Is my 6 year old too young for guitar lessons?
If you are interested in getting your child started on an instrument, it is a good idea to consider the age of your child in relation to the instrument that might best fit their needs. We hear from a lot of parents who have 4, 5 and 6 year olds who are begging for guitar lessons. Maybe the cool videos on MTV or more likely the popularity of Guitar Hero and Rock Band have added to the number of youngsters getting into the guitar.
Generally we recommend that students under the age of 8 start on the piano. This is because the guitar takes more coordination and effort to play. The piano is accessible to virtually anyone who can press their fingers down on the keyboard, while the guitar requires both hands to play a note. And you can only look at one hand at a time. We have a lot more students between the ages of 5 and 8 on the piano than we have on the guitar. We welcome children of all ages to give the guitar a try but we’ve seen what happens too often. So unless your child is especially drawn to the guitar and at the same time has a better than average ability to focus, we would recommend the piano.
Remember that the knowledge drawn from the piano will transfer well to other instruments. Theory and ear training are more easily learned and assimilated through the piano or keyboard than most other instruments. Either way, the student should be expected to practice 10 to 15 minutes a day 4 or 5 days a week so if you have a young child interested in the guitar, be sure to support their curiosity by urging them to practice routinely. Without practice, the chances of making significant progress are minimal.
B&B Music Lessons has a flexible policy so if you think it is worth trying guitar lessons between the ages of 5 and 7, we’ll accommodate you. However, we urge parents to consider the piano as a more practical alternative at that age.
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