The ages 4-7 are usually the most ideal for starting to learn an instrument. Not only are kids’ hands and minds functional enough to play, but they can actually begin to understand the basics of music.
Recommended Instruments: Piano and Drums are the most common choices for this age range, as children tend to flourish best when they do not have to lift or hold an instrument at first. We do not recommend ukulele*, guitar or brass/woodwind (school band) or larger string instruments yet for this reason.
|Daily Piano Practice Time|
|3-4 year olds||5-10 minutes|
|5-6 year olds||10-15 minutes|
|7-8 year olds||15 minutes|
|9-10 year olds||20 minutes|
Age 8-9-Most all 8-9 year old’s are ready to play an instrument. Kids this age have a bit more choice than those who are younger. For example, 8-9 year olds usually have the dexterity to play violin if they choose, or a wind instrument. Piano is still my favorite instrument to start kids on.
Generally, children cannot retain the information from the music lesson for 2 weeks without forgetting most of it and doing things incorrectly in the meantime. Even with adult students, it’s necessary to be on the intermediate / advanced level for lessons every other week to be effective.
The easiest instruments to learn are ukulele, harmonica, bongos, piano, and glockenspiel. Learning these instruments as an adult will be straightforward and accessible, and we’ve included step-by-step tips for each below.
So what’s easier to learn, guitar or piano? Guitar is easier for adults to learn because it is less challenging to learn songs at the beginner level. Piano, however, is easier for younger students (age 5-10) to learn because they won’t have to grip guitar fret boards, and coordinate right hand strumming patterns.
yet perhaps the most difficult instrument to master. … To compensate, the piano is a polyphonic instrument. This means that it can play many notes at once, thus increasing the complexity many times over. Similarly, playing the piano necessitates coordinating the hands, which are mirror images of each other.
From the most popular band instruments, the easiest ones are the alto sax, flute, clarinet, trombone, trumpet, and almost all from percussion.
Most people who want to play for their own enjoyment can get great results within three to five years of study and practice. Whatever level you’re hoping to achieve, your progress depends on how diligently and effectively you practice.
A two-year study by researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California found that “exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception.”
The answer is, yes. While we believe the best way to learn piano is from an instructor, we also understand that some students prefer self-learning. The piano is one of the most versatile instruments, and learning it will serve you well in other areas of life.