Is my child old enough for guitar lessons? Are they big enough? With so many videos and how-to articles on the Internet do they even need a teacher? We’re ready for lessons, but how can I find a teacher?
We hear these questions all the time. They are important questions, and without some guidance they can sometimes stand in the way of an incredibly enriching experience for your child. At Lesson In Your Home we can help you decide if your child is ready for lessons, and get them started with guitar lessons in Miami.
Is my child old enough for guitar lessons?
This is a common, and important question, which many families have. Learning music can truly start at any age. In many ways it starts as soon as you start playing music around your child. A good Miami guitar teacher will help your child build on their early exposure to music, and supplement it with musical language and instrument technique.
Children who play instruments at a young age show increased development in language, memory, and attention. Aside from the well-studied neurological benefits of learning an instrument, playing can reduce stress and burnout by giving kids (and adults) a creative outlet. So, at any age, if your child shows an interest in learning the guitar you should encourage them!
Is my child big enough to play guitar?
If your child has expressed an interest in playing guitar, they are big enough start learning. It’s true that, for smaller kids, holding the instrument and pushing down the strings can be challenging. Fortunately guitars today are built in many sizes and styles. Determining the right size (full, 3/4, ½) and type (acoustic, nylon string, electric) can seem daunting. A Lessons in Your Home guitar teacher can help you choose the perfect instrument for your child.
It is also true that those same physical challenges of holding the instrument and pressing the strings down will often be present for students of all sizes. So starting early will give your child a head start!
There are so many videos online nowadays. Do we really need a teacher?
Trying to learn an instrument without a teacher can present challenges that may discourage your child, and guitar is no exception. Furthermore, a good guitar teacher will give your child the tools they need to be their own best teacher. Here are a just a few of the benefits to having a guitar teacher:
- A dedicated guitar teacher can identify exactly what your child needs to work on. Learning an instrument is a personal experience. One-size fits all approaches can neglect the specific needs of your child that a good teacher will spot.
- Consistent practice and identifiable goals are crucial when it comes to learning the guitar. Having weekly lessons gives your child the structure that will help them progress on their instrument.
- A teacher can provide students with opportunities to perform, which is a valuable experience for students at any level. Here are 4 benefits of playing in a recital.
- Learning guitar should be fun! However, the necessary technical exercises required to improve don’t always seem that fun. A good teacher will show students how their practice will pay off later, as well as how to practice their technique in an enjoyable way. The more fun practice is, the more your child will improve and the more rewarding their experience will be.
How can I find a guitar teacher?
Now you know that your child can start guitar lessons as soon as they have expressed an interest. In fact, you should welcome and encourage any desire your child may show for learning music. It is a highly enriching experience that will benefit kids at any age. Working with a great guitar teacher can be truly life changing.
We have many experienced guitar teachers in Miami/South Florida, and in all of our regions around the country. Our teachers will come right to your home for every lesson, plus we offer virtual music lessons, too. Our online music lessons are being taught by local music teachers with live lessons tailored to your child! Contact us today to learn more.
By Bryan Dubrow