Is Your Child Ready For Piano Lessons?

Posted on: 15 November 2019

Has your child been asking for piano lessons? Perhaps he or she has been at a friend's house and has seen the friend practicing for his or her next piano lesson. Maybe your child hasn't expressed an interest in playing the piano, but you want that for him or for her. Maybe you have read that children who play a musical instrument often do better in school. 

No matter the reason that you are considering piano lessons for your child, do you already have a plan? If not, from arranging for the lessons to buying a piano, here are some ideas that might help you.

Arrange For Lessons - Of course, the first thing you'll need to do is to find a piano teacher for your child. If one of his or her friend's takes lessons, consider getting a recommendation from that child's parents. The music teacher right at your child's school might provide you with a name. Or, you might be pleasantly surprised to find that the teacher also gives piano lessons after school hours. 

Once you find a piano teacher, ask her or him to talk to your child regarding the child's commitment to playing the piano. For example, the piano teacher might ask your child if he or she is willing to do the piano exercises that come before playing real songs. The teacher might ask if your child will be willing to practice at least five days a week. And, on the fun side, the teacher might ask which special songs your child wants to learn how to play.

Buy A Piano - Consider renting one of the pianos before you actually buy one. By doing that you can hold off on a pretty big purchase until you see how serious your child will be about devoting time to practicing. If you see that taking piano lessons is just not a good thing for your child right now, the rental company will be happy to pick the piano up. 

On the other hand, you might be delighted for find out that your child loves playing the piano and that he or she is very willing to practice. If that's true, count your lucky stars, as many children need big time coaxing to practice the piano. 

If you were renting the piano at first, the piano store might have a rent-to-own plan. If you have been renting for a long time, you might find that you have already paid a large portion on your new piano. 

Perhaps you also want a beautiful piano that will enhance your living room. In that case, consider buying a baby grand piano or a grand piano. While this will probably be a major expense, it is very likely that the piano will one day be a family keepsake.