When Should My Child Begin Lessons? The following guidelines will help you to have a successful, rewarding experience learning an instrument. These are practical tips that we have discovered from years of teaching and our experiences with teaching hundreds of students each year.
How Young is too Young? - Starting at the Right Age
Adults can start any instrument at any time. Their success is based on how willing they are to commit to practicing. We have taught many beginner students in their 60's and 70's.
One family can take multiple instruments on the same day and not have to travel to different locations to get the lessons that we offer in one place. This saves you time and money.
For children, starting at the right age is a key element in the success of their lessons. Some people will tell you "the sooner the better" but this attitude can actually backfire and be negative. If a child begins lessons too soon, he or she may feel overwhelmed and frustrated and want to stop lessons. We don't want to discourage a child just because of one unpleasant experience that could have been prevented. Sometimes if the child waits a year to start lessons, progress can be much faster. Children who are older than the suggested earliest starting age usually do very well.
At our school, 5 years old is usually the youngest age that we start children in private piano lessons. At this age, they have begun to develop longer attention spans, can retain material with ease, and have developed the manual dexterity to be successful.
Guitar - Acoustic, Electric and Bass:
Seven years old is the earliest we recommend for guitar lessons. Guitar playing requires a fair amount of pressure on the fingertips from pressing on the strings. Children under 8 generally have small hands and may find playing uncomfortable. Bass guitar students generally are 10 years old and older.
We recommend students begin vocal lessons at age 10 or older. Due to the physical nature of voice lessons (proper breathing techniques, development of the vocal chords and lung capacity), the younger body is generally not yet ready for the rigors of vocal training.
The average age of our youngest drum students is 7 years old. This varies greatly depending on the size of the child. They have to be able to reach both the pedals and the cymbals.
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe (Wind instruments):
Due to lung capacity (and in the case of the saxophone, the size of the instrument), we recommend that most woodwind beginners are 9 and older.
Violin, Viola, Cello (String instruments):
We accept violin students from the age of 5. Some teachers will start children as young as 3, but experience has shown us the most productive learning occurs when the beginner is 5 or older.
Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba (Brass instruments):
The brass instruments require physical exertion and lung power. Nine years and older is a good time to start.
Lessons are first-come, first served, so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!
LESSONS FOR ALL AGES
Adults can start any instrument at any time. We have taught many beginner students in their 60's and 70's. Their success is based on how willing they are to commit to practicing. For children, starting at the right age is a key element in the success of their lessons. Some people will tell you "the sooner the better" but this attitude could backfire and be a negative. If a child begins lessons too soon, he or she may feel overwhelmed. Many young children become frustrated after not seeing immediate results and want to stop lessons. We don't want to discourage a child just because of one unpleasant experience that could have been prevented. Children who are older than the suggested earliest starting age usually do very well.
Are you interested in learning to produce music, electronic production, and music recording? The Brill Music Academy is now offering a new course of instruction that includes all of that and more!
Beginning students will learn the following key concepts:
- An introduction to software MIDI instruments
- How to record audio
- How to use audio loops
- How to arrange musical ideas
Following these basics using Garage Band, if the student wishes to further their education and experience, they will be introduced to their choice of Logic Pro, Ableton Live, or Pro Tools. More advanced techniques and knowledge will be taught which cover:
- Mixing and Mastering
- An Introduction to Synthesis
- Sound Design
- Scoring to Picture
- Using external MIDI instruments
Interested students should be age 12 – adult and should have basic computer literacy in order to understand the concepts covered in the lessons. These are one-on-one sessions with the instructor.
Call us at 702-212-8745 for more information and to enroll in this exciting new offer to enhance your musical experience.