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How Early Can I Start Music Lessons For My Children?

When it comes to music lessons for your children, the earlier you start, the better! And the benefits of learning music at a young age are vast. But when can you start?

The good news is, as soon as your child can sit still, they can learn to play music. You can do simple things like set out the pots and pans and give your child a wooden spoon to hit them with or fill a plastic bottle with rice for them to shake. There are lots of fun ways to begin your child’s musical journey.

Around three years old, your child will begin to grasp the concept of things that are alike and unalike, and this is a great age to start them on proper music lessons. At this age, their mind is like a sponge, and they take everything in much faster than adults. As a result, children as young as three can learn about music and understand the different notes, chords, melodies, and harmonies.

At Rochester, we believe in holistic music education. Therefore, we tailor piano lessons to suit each student. We believe that piano lessons are not just about music, but also discipline, organization, confidence, problem-solving, poise, and accomplishment.

Learning music early in life builds confidence and self-esteem. In addition, children who participate in early childhood music programs learn to recognize patterns, which means they are more likely to be able to read at an earlier age than their peers.

Children who have been receiving music lessons since they were young will already be familiar with musical instruments and performing in front of others, so they aren’t caught unaware by feelings of insecurity when asked to do these things later in life.

Music helps develop creativity and problem-solving skills essential for success later on in life, such as writing songs or poetry. Learning how to play an instrument well enough so that other people will want to hear you play is great for building confidence.

Early training can also help develop hand-eye coordination and improve fine motor skills—both of which are essential for success in many other areas of life later on down the road. Along with this goes the development of building the brain, and music can also increase math skills and critical thinking.

Music education also teaches young children how to follow instructions, memorize material quickly, and take turns with other kids—all skills that will come in handy when they start school or even are just playing with other kids outside of school.

The mission here at the Rochester Conservatory of Music is to encourage, inspire and develop the musical potential of every student, regardless of age or ability. We teach children from age three through adulthood. It’s not too early to start, and the earlier you do start your child with music, the more time they’ll have for practice and development before the next level of instruction begins.

The bottom line is that starting early is key! So, if you’re considering signing up your children for music lessons, we are ready when you are. Let’s get started!

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