Preparing Your Child For Formal Music Lessons
Which came first: the egg shaker or the violin? The egg shaker of course! It’s a staple instrument in all Kindermusik classes. From that first instrument, we begin to teach children skills that prepare them for formal music lessons when they are ready.
5 Ways Kindermusik Prepares a Child for Formal Music Lessons
#1 – Kindermusik develops the ability to keep a steady beat. Steady beat is fundamental to music and absolutely essential for playing an instrument.
#2 – Kindermusik reinforces music patterning. Learning to recognize patterns in music is vital to playing an instrument with musicality and with understanding.
#3 – Kindermusik develops a musical vocabulary. A rich musical vocabulary begins with an experiential knowledge of the words that help us describe music and express ourselves musically.
#4 – Kindermusik provides ensemble experience. From playing egg shakers together in our Baby Class to playing the violin in an orchestra, making music together in a group is one of the greatest joys of music.
#5 – Kindermusik inspires a lifelong love of music. When you plant the seeds at such a young age, a love of music will bloom and grow throughout a lifetime. A deep love for music is one of the most important contributors to a child’s success in music lessons… and in life.
So when is a child ready for music lessons?
Most music teachers agree that between the ages of 7 and 10 years is the best age for children to start formal music lessons. By then, a child is usually able to read on his/her own, follow directions, sit still and focus for longer periods of time, and feel motivated to practice at home each day.
If you’re unsure about whether or not your child is ready for formal music lessons, ask yourself the following questions: