This is a hot question, and one I am asked frequently. Every piano teacher has vastly different opinions on this subject - and mine is not necessarily the most popular one!
My goal at Belmont Piano Academy is to provide an engaging and well-rounded music education to young piano students, ages 5-18. My goal has always been, and always will be, to do what is best for each individual child. I don’t take students younger than 5 years old – and to be honest, 5 is even pushing it! Here are some of the reasons I suggest starting lessons later than other teachers.
I always encourage parents to examine the thought process behind why they want their child in private lessons before the age of 5. I tell them that I was 8 years old when I started lessons – and I started because I wanted to. I also received one of the best piano degrees in the country, which is proof that it was not too late.
Music lessons should enrich the child’s life, not define it.
Michal Grace Harris
Piano Teacher & Accompanist