You Can Never Start Music Too Young
Updated: May 7
We are often asked ‘what age can my child start to learn an instrument and which instrument should they play’? There is no ‘perfect’ age for a child to pick up an instrument, but our suggested guide would be between 4 and 8 is ideal.
Mozart often watched his older sister practice piano. He started learning the basics when he was just three years old. When he was five, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's first ever composition was a dainty and balanced little Minuet and Trio in G major…
Starting early can help to strengthens self-confidence, improve coordination, help to train patience and stamina.
Learning an instrument is also a good way to express feelings and emotions, improve maths, reading, listening and comprehension skills.
And finally, it creates a sense of achievement.
A nurturing environment is key for young students, to make the lessons fun and suitable for their age.
What Instrument Should My Child Begin to Study?
At The Music Works you can begin music lessons from the age of 4, starting with the Junior Music Course. Age 6+ is perfect for the Ukulele and Age 8+ for drums, guitar, singing, keyboard or music production.
The Junior Music Course (JMC) is Yamaha's flagship educational programme. The course starts students from the age of 4 or 5 years old. This is the ideal time to develop absolute pitch, a sense of harmony and the ability to recognise harmonic phrases. The standard of musician the course produces is of a very high standard, where students understand music on a level where they can easily pivot to multiple instruments.
The Yamaha Junior Music Course The goal of the Junior Music Course is to enable children to sing what they hear, play what they sang and to compose music in a natural, expressive way. Learning this way helps to develop the foundations for creativity and expression using the keyboard instrument as a learning tool in a fun and engaging way. Using rich imagery with story book style syllabuses, and approaching music as a language, children can learn in a natural and joyful way.
Parents sit in on the lessons to help students develop quickly and learn in a fun and social way.
We are fortunate enough to have a hugely experienced JMC teacher deliver lessons at the Milford Centre. Due to this we are always operating a waiting list, so make sure to sign up in good time in order to have the best chance of joining the course. We would recommend that students are added to the waiting list after their 3rd birthday.