[Parentsgroup-list] Musical education for kids

Manjari C. Miller mchatter at fas.harvard.edu
Tue May 5 14:47:19 EDT 2009

we were looking into this too for our 2.5 year old who is very interested in 
music and instruments. We were told by a musician friend who teaches kids that:

1. for piano you need a certain hand span--which kids don't have till 5 or 6. 
sometimes even later.

2. Piano is a lonely instrument--in the sense that little kids learn better in 
groups/bands etc and piano is something that is taught alone and played alone 
until much much later.

3. Given 1 and 2, start the kid off on a violin--which they can start at 3 or 
4, is a more "social instrument" and lends itself to less frustration.

4. You can take or dismiss all of 1-3 if you take individual experiences--my 
husband's whole family is very musical, my husband did not take well to violin 
lessons (spent his time drumming his heels into the floor), did much better on 
the piano and now plays piano and guitar.

I think is, depending on the kid's age, try violin first (with due apologies to 
your mom).


On Tue, 5 May 2009, Alexander Macalalad wrote:

> Hello,
> We recently were given an upright piano (thanks Mom!) and are
> considering piano lessons for our kids.  I had the following questions
> for the group:
> 1.  What were your thoughts or experiences about musical education in
> general and piano lessons specifically?  Is there an age when it is too
> soon or too late to start?  Pointers to good piano teachers?  Price for
> lessons?
> 2.  Anyone know a good, cheap piano tuner?
> 3.  Anyone have a piano bench or equivalent they would consider giving
> away?  Right now we are using unpacked boxes of books to sit on.
> Like many grad students, we don't have a lot of resources.  I do think
> that money towards a musical education is money well spent, but I wanted
> to tap the collective experience of the group for your thoughts.
> You can email me privately for questions #2 or #3.  Question #1 might be
> of general interest to the group.
> Thanks in advance for any help or pointers you can give.
> Alex
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