson.
Every kid is different. Some are more mature and brighter. So, there shouldn’t be a limit of age. And there shall be no such “suitable age” to start taking up piano lessons. It very much depends on the child’s talent and ability.