Rebekah - posted on 04/16/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )
My 5 year old son is very interested in piano/keyboard... he plays on his keyboard literally every day since he got it at Christmas, several times per day. He has an ear for music and expresses interest in lessons (though I don't know that at 5, he fully grasps what lessons, practicing, etc, are all about).
What advice do you have about what age to start lessons and what method? I started lessons at age 10, so that's my only frame of reference. How do younger kids generally do with it? He naturally loves playing, and I don't want to squelch that with added responsibility of lessons if its too soon--I'm hoping lessons nurture his love for it instead. And method...I learned the traditional way of learning to read music off the bat. But then there's the Suzuki method, which seems to do more with playing by ear first. I hear mixed reviews about Suzuki.
I still actively play, but I'm no teacher. I do show him things as it comes up since he's so inquisitive and open, but I believe there's an art to teaching and I don't want to hamper his progress. Plus he'd probably be a better student for a non-relative.
I thought I would sit down with some prospective music teachers and just ask them some of these questions too, but I was interested to hear from you all from a Mom perspective what you see happening with your kids, pros and cons.