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When considering a formal music education for their children, parents often have many questions like: How old does my child have to be to start an instrument? Which instrument is most appropriate for my child? How much time should we set aside for practice? At Greenwich House, our staff and faculty are expert in answering these questions. We have classes specifically geared toward young players that will help form a strong foundation for their musical journey. Whether in a group or individual setting, students are engaged in age-appropriate instruction that is both interesting and valuable.
View our children's classes to see the available for group instruction, with opportunities for children age two and above.
Private instruction is available for children as well. Administrators at the school will work with you to discuss and evaluate your child's interests and abilities to determine the best instructor to suit your needs.
Music lessons involve complex cognitive processes. In the case of instrumental music, a high degree of hand-eye coordination is necessary as well as an ability to participate in a public performance of some kind, usually either at a formal concert, among other students or at recitals. To get a piece to a performance level requires persistence, patience and commitment. Our teachers work with each student to encourage these traits; but, If your child is easily frustrated or has little patience for repetitious tasks, explore our music and movement experiences, like Music Together or Music, Art and Play, classes.
Providing a rich musical environment at home with your child prepares them for beginning music lessons. Play is a primary way for young children to learn, so singing, repeating rhymes, and moving to music are all fun and beneficial. Parents are a child’s first teacher so if you actively participate in music yourself, you will be influencing and encouraging your child, as well as laying the groundwork for future success.
Music Together classes help children learn tonal and rhythmic competence relatively early—sometimes by age three or four. While your child develops further physically, encourage them to explore rhythm instruments or strengthen singing and movement skills, which will be useful for future study, before selecting an instrument of focus.
Five Years Old
Instrumental lessons begin for three instruments at this age: Violin, Cello and Piano. Composers wrote some of their most important artistic statement for these instruments, so starting early is always recommended. Increased finger dexterity, attention span and potential for music literacy makes these instruments an excellent choice for this age group.
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