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    How Young Is Too Young For Music Lessons?

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    boy-at-pianoIt is never too early to expose your child to music; Even babies in the womb can gain cognitive benefits from hearing music. Children between the ages of 0-9 have the highest potential for developing a love and understanding of music but knowing the right age at which to start formal lessons or group music lessons can be challenging for a parent.

    The most commonly recommended age for starting private music lessons is between 5 and 7 years old. Kids in that age range have developed a bit of classroom etiquette and have begun reading and writing. Both of which are essential tools in the process of learning music in a more structured environment such as private lessons. Children under 5 will benefit greatly from larger group music classes which involve more physical movement and music appreciation.

    PBS.org has a great article which goes more in depth on the best ways to encourage your little musician.

    http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/whats-the-right-age-to-begin-music-lessons/

     

     

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    5 Must-See Websites for Music Performances

    We know that live music is a great complement to music lessons but sometimes finding the right event can be challenging as not all events are kid-friendly. Why not host a concert in your house? We found some websites that offer live music and it doesn’t matter if your children aren’t sitting still or how you’re dressed. Just watch and enjoy!

     

     

    National Public Radio: Tiny Desk Concerts

    NPR’s revamped music website features live performances that are literally performed near the desk of “All Songs Considered” host Bob Boilen. The performances tend to lean toward independent artists but several genres are represented including world music.

     

    New York Times: In Performance

    This is our personal favorite for online viewing of the arts. The performances are brief enough to capture the attention of our youngest musicians and features some of the most prominent artists in classical music and on Broadway. We especially love the close-up shots of the pianists so we can admire their quick finger work.

     

    PBS: Great Performances http://video.pbs.org/program/great-performances/

    This famous and long-running television show has an online component. This website offers a diverse offering of the arts from opera to ballet to classical music to Lady Gaga.

     

    Medici

    Kissin, Demidenko, Wit: Chopin, Piano Concertos on medici.tv.

    This site is perfect for the devout classical music fans who wish they could attend every concert. Full-length performances from Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall,

    Berliner Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and more are available for viewing.

    Registration is required and free but a monthly subscription fee is needed to access the site’s library and to have an ad-free experience,

     

     

    Music Together: Concert Videos 

    Music Together is a national organization that offers music enrichment classes for infants to 5-year-olds.  Your youngest musicians or soon-to-be-musicians might enjoy the up-tempo beats in this video playlist. Music Together has a knack for selecting songs that young children love and do not drive parents, well, crazy with repetitive beats and lyrics offered in the genre of children’s music.

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    When To Begin Music Lessons? Now.

    Parents frequently ask Music Junction teachers about the ideal age to begin music education. Given the investment in time and resources, we understand why this is a common question.

    We offer voice and piano lessons to children as young as 4 years old but, after reading this article, we favor PBS’s response: music education should happen from the time children are born.

    This doesn’t mean that a newborn who still has clenched fists should be pressing the keys of the piano. Nor does it mean a baby should study vocal ranges when his or her main form of communication is crying. Singing songs to your baby as you sway from side-to-side is a form of music education. Clapping your hands and stomping your feet to the rhythm is another. Sometimes, we do these activities so naturally it doesn’t feel like a lesson but your child is already learning from you.

    Immersed in a culture of song and movement, your child will have a smoother, and positive, transition to formal music lessons. We tell our clients that children should not go past the age of 6 without music training based on our years of experience teaching young musicians.

    The PBS article agrees with us but offers a wider gap of 6 to 9 years old.

    “There is a growing (and convincing) body of research that indicates a ‘window of opportunity’ from birth to age nine for developing a musical sensibility within children,” the article states. “During this time, the mental structures and mechanisms associated with processing and understanding music are in the prime stages of development, making it of utmost importance to expose children in this age range to music.”

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