Thinking of starting music classes for your little one? We posed some reader questions to Estelle Toh, a piano teacher at Yamaha Music School, to find out everything you need to know about piano lessons and more.
What’s a good age for my child to start learning music?
Children can begin music lessons at any age. The key is finding a program that is structured, systematic and comprehensive. Courses at Yamaha aim to foster musical sensitivity, develop fundamental music ability and musical expression. The Apple course for two-year-olds and Music Wonderland course for three-year-olds have fun and engaging activities that help arouse interest in music.
By the age of four, children’s mental focus, physical development and learning capacity increases. At this stage, they are ready to learn music with a more structured curriculum. In the Yamaha Junior Course, pre-schoolers at ages four and five years are given a good head start to a comprehensive music education, where they explore the keyboard and cultivate good listening skills.
Early childhood musical experiences are effective and beneficial when choosing the instrument to learn in the long run. If you are considering to have your child learn music, start early!
How should I decide between choosing individual or group lessons?
While there are benefits for both group and individual courses, a group learning environment is the better option when it comes to teaching young pre-schoolers. Ideally an age-appropriate program that is comprehensive, focusing not just on playing music but also training the ears.
In Group lessons, team spirit can be developed and singing fostered. Students strive to do their best with the motivation and support they gain from each other; they also feel a sense of belonging. Interacting and playing music with peers will motivate them to enjoy making music together – and that means practicing may not be such a huge struggle.
How often should my child attend lessons?
Once a week is a common practice.
Will I need to purchase an instrument?
Yes, it is recommended if you are keen to see steady progress in your child.
Will my child have opportunities to perform?
Definitely! Most music schools organise classroom concerts or regular concert recitals. The exposure gained from these concerts are enlightening experiences for students, instilling a lifelong passion for music.
What are some ways I can help grow my child’s interest in an instrument and encourage practice?
- As a parent, be engaged and show interest in what your child is learning.
- Play recordings of music in various genres and styles.
- Invest in music books containing popular current songs.
- Attend musicals or children’s music concerts.
- Create a rewards scheme.
What should I look out for when engaging a music teacher?
One that encourages and inspires students to love music, not just focusing on how to play the instrument. The teacher should also be patient and allow children to learn at their own pace. It’s also important for the teacher to make learning fun and enjoyable in a stress-free and comfortable environment.
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