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whats the best age for a kid to start learning music

Ram kovis
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My daughter is 2 yr 8 months old.. whats the best age for a kid to start learning music from a professional. I am musically illiterate and cannot teach her a thing.
I really want her to learn and enjoy music.. She doesnt have to become a pro ( thats a big bonus, if she does..), but music should be a major part of her life..

I started playing Beatles for her since she was 1yr old.. She really loves that music.. She is a great fan of “Hey Jude” and hums along always.. ( BTW, Beatles happens to be the best thing happened to me last year..)

Recently, she started liking Santana’s music.. I feel, she has an ear for music..
Now that, she can sit for a while without causing any trouble, planning to take her to some local music concerts..

But, I really want her to learn music from professions..

But, I am not sure, where to look for and whom to approach!!...

Any pointers will be appreciated…
Ram kovis
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BTW, i am located in US..
Greg Johnson
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Ram,
I applaud the actions and attitude you describe! Grin, in four months will she get The White Album for her birthday?

Evenings when I'm not doing IT, I've taught piano, perform, and hang with other music teachers. From my experience it would be incorrect to say a child of age 3 could not benefit from time with a musical professional. Music appreciation is always open.

Still, too many times I have seen parents push a child into lessons that made the child resent the effort to make music. Out of a couple hundred kids I've taught, I've only seen one that benefited from lessons at age 3. Age 5 is a good time for most. There are developmental needs regarding attention span, strength, hand size, ability to decode some form of notation, etc. But it's impossible to tell until you gently, tentatively try a little. You need a patient and discerning teacher--not necessarily the kind of teacher who will give traditional lessons later. Pursue some standard inquiries: other local parents, bulletin boards at music stores, elderly proprietors at said stores, etc. Some daycares have a strong musical emphasis, though usually as a group.

Three observations for the future: I've seen 5-year-olds make amazing progress. Mom and dad beam at their little prodigy. Then come September, the talent goes poof. Before September, the kid had time to noodle around and practice, often in many 7-minute chunks. When the child started school full time, the poor kid has less time, more fatigue, and more distractions. I've also seen kids from ages 7 - 9 plateau for no apparent reason. They had some initial interest and progress, and then dully plodded for a year. Then something ignited and they took off musically and didn't look back. Finally, I have seen kids start music training "late", at around 14, and make up for apparently lost time quickly. The key was that the teen's environment was naturally free from distractions (in a rural area or due to sports injury) or they obsessed about the right stuff.

Best wishes to you and your daughter!

- Greg J
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I have always wondered what would happen if you taught ear training at the same time a child is starting to learn colors. I mean it really is very much alike, just with different senses. I think it is possible to teach a baby/child perfect pitch at that age, and it is something they would have for the rest of their lives.

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Ram kovis
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Greg Johnson wrote:Ram,


Three observations for the future: I've seen 5-year-olds make amazing progress. Mom and dad beam at their little prodigy. Then come September, the talent goes poof. Before September, the kid had time to noodle around and practice, often in many 7-minute chunks. When the child started school full time, the poor kid has less time, more fatigue, and more distractions. I've also seen kids from ages 7 - 9 plateau for no apparent reason. They had some initial interest and progress, and then dully plodded for a year. Then something ignited and they took off musically and didn't look back. Finally, I have seen kids start music training "late", at around 14, and make up for apparently lost time quickly. The key was that the teen's environment was naturally free from distractions (in a rural area or due to sports injury) or they obsessed about the right stuff.

Best wishes to you and your daughter!

- Greg J


Thanks Greg for the details!! I really appreciate it. Instead of spending too much time in front of TV like me, I just want her to do something different and useful.
Arjun Shastry
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As far as Indian(Hindustani/Carnatic) music(singing) is concerned 6 to 10 is considered to be ideal age.Most of the stalwarts have got training started during this period. 8 to 12 is considered to be right age for playing (Indian) musical instruments.


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