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The Best Age to Study an Instrument

November 27, 2017

"What is the best age to start studying piano?" "I'm an adult, is it too late to start?"  "My daughter is 4 years old and wants to play guitar, is she too young?"  "Would my 3-year-old benefit from voice lessons?"  If you have found yourself asking questions like this, you came to the right place.  In today's post, we will break it down and suggest the best age for each instrument.


First of all, it is never too late to begin taking lessons.  That includes singing.  Many adults feel that they cannot improve, but that is simply not true.  As long as you have an eagerness to learn, you can pick up a new instrument at any age. 



The best age to start piano lessons is 5 years old.  At this point, children's hands are bigger and they tend to have the attention span to sit still.



For guitar lessons, the best age to start lessons is 7 years old.  The guitar is rough on the fingers, so the most important thing is to make sure the student's fingers are strong.  Younger students will need an appropriate size guitar.  7-8 year-olds are typically comfortable with a 1/2 size guitar, 9-12 year-olds usually use a 3/4 size guitar and 12 years and above use a full size. 


Most students benefit from voice lessons starting at 8 years old.  The voice is very fragile and proper singing requires awareness of your body.  At the age of 8, children often have an easier time making the physical adjustments necessary to produce a healthy tone.  


If your child displays a talent or passion for music, it is never too early to start.  If they are too young to begin an instrument, consider a music appreciation class such as Kindermusik or Music Together.  These classes teach young children the foundations of music rhythm and pitch, which will help them tremendously when they begin studying an instrument.


Some of you may be reading this thinking, my child is a lot older than the recommended age, have I done my child a disservice by starting lessons later?  The answer is no.  It is never too late to reap the countless benefits of studying a musical instrument.



Interested in studying one or more of the instruments?  Give us a call at 631-223-8433 or email us at  We look forward to helping you reach your musical goals!

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