By now, most people are aware of the benefits of playing a musical instrument. Over the past few decades, studies have shown kids exposed to music education demonstrate improved language abilities, strengthened neural connections, increased focus, memory, empathy, and self-confidence.
But at what age can kids start learning guitar?
Well, I’ll answer that question in this video. Plus, I’ll provide you with my top five tips guaranteed to prepare your child for music lessons, so they have a launching pad for success when they are ready to begin formal training.
WHAT IS THE BEST AGE TO LEARN GUITAR?
In my experience teaching hundreds of elementary school children how to play the guitar in the Rock Dojo’s award-winning after-school programs, I found that most kids are ready to begin music lessons around six-years-old.
That being said,, there are no hard and fast rules. However, there are some clear signs that your child is ready to begin taking guitar lessons.
- If your child is showing an interest in playing guitar, that’s the biggest indicator that he or she may be ready to begin taking guitar lessons.
- Can your child focus for at least 25-minutes? If not, sitting through a guitar lesson might be challenging.
- Is your child motivated to practice? This is another big indicator. Learning to play a musical instrument is fun and rewarding, but it’s also hard work. If your child isn’t motivated to regularly practice, then he or she may not be ready for music lessons.
5 TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR GUITAR LESSONS
- Singing: When it comes to playing a musical instrument, the best assets are a great work ethic and a solid musical ear. And nothing develops the musical ear like singing. That’s because singing helps connect the body with musical pitches, intervals, and phrasing. Plus, kids don’t need any special training to sing along with their favorite songs.
- Clapping: Music is comprised of melody, harmony, and rhythm. While singing improves kids’ sense of melody, clapping will improve their rhythmic sensibilities. And as Duke Ellington said, “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing!”
- Dancing: Dancing takes clapping to a whole nother level. Since it involves the entire body, dancing is great for improving kids’ sense of rhythm. Plus, dancing is fun, and isn’t that what music is all about?
- Listening to lots of different types of music: While it’s great to expose kids to musical masters like Bach and Beethoven, it’s also just as beneficial to expose kids to lots of different musical styles. Be sure to listen to great guitarists like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Jeff Beck, but what about blues, jazz, bluegrass, or even Bollywood. This is one area that will pay off for years to come because many guitarists tend to be plagued by the usual influences. Listening to lots of different music provides children with an edge, especially later in their lives as they begin to develop their own distinctive styles based on their unique blend of musical influences.
- Attending live concerts: I still remember the first concert I ever attended. It was blues guitarist Clarence Spady performing live at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains, Pennsylvania. That concert changed my life and shaped my destiny. You can provide your children with the same life-changing opportunities by sharing live music with them. And best of all, it’s never been easier to stream live concerts directly into your living room because of the pandemic. In fact, I highly recommend the online platform StageIt for doing just that. I’ll provide a link to StageIt in the comments section.
FREE ONLINE GUITAR LESSONS FOR KIDS
Please make sure you click on the link below to get your free guitar course for kids. In the free course, I’ll teach your kid how to hold the guitar, parts of the guitar, open strings, power chords, and so much more! Just click on the link below to sign up for the free course.
If you have a question about the guitar, leave it in the comments section, and I’ll make sure to answer it in a future video.
And remember, every guitar master was once a beginner, the more you practice, the better you will become. ROCK!
Sign Your Kids Up For Online Guitar Lessons
The Rock Dojo is an award-winning guitar program for kids in Portland, OR. Online guitar lessons are the safest and most effective method for learning to play the guitar during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can register your kid now for our online group guitar classes for kids and private guitar lessons for kids.