Bay Area Piano Lessons
It’s a perennial question for any parent searching for Bay Area piano lessons: at what age should your child start playing?
Obviously, one blog post is way too short to address all the arguments and counterarguments — all the philosophies and counter philosophies. But we’ll give you an overview.The Suzuki Method
This popular teaching philosophy encourages young instrumentalists to find joy in the process of discovering music (to become “beautiful human beings” first) and then to master the “technical stuff” down the line. It suggests that children can fiddle around (metaphorically and literally) as young as 2 or 3 years old.
The Waldorf School
This method, on the other hand, recommends that children should wait until 9 or 10 years old to start playing!
You can find pedagogues who agree with these estimates, rabidly disagree, and everything in between. Part of the challenge is that there is not enough science to know the optimal age. Think about the enormous number of variables that go into a child’s musical education.
These include, but are not limited to:
- The child’s disposition;
- The child’s innate passion for music in general and for specific musical instruments;
- The parent’s commitment and involvement;
- The child’s innate talent, if that term is even really applicable. Some educators and researchers, such as Geoff Colvin (“Talent is Overrated”) and journalist Malcolm Gladwell (“The Tipping Point”) might disagree and say that “deliberate practice” is ultimately what determines your level of mastery;
- The parents’ schedules and means;
- The child’s schedule and other interests.
If you’re looking to create a musical prodigy – the next Mozart or Rachmaninoff or Yo-Yo Ma or what have you – then, by the logic of Colvin and Gladwell, you should start your child as early as possible and push him or her hard.
Of course, most parents would agree that this monomania would be unfair to the child.
On the other hand, if you simply want to give your child the opportunity to learn how to joyfully experience musicianship, you have more flexibility. In that case, probably the age range is wide open. In fact, your child could wait until the age of 25 (or 55!) and still become a master!
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