Is you child ready for music lessons?

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Many parents want their child to be well rounded and, in many cases, learn a musical instrument.   There are few questions you need to ask yourself or your child to see if they are ready.

Is your child ready for music lessons?

Is your child ready for music lessons?

Does your child want to take lessons?  I remember going to piano lessons when I was little.  My teacher was an older lady and I did not think it was very fun.  I do not even remember wanting or even asking to take lessons.  Two of my kids have asked for music lessons.  My son, who is 7, has been taking guitar for a year.

Is your child old enough? My son asked to take guitar lessons when he was 4.  He was very motivated so I thought we should give it a shot.  I noticed there was a guitar camp at the local music store.  Since he was not even in kindergarten yet, he was too young to go.  I talked with the owner and we worked out a plan where he had his own camp.  He went everyday, for a week, and had a 30 minute lesson.  At the end of the week, his instructor and I evaluated his progress to determine his readiness for a regular commitment.  And while he loved the camp, we felt he still needed to wait a bit longer because he was having trouble holding the strings down with his fingers and his ability to focus for the 30 minutes wasn’t quite there yet.  He just wanted to be a rock start without all the work.

Is your child ready? I feel my 4 year old is still a little young.  I know her personality and I think she would get frustrated quickly.  I am waiting a little longer to sign her up.  We do have a children’s guitar that she plays and I show her a few notes to practice.  She stays focused for about 7 minutes.  My older son is 10.  He is definitely old enough, but he has never expressed an interest.  When I have mentioned it to him, he says no.

Is your music teacher a good fit for your child?  I think the main reason my son loves guitar so much is his teacher.  He is fantastic.  He is very laid back and they goof around a lot.  If he had a teacher that was strict and scolded him for being silly, he would never want to go back.  For example, I once told the teacher how I corrected my son for laying down on his bed or slouching when he plays.  And you know what the teacher said, “Great!  He’s playing!”  I never thought of it that way.  I remember my piano teacher alway getting on to me about the way I was sitting.

I would love to hear your stories about your child and their lessons?  Do you have to fight with them to go?

Several people have asked what book my son uses to learn guitar.  It’s this one.

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