best time to start piano lessons is generally between the ages of 6 and 10.
Most piano teachers consider the start of the second or third grade to be
the optimum time to start lessons.
The children are mature enough and have learned enough about
language and math to succeed as long as they are interested and have
is not to say that your kid will be unsuccessful starting before or
after this age range. Some children start as early as 4 and some
teenagers and many adults have begun the study of piano with great
sooner your child starts piano after the age of 5 or 6, the
better. If you wait until after they turn 12 the brain has 'Hard-wired' to the point that progress is slower and is
further complicated by the onset of puberty. Plus,
an early start in music helps the brain develop in other ways. The American
Music Conference says 'The news has been hard to miss: in study
after study, scientists are finding correlations between music making
and some of the deepest workings of the human brain.'"
timing of the start of piano lessons and the selection of a teacher that
is right for your child are very important in the success of piano
For kids 12
Pensacola Music Teachers
41 South Palafox Place
Pensacola, FL 32502
Most area teachers
start kids between the second and fifth grades. A few will
start them before and after that. Once your child is ready
to begin lessons you can involve them in "Piano For Kids"
activities before they start and after.
Names of all area
piano teachers are available free of charge year-round from Dollarhide's Music
and are available by zip code and other sorting. PMTA
members may be found on the PMTA web site or by calling
should visit Dollarhide's downtown Pensacola piano store with
their child when seeking help about starting lessons, whether
they need a piano or not. The visit will offer your child piano
history, an introduction to all sizes and types of pianos, a
preview of performing on a 9' Steinway concert grand and enthusiasm
about learning to play the piano. The staff is friendly
and professional and welcomes you any time. Click HERE
for a map to Dollarhide's store.
Back-to-School, the most common time to start piano lessons. Get names of teachers near your
home and visit their studios with your child. Call Dollarhide's or visit
the PMTA web site for teacher names. Visit with several teachers
in their studios with your child. Select the teacher that
seems right for your child.
Rent, buy or otherwise make plans for a piano or digital piano in your home.
- November: Teachers with openings will continue to accept
students. Call Dollarhide's or visit PMTA web site for teacher
children will see school presentations for 2nd graders by the "Piano For Kids"
volunteers in elementary schools. Others may
attend scheduled presentations on Saturday mornings at Dollarhide's.
October - December:
Attend Fall, Halloween and Christmas recitals by area teachers at
Dollarhide's recital hall and other sites with your child. Attend
Gallery Night in downtown Pensacola in November which will feature piano
teachers performing at Dollarhide's Music Center.
January - February:
Many teachers encourage new student enrollments during January. Attend Symphony concerts featuring pianists. Watch your church calendar for piano events.
March - May: Attend student recitals and performances at Dollarhide's and other
Symphony concerts featuring pianists. Get names of teachers near your
home and visit their studios with your child.
June - July: Finalize enrollment with a
teacher. Buy or otherwise make plans for a practice piano in your home.