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What is the Best Age for Kids to Start Music Lessons?

Updated: Apr 27

Have you ever wondered what the best age to send your child to music lessons is?

Well don’t worry you’re not alone. Many parents also don’t know, some think the age of 6-8 years old is the best because the child gains better motor skills, or even as young as 2 when being exposed to music can help to develop their music abilities. But this ultimately depends on how you define music lessons. No age is too young to learn. Everyone learns differently.


Although for children under 5 as Dr. Robert A Cutietta puts it

“the goal of the lessons is not to become a great performer on the instrument but to further the understanding of music”

this could be as simple as just immersing your child in a musical environment as they are still developing.


Jean Piaget, a psychologist known for his work in child development, states that during the Preoperational stage, ages: 2 to 7 years is the time when a child learns to use symbols to represent objects and is especially growing both mentally and physically during these years.

So what is the correct answer?

Simply, there isn’t a wrong age to start music lessons. Being immersed at a young age is important as they can learn to build a healthy relationship with music and gain an interactive experience. If this is the goal, then starting as soon as possible is great!

But if it’s formal lessons is the goal, then perhaps you might want to consider when your child is a bit older such as 5 to 8 years old, a good guide to follow is:

Hand size:

Making sure their hands are at the proper size where they can comfortably play/reach the keys

Reading Comprehension:

Although a high reading level is not required, being able to identify symbols/notes on a staff is important

Enjoyment/interest:

To create a healthy relationship with music, it is important that the child has an interest towards music to avoid a negative attitude

At Perfect Harmony Music, we strive to make music inclusive for everyone. No matter the age, we’ve got something for everyone! We provide a wide range of music lessons to people of all ages and skill levels, including piano, keyboard, saxophone, clarinet, ukulele, guitar, cello, drums, trombone, violin and vocals.

Contact us today to learn more and sign up for a free demo. Perfect Harmony Music Studio is located at 1055 Canadian Place (Unit 107) in Mississauga (Greater Toronto Area). Call us at (905) 232-5454 Email us at hello@perfectharmonymusic.ca Visit us online at www.perfectharmonymusic.ca for more information.


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