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Children are capable of learning to play a musical instrument at a very young age, but not all instruments are appropriate for certain ages. Starting a child out on an instrument that is within his or her capability will build confidence and make them eager to move on to bigger musical challenges. There is a natural order of progression in learning instruments that works best for most children, and will keep their enthusiasm for learning intact.
The easiest instruments for the youngest of hands are simple percussion instruments like hand drums, tambourines or rattles. Even very young children show a natural understanding of rhythm, perhaps a “sense memory” of the rhythm of their mother ‘s heartbeat while in the womb is what sets the stage for this natural ability. In any case, children as young as six months old can enjoy playing simple percussive instruments, and by age five they can be ready for moving on to more advanced percussion instruments such as a piano that actually produces a tune when a key is struck. The transition from just making a noise when striking a drum to making an actual musical sound when striking a key, and then discovering that different keys make different sounds, and that striking several keys in succession creates a “tune”, is a discovery that encourages a child’s natural sense curiosity and wonder; and the first step to “music appreciation”.
At the age of five, some children have developed the needed strength in their hands, along with coordination, to try out a violin, or child-sized guitar. By age seven, most children will have hands that are big enough for a regular sized guitar or perhaps a cello or viola. By seven, children are also old enough that they can begin learning how to read musical notation. At earlier ages, children can remember only simple tunes and rhythms. Only later can they attempt to master chords and harmonies.
Woodwind instruments like the trumpet, flute, recorder, trombone or saxophone require a larger lung capacity than a small child has, as well as the careful control of lips and mouth for producing sound. These skills are usually out of reach until a child is at least ten years old. Waiting until then will maximize the chances that the child will have success, and the desire for learning more complex music will be evident.
Learning to play a musical instrument can be one of the most enriching experiences in life. The pleasure of producing music for the delight of others, or for personal enjoyment, is a powerful gift. While teaching oneself is possible, having an experienced teacher who provides a structured program of advancement is the best way of achieving musical goals in the shortest time.
Music lessons can be a challenge, however. The cost and time commitment needed for getting to and from lessons can be as much of a burden as the lessons themselves. This extra burden of expense and can seriously detract from the enjoyment and progress of learning to play the instrument itself. And the time spent traveling back and forth from home to lesson could be much better spent practicing the instrument, rather than doing the commute.
The solution is finding a teacher who can do the lessons at your own home. For parents of children who are learning a musical instrument, this solution offers many advantages. The parent can be engaged with household tasks while the child is taking their lesson, rather than wasting time driving struggling with traffic and worrying about being late to the lesson , idly waiting for the lesson to end while chores at home are left unfinished, are all eliminated. At- home lessons can also be easier and less stressful on the child in the familiar surroundings of home rather that in a strange environment as well. Taking lessons at home means the child can associate music with his normal life and familiar things, making music a part of the family, as it were.
Eliminating the cost of travel, and time lost from other activities and needed chores at home lessons can be just more economical, and learning and practicing easier when music becomes part of the normal household routine, rather than the ordeal of a commute. At home lessons can make learning to play an instrument easier, faster and more enjoyable for everyone.
Instruments: Guitar, Drums
Rock, Reggae, Punk, Hip Hop, Funk
Location: Fairfax, Reston, Chantilly, McLean, Vienna, Ashburn
Why I work well with kids?
I get along well with kids. I have a good sense of humor,I’m enthusiastic and patient. And I like their honesty.
Instruments: Guitar, Piano
Classical, Blues, Rock&Roll and Folk
Location: Gaithersburg, Rockville, Potomac, Silver Spring, MD
Why I work well with kids?
Having being taught music from a very young age, I can relate to kids and understand that they gravitate more towards enthusiasm, positivity and overall just a fun time. Music is a passion of mine and just like i used to enjoy my lessons as a kid, I would like to see kids enjoy themselves while learning music from me. I bring patience, a good attitude and a sense of humor and hope to make kids genuinely want to practice their instrument and become fine young musicians.
Instrument: Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano
Genres: Rock, Jazz, Blues
Why I work well with kids?
My lessons are a process of getting to know oneself better through their instrument and own playing, and honing this skill in order to make a student realize the importance of his/her own musical expression. I take this aspect of growth very seriously, however I am laid back when it comes to a students rate of learning. As long as you are learning something new and having fun, I have accomplished my goal. For guitar and bass I combine my own methods of teaching in tandem with books from Hal Leonard. For beginner piano I teach out of the Teaching Little Fingers to Play series. I teach everything from reading music and lead sheets to improvising and grooving over different styles (blues, jazz, rock) and am happy to help a student learn any specific type of style/song they wish to cover. If you are a total beginner, I have plenty of experience. After a couple months (depending on age) you can expect to know how to be much more technically apt at your instrument, read music at an intermediate level, play some of your favorite songs/styles, and improvise if one wishes to do so. Overall I cover many different important aspects of music with my students, all depending on their skill level, age, and interests. However, making music fun is truly my main goal.
Instrument: Guitar, Bass
Genres: Jazz, Contemporary, Indie Rock, Folk, Rock, lots more!
Location: Bethesda, Chevy Chase, NW DC
Why I work well with kids?
I work well with kids because I always teach to their interests. Creating lesson plans that work with what the student wants to learn and enjoys but also teach the fundamentals of the instrument are crucial. Every student has different strengths and learns differently. The benefit of having a one-on-one private lesson is that I can tailor my methods to fit each student.
The guitar is one of the most popular modern day instruments thanks to the advent of Rock and Roll and itâ€™s myriad of heroâ€™s such as Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen. Of course itâ€™s history began much earlier than MTV or the Rolling Stones.
As a stringed instrument, the guitar evolved from the lute and vihuela. It took some time for the guitar to be considered a â€˜legitimateâ€™ instrument in the classical world. The first â€˜golden ageâ€™ of the guitar was in the late 1700â€™s and was made popular by composers such as Mauro Giuliani and Fernando Sor. Andres Segovia was very helpful in bringing the guitar to the forefront of the musical world.
There are many ways to play the guitar, with styles ranging from rock, jazz, blues, classical, brazilian, funk, soul and country. Performers can use a pick or their fingers.