With the plethora of information at our fingertips these days, finding the right information can at times be difficult. There are multiple studies that suggest starting lessons at a younger age can be beneficial to a child's musical development. However, there are also multiple parents who can tell you starting their child in lessons early was a painful endeavor that involved hours of practice negotiations and incentives. So is there a right age to start music lessons? Read on to find out!

Is There a Right Age to Start Music Lessons?

Is there a right age to start music lessons?
Is there a right age to start music lessons?

With the plethora of information at our fingertips these days, finding the right information can at times be difficult. There are multiple studies that suggest starting lessons at a younger age can be┬ábeneficial to a child’s musical development. However, there are also multiple parents who can tell you starting their child in lessons early was a painful endeavor that involved hours of practice negotiations and incentives. So is there a right age to start music lessons? Read on to find out!

A lot of research suggests there is a “window of opportunity” from birth to age 9 when the parts of the brain responsible for developing musical sensibility are in their prime. Research also shows that musicians who began lessons at a younger age (before 7) show stronger connections between the motor regions that help carry movements, like fingering and coordinating between hands, and better accuracy and precision in playing.

Also, exposure to music at an early age will lead to becoming more fluent than those who start later, much like language development. However, early exposure is not always the best for your child. Your child needs to enjoy their musical experience as activites we like are more likely to create change in the brain. So starting at an early age has the possibility to not have any of these positive effects if your child doesn’t enjoy themselves. If your child does not enjoy their lessons, it can lead to “toxic stress” which is when your child produces an excess of cortisol, the stress hormone.

The key is to find something that your child enjoys and to respect that each child learns differently. There is no “one size fits all” when discussing musical exposure. Some children may be predisposed to musical ability thanks to genetics or environmental factors. Some children may be better Served to wait on lessons until they are old enough to excercise choice in their lessons and/or instrument. The important thing to remember is that starting your child in music lessons is not a now or never endeavor. Music can be learned and appreciated at any age. While it may take a little more work and effort to learn an instrument later in life, it is still possible.

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