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We are often asked the question "What is the best age to start?"
Your child can start on their first instrumental lessons (piano is recommended) with Player 1 from three to four years of age. Play a Story is a piano program specifically designed for young children, keeping them engaged and their imagination active whilst given a well rounded music education.
For some of us, playing a musical instrument is a skill we wish we mastered in childhood! Research shows it is best to start learning music from a young age, ideally before the age of ten but if you haven't had the opportunity, there's no time like the present! Many of our students decide to learn the piano or guitar alongside their children.
It is widely researched that learning music from a young age improves learning ability in general and will lead to music becoming an integral part of life for you and your family.
Here's an excerpt from a great article entitled "What Age do Kids Learn Best?" from Perth Child Magazine by Natalie Ritchie 09/02/2015:
"Playing a Musical Instrument...
No simple answer exists to the question 'When is the best time to start learning a musical instrument?' Studies show that kids need to hear both rhythm and pitch sounds in early childhood to wire brain circuits. Babies as young as two months can pick out 'sensory consonance' (when two notes sound pleasing or jarring together), toddlers can acquire scale knowledge and harmony does not seem to be learnable until a child is six to 12.
While the jury is still out on when and if sensitive periods apply to music, the consensus is that intensive exposure to music before about the age of 10 is critical to wire a 'musical' brain. A study of four and five year olds about to begin piano and violin classes found that after one year, they had a bigger auditory cortex than non-musical kids the same age. They also had a bigger auditory cortex before classes began, which could be genetic, but researchers believe it is likely experience - those musical children also had parents who played a musical instrument at home regularly, some had taken infant music classes, and their parents had familiarised them with the instrument.
Putting in the practice separates a 'good' (5,000 hours) from an 'excellent' musician (10,000 hours), but loading up a toddler with violin practice may not be a good idea. Two studies have shown that it pays to practice less at an early age to get a higher standard in adulthood, probably because it gives the child a happier relationship with music.."
(This article originally appeared in the December 2014 issue of CHILD Mags.)