Your child comes racing home from a busy day at school, and they’ve decided they want to learn violin. Children can be enthusiastic about one thing for a matter of minutes before they dramatically change their attention somewhere else. Its a part of what they do: discover new things. As a parent, hearing that your child has an interest in playing the violin can be exciting news. Learning music has tremendous benefits for the developing brain, and study after study proves that children really should learn an instrument. How can you tell if your child is ready to begin lessons on the violin? Consider some of these factors before adding another commitment to your busy schedule:
How old is your child?
Children are each unique, and there is not a right or wrong answer as to what the right age is to begin violin lessons. The best age for children is usually somewhere between ages five and seven when they have the perfect combination of enthusiasm, ability to learn, and fine motor skills. However, some children can still benefit from private lessons at an earlier age, as long as they have a remarkable ability to focus, follow instructions well, and understand numbers and letters. If your child is older than seven, it is still not too late for them to establish significant talent on the violin. Older children are able to understand the concepts of music more quickly, and with dedicated practice, they can easily catch up to their peers.
How much time are you willing to dedicate?
The most common surprise for parents and students is the amount of time it takes to mature on any instrument. Beginner students will need to learn how to read music, how the notes of a scale are organised, and some basic music theory before being able to play well. Most violin classes in Singapore range from 45 to 60 minutes with a private instructor, and your child will be expected to show improvements in the next lesson. That will require practise on their part at least five times a week at 15 to 30-minute intervals, and you may need to help them stay motivated.
Does your child have any natural ability?
Natural talent is not a requirement to take violin lessons, but having an appreciation for music can help. As your child plays in their free time, do you notice them humming or singing their favourite song? If you have a keyboard or violin at home, are they drawn to it in any way? How do they react when music is playing around them? These can be signs that your child has an ear for music, and would thrive under private instruction. If you haven’t noticed any particular signs of innate musical ability, that is perfectly normal. You will find other clues to your child’s ability to learn violin are closely associated with their academic proficiency in math, interests in building with their toys, and their curiosity about how things work. Children often have hidden talents, and they have to be exposed to new things before they can discover all of their passions.
The decision to enroll in private violin lessons ultimately comes down to the parent’s determination to help their child succeed. Learning to play the violin takes patience and determination to evolve into a skilled musician, and it is a journey that never ends. You should expect to invest money into your child’s development, to dedicate energy into their practise, and you will need to spend time supporting them in order for your child to achieve this goal. It may seem like a lot at first, but it will all be worth it when you see them perform in front of family and friends.