How old does my child need to be for piano lessons?
I have accepted children as young as 4 years old for private lessons, but I would not typically recommend it. Some kids do alright at 5 years, most do better at 6 years, and there is certainly no harm in waiting until 7, 8, or 9 years old. At that age they understand the concept of practicing much better and do not get warn out or bored from the repetition of having to practice at home every day. They also progress much faster so they get much more satisfaction from playing and have much more motivation to keep learning.
For young children, we highly recommend the early childhood music classes we offer (which you can find listed here) which gives them the opportunity to get involved in making music from a very young age in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, gets them used to the learning environment, and can spark even more interest in learning an instrument for when they are older.
I ask that you please read the following articles before considering piano lessons for your child:
I also HIGHLY RECOMMEND purchasing either this children's clarinet with 8 color coded keys. Your child should be able to independently read the "notes" to the song and play them in the correct order and should be willing to play songs through 2-3 times in a row to "practice." This is a great demonstration of cognitive ability, attention span, fine motor skills, left and right coordination, and musical interest that are all needed in piano playing. If they are unable to complete this with the children's clarinet, it is very unlikely that piano lessons will be successful. Download the songs to play here.