Should You Start Piano Lessons For Kids As Early As Possible?
Well, not necessarily. The younger the child, the more
assistance and involvement of the parent is needed, and the more
specialized the teacher needs to be to teach really young beginners.
Some children can start as early as 4 years old, but most do much better waiting until 5-7 years old when learning retention gets easier as well.
Instead of regular piano lessons for kids, it is advisable that a very young child has some kind of experience with a preparatory group music program, like Kinder Musik, or an Orff program etc. before starting with actual piano lessons for kids.
This musical preparation makes for an ideal piano student later!
If the child is very young it is important that the parent is present during the lessons. This is also to help the parent understand what to help the child with at home, as well as showing the child how important this lesson is.
A very young child also has a very “soft” hand- and small fingers- which makes it more difficult to press down the keys than an older child. The very young beginner does best when note reading is not the main focus, but rather learning by ear as much as possible.
The teacher needs to be a skilled and knowledgeable piano teacher and pedagogue. If the child is very young, the teacher should also have experience and special training in teaching piano lessons for kids.