What is the ideal age to start learning piano?

Child playing piano

Many parents want their children to play music. Even if the child does not look like a young genius, then music lessons will anyway benefit him. They will help improve the level of education, broaden the purview, and train the will, because they will have to practice on the instrument regularly and practically without interruption.

It has been proven that music classes effect positively on a child’s ability to learn foreign languages, stimulate imaginative thinking, develop mathematical abilities and train memory. And, finally, at all times the ability to play the piano, violin, saxophone, guitar and other instruments was considered prestigious, and people with similar skills were automatically ranked higher among others.

Parents who have firmly decided to give their child to a music school and have already bought a piano can keep from conceiving only one thing – the age of the child..

Piano lessons can be started from 6-7 years. At an earlier age any musical school will hardly agree to take your child. Experts say, during younger age it is impossible to give a real assessment of the musical capabilities of children. In addition, studying at a music school requires perseverance; The ability to write and read is also a prerequisite.

If you have an acoustic piano at home, then do not forget about such an important procedure as tuning. When a child takes the first steps in music, it is very important that each component of the learning process meets the requirements, so that the piano must be tuned as needed. If you buy a digital piano or electronic keyboard, then you can forget about such problem – these instruments don’t need tuning.

Nowadays young people are not always inspired by violins and pianos, but such popular instruments as guitar, saxophone or percussion cause excitement and awe. Specialists do not recommend putting a hand on these musical instruments at an early age, so if your child’s love for music manifested itself in 8-9 years, then it’s time to start learning to play these instruments.

Every child attending a music school has periods when he wants to quit school and never see a hateful tool in his life again. The parents’ task is not to put pressure on the child, not to force them to go to classes from behind the stick, but tactfully support and unobtrusively explain why it is not worth it to take such important decisions and why you need to do music at all.

I can say that I had such a period when I was about 13. I wanted to give up my music lessons, though I had only one year left to study. Thanks to my parents – they persuaded me to study one more year and to graduate with red diploma, and I never regretted it.

So, the best age for a child to start taking piano lessons is 6 or 7 years old. Some musical schools have preschool department, where you can take your child starting from 5 years, or you can take a private teacher for him. But not all piano teachers agree to work with very small children. If you are not a child and you want to start learning piano at the age of 20-30 years or older, don’t give up the idea! You will certainly achieve this if you want!

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  1. I’ve read about the benefits that can come from learning a musical instrument, so I’ve been thinking it would be a good idea to put my daughter in piano lessons. I appreciated your tip that you provided how I should wait until she is 6-7 years old before enrolling her. She turns 6 in just a couple of months, so would you suggest I start the search for a good teacher now?

    1. Hi, thanks for reading my article.
      Sure, that’s the ideal age, especially if she wants to study)
      So don’t wait and start searching now

  2. Learning with musical instruments can help children improve their hearing skills and skills necessary for education and social interaction. There are many benefits or positive effects of music, especially piano for a child. Playing the piano can stimulate the intelligence or intelligence of children who learn music. Therefore, why parents want their children to play music because it is very useful for them.

  3. Hi John. My boy is 2 years old and the music school nearby has music “classes” for babies. They don’t learn instruments but they ear music, they dance, they are introduced to several percussion instruments, etc. so as to stimulate them into music. I did 2 trial lessons and, although I recognize some benefits, I wasn’t sure my baby is ready to “lessons”… Do you think these classes are important to stimulate children into music? Would you recommend me to continue? Many thanks for your advise!

    1. Hi Sonia! It depends on the method of teaching they use. Babies at that age perceive information through games and toys. If your boy loves the way they “study” (play) with him, then I think it can be useful. He will gain some basic musical experience, maybe sense of rhythm and so on, which will help him in the future when he starts actually learning music.
      Just don’t force him anything. Remember that he is just 2!

  4. I really like piano and trying to learn these days. The think is I am 42 and trying to learn at this age. I try to practice everyday but sometimes it gets very hard for me to learn piano and practice everyday but I think I will get better with time. Your article is really good.

  5. Hi John ,

    I’ve skimmed through yours and others’ articles , so I know that it is generally held that one may never be too old to start to learn to play .
    But . . . I’ll be eighty years of age at Christmastime . I ‘m financially challenged , basically trying to live on Social Security . I’m a retired contactor of avg health and intelligence . I’ve thought of getting a used keyboard at an estate sale , etc . . I have very little space where I live .

    A ) Is my desire realistic ?

    B ) Which type of keyboard , no. of keys , etc . , do you recommend I want headphones that do not ‘leak’ sound outwards as I’m close by to someone who easily complains about noise .

    c ) What is the easiest method for me to learn music itself ?

    Thank you in advance for taking the time to reply .

    1. Hi DAN’L,
      Thank you for reading the article!
      80 is a respectable age! To tell the truth I’ve never heard of people starting to play at that age. But you could be the first in the list:)
      First of all I would recommend you to talk to some piano teacher or at least someone who plays the piano in person in order to assess your level of information perception and to find a suitable learning program. Believe me – one personal meeting will be better than all the advice on the Internet.
      I don’t know what you want from learning so it is very difficult to recommend you the easiest method. Probably you just want to play your favorite pieces. Then you could try such online piano courses as flowkey (see my review here). You can check if there is anything in it’s melodies’ database that you want to play. But it has one big drawback in your case – premium subscription is paid, and you say that money is a problem for you. In that case you can try learning by free videos on Youtube – there are quite good free lessons there.
      As per type of keyboard for you… This is also a difficult question for someone who doesn’t know you personally. That’s why I’m for your offline meeting with a piano teacher. If I base myself on my guesses and taking into account all the information that you told about yourself, I would recommend some Yamaha beginner keyboard with Yamaha Education Suite. This is a built-in Yamaha learning system which will help you to learn some easy tunes. You can search for a used keyboard locally in your city.
      Anyway I’m very impressed that people of your age have such desires and I wish you good luck no matter which way you choose and which keyboard you buy.

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