This studio enthusiastically welcomes children who would like to know more about music! Piano lessons are available to children of all ages. Ideally, it is great if there are already certain attributes in place.
For a child to be ready, they need to be able to support themselves physically at the piano. The spine is not fully developed until about age six, so sitting upright at the piano could be more challenging for some students than others. They also need to be able to negotiate the weight of the piano keys.
This can vary between pianos but certain touch or action can be too heavy for a really young child of two or three. It is also best if your child identifies their fingers individually, and can count one to five. If possible, the ability to count these numbers backwards also helps. In addition, to know the alphabet from A to G and be able to repeat it backwards also.
Is it Fun?
Whilst formal singing lessons are not generally offered to young children, they are considered depending on the individual. Without a doubt, wherever singing is pleasurable, fun, effortless, natural and free these are ideal conditions for children to sing. If there is an over-load of cognitive processing required from a child that is still developing emotionally or physically, the joy of singing freely may be impeded.
Another factor to consider, is that the body holds the larynx of a child ‘higher’ than an adult larynx and it’s not really until puberty that it is released. Singing of a more focused nature might be more enjoyable after this has occurred.
Ask us for Advice
It is best to seek advice first, and have a few things in mind:
1. Keep the tessitura (where the piece generally sits vocally) in a comfortable position,
2. Embrace the ‘Goldilocks’ zone – never too high, too low or too loud, and
3. Choose music that your child is emotionally ready for.
For further information, or to book a lesson please get in contact. A current and valid Working with Children certificate is held at this studio.