There is not one perfect age for a student to begin traditional private lessons. Since all children develop and mature at their own pace, some students, even up to nine or ten years old, may not be ready for traditional lessons on any instrument - but on the other hand, some four year old students are ready.
In other words, there are no rules - you don't know until you try it.
Based on many years of teaching experience, we have some very general guidelines for what youngest age is recommended for beginning lessons:
- VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO: 5 or 6 years old
- PIANO: 5 or 6 years old
- GUITAR: 7 or 8 years old
- FLUTE: 9 or 10 years old
Again, these ages are not absolute - they just provide an idea of where you might want to start.
Some teachers may agree to take a very young student with the understanding that it is on a trial basis for one month to determine if he or she is ready for regular ongoing private lessons.
FOR TEENS AND ADULTS:
Students are never too old to begin lessons - adults and teens are invited to add some music into their lives! Whether you have played when you were a young child or if you are starting from scratch, you will be guided at your own pace toward your musical goals.
Transfer students (those who have previously studied with another instructor outside of Reed Music Studios) are welcome and invited to continue their lessons at Reed Music Studios. At your first lesson, your teacher will get to know you, ask about what you have already studied and help you get restarted with your practicing.