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Adults can start any instrument at any time. Their success is based on how willing an adult is to commit to practicing. We teach many beginner students in their 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s.

For children, starting at the right age is a key element to the success of their lessons. Some people will tell you the sooner the better but this attitude can actually backfire and be negative. If a child is put into lessons too soon they may feel overwhelmed and frustrated and want to stop lessons. The last thing you want to do is turn a child off music just because they had one unpleasant experience which could have been prevented.

Sometimes if the child waits a year to start lessons, their progress can be much faster. Children who are older than the suggested earliest starting age usually do very well. The following are guidelines we have found to be successful in determining how young a child can start taking music lessons.  

3-4 Years Old

If a pre-schooler has a keen desire and wants to start music, we recommend that he experiences music through floating lessons, until the child is 5 years old.  This will give them a good foundation in music basics which will be helpful in later private lessons. At this age, private lessons on a weekly basis generally do not work as the child has not yet experienced the formal learning environment of kindergarten or school and learns more effectively through the game oriented preschool environment.

Piano /Keyboard

At our school 5 years old is the youngest age that we start children in private piano lessons on a weekly basis. At this age they have begun to develop longer attention spans and can retain material with ease.

Guitar – Acoustic, Electric and Bass

6 years old is the earliest we recommend for guitar lessons. Guitar playing requires a fair amount of pressure on the fingertips from pressing on the strings. Children under 6 generally have small hands and may find playing uncomfortable. Bass guitar players generally are 8 years old and older.
Voice lessons

5 years old is recommended as the youngest age for private vocal lessons. Due to the physical nature of voice lessons (proper breathing techniques, development of the vocal chords and lung capacity), the younger body is generally not yet ready for the rigors of vocal technique.

The average age of our youngest drum student is 6 years old. This varies greatly depending on the size of the child. They have to be able to reach both the pedals and the cymbals.

Flute, Clarinet & Saxophone

Due to lung capacity (and in this case of the saxophone the size of the instrument), we recommend that most woodwind beginners are 8 and older.


We accept violin students from age 5. Some teachers will start children as young as 3, but experience has shown us the most productive learning occurs when the beginner is 5 or older.


The trumpet requires physical exertion and lung power. 8 years and older is a good time to start the trumpet.

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