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Music for Young Children

My son is showing interest in music. What is a good age for him to start learning musical instruments?

What the Expert Says

By Gresilda Tan

Founder of Silversnow Music School

Diploma of Music in Popular Vocals (Distinction), London College of Music

Grade 8 in Piano / Flute / Music Theory from ABRSM / Grade 8 in Dizi from NUS

www.silversnowmusic.com

Research has shown that 3 is the magic age to start learning music as benefits of music can aid in brain development.

However as students of these age are too young to learn instruments like piano or violin, their lessons would typically focus on group music appreciation classes where they can learn basic music concepts in a fun way.

Learn Instruments from ages 5 to 7

Normally students from age 5 can already start learning music instruments, but age 7 seems to be a more optimal as students at this age tend to be more focused and understand concepts much better. So it depends on what parents are looking for when deciding on whether to send their children for lessons.

Thus, there is no right age to learn music. A learner with more interest and discipline to practise will always learn and reap more benefits than one without. So the interest and passion for music will still be the most important.

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