Good parents, no matter what their economic background, try their best to expose their children to activities that they feel will produce a well rounded child. When the question of when is too early to expose your child to a musical instrument is asked, many parents offer various degrees of opinions, but which is the most accurate?
Exposure to music can begin as early as when the child is in the womb. Once a child reaches the age of 6 - 8 months old, music activities with a parent can be introduced. Realistically, 3 - 4 years old is when music programs that involve movement, singing and sometimes arts and crafts while listening to music.
When a child reaches age 5 - 6, group piano lessons is a good segway into learning other instruments later. Basic music theory concepts, for example, knowlege of the music alphabet, quarter note, half note, whole note, what the music staff does, and the keys on the keyboard is grasped during this age group.
At age 7 and up and after basic knowlege of music theory, children usually have the patience and discipline to begin learning to play the drums, guitar and string instruments.
If your child is expressing a great interest in music, use some of the information above to guide you on what direction to take.
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