The Best Age to Start Music Lessons

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Knowing the best age to start music lessons for your child is important before committing to lessons.

Knowing the best age to start music lessons for each instrument is a crucial part of a child’s musical development. In many cases, a child may be ready to start an instrument but may not have the physical means to fully explore the instrument: not enough lung capacity for a wind instrument, a pre-adolescent voice, lacking dexterity in the fingers, and so on. Below is our chart indicating the ideal age to start learning a specific instrument.

The Best Age to Start Music Lessons By Instrument
Piano 4-5 Article: Best Age for Piano Lessons
Guitar 7-9 Article: Best Age for Guitar Lessons
Drums 7 and up Article: Best Age for Drum Lessons
Voice 12 and up Article: Best Age for Singing Lessons
Saxophone 7-8 Article: Best Age for Saxophone Lessons
Flute 7-8 Article: Best Age for Flute Lessons
Clarinet 7-8 Article: Best Age for Clarinet Lessons
Violin 4-5 Article: Best Age for Violin Lessons
Viola 6-7 Article: Best Age for Viola Lessons
Cello 7-9 Article: Best Age for Cello Lessons
Trumpet 8-10 Article: Best Age for Trumpet Lessons
Trombone 8-10 Article: Best Age for Trombone Lessons
Bass Guitar 9-10 Article: Best Age for Bass Guitar Lessons

As the chart above shows, there are a wide range of instruments available for children of all ages. While we highly recommend sticking to our suggested ages, keep in mind that these are suggestions, and that there are always exceptions. A child who is tall or agile for their age could very well be ready to start guitar lessons a year or two in advance, while a child at twelve who has not yet begun puberty might not be ready yet for voice lessons. Our instructors can offer tips and suggestions as well.


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