Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best age for children to start taking music lessons?
Whether your child takes a music appreciation class or starts actual lessons, they’ll benefit mightily from being exposed to music. Kids can start formal music training as early as age 4, when brain circuits for learning music mature. In fact, studies at the University of California suggest that taking music lessons at age 4 can increase your child’s brainpower.
Generally speaking, the recommended age to begin music lessons is ages 4-5. More specifically, 4 1/2 years for piano, 5 years for violin, and 4 years for voice (Basic voice training- songs, posture, pronunciation, and breathing – no serious voice training until the age of 13 to avoid damaging the vocal chords). However, since every child is unique in his development and abilities, it is important to pay attention to both their emotional, mental and physical readiness before engaging them in a lesson program. Your readiness and support are also important.
Emotional maturity is necessarily because learning to play an instrument requires patience, concentration and repetition. The student should be able to sit still and focus for at least 20 minutes. It is best if your child has indicated some desire to learn to play an instrument. If the interest is generated by the parent, younger students have been known to lose interest more quickly than if they expressed desire to try the instrument themselves.
All music is made up of notes and every note has a letter name. In order to properly grasp the concepts of music, younger children will need to be able to read and comprehend the alphabet.
In addition to understanding the alphabet, numbers and counting are a concept that students will also need to understand. Counting is necessary to learn the concept of rhythm and beat. Understanding the difference between different numbers will help them to understand the difference between different note values and rhythmic patterns.
The student should be able to process more than one concept at a time. Learning to read written music is a fairly sophisticated process. A student will be learning to read the notes, figure out the rhythm and translate that to the finger movements. Focus is an integral part of learning any instrument, as is being able to listen and follow directions that the teacher gives and complete the tasks given.
Young children will need to have fine motor skills, such as the ability to use small muscles, specifically their hands and fingers to play a piano effectively and learn the proper techniques. The student should also have some basic hand-eye coordination, meaning they are able to coordinate the information received through the eyes to control and direct the hands.
Parental support and willingness to help the child out is an important element. Parents who are willing to spend time working with their children to develop a daily practice routine will help them to excel faster and keep the child motivated to continue learning the instrument.
What is the best instrument to start on?
#1. Piano (music theory, basic concept applicable later to other instruments)
#2. Violin (Suzuki method designed for children as young as 3)
#3. Voice (Fun!)
#4. Drums (Fun, great for highly energetic kids)
At these ages, however, the most important thing is that your child enjoys their lessons. All of our instructors work well with young children and keep the classes fun and fast-paced.
Will the teacher provide the instrument?
Unfortunately teachers cannot provide instruments for students and you will need to have your instrument before the first lesson occurs. If you are traveling to a teacher’s studio for piano lessons, they will have an instrument available in the studio for lessons, but students should have at least a keyboard with weighted keys at home for practicing. A keyboard or piano needs to be available for in home lessons.
Adult students who are taking voice lessons in their home will need to have a keyboard for use during lessons. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but the teacher will need it for playing pitches during the lesson.
Students need to have their own string and woodwind instruments. Violins, guitars and woodwinds all come in different sizes. Smaller violins can be purchased for young beginners for as low as $50 on Amazon.com (Kids won’t need expensive instruments because they will grow out of the smaller instruments quickly.)
Students don’t need a drum set to start drum lessons, but a practice pad is required. Practice pads do not produce loud sound and are actually great for condos/apartments. They can be purchased on Amazon.com for as low as $20.
Am I too old to begin music lessons?
No! The wonderful thing is no one is ever too old to start learning to play an instrument!
Will you help me select an instrument?
Yes! We will be happy to guide you in the selection of an instrument.
What will I learn in your music lessons?
We make your musical goals our number one priority in our music lessons. For example, if your goals are to learn to play your favorite rock songs, we will not force you to learn from a classical method book. We are here to help YOU achieve your goals!
We are experts at teaching beginner music lessons, but we also have world class teachers who are capable of coaching you to a very high level. Some of the skills we can teach you are: Music Reading. Music Theory. Proper Instrumental Technique. Performance Skills. How to Practice effectively. etc…
What genres of music do you teach?
We teach all styles and genres from Rock, Jazz and Blues to Classical and Country music.
Let us know what you want to learn, and we’ll make it happen!
Are Music Teacher LA instructors qualified professionals?
We have over 30 highly qualified professional music teachers with college degrees in music and extensive teaching experience. In addition to their expertise and teaching credentials, our teachers have warm and friendly personalities, and they are committed to sharing their wealth of knowledge and love of music with students of all ages and ability levels. We tailor lessons to meet the individual needs and tastes.
We will make your musical goals a reality!
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