S.C. asks from Land O Lakes, FL on May 26, 2009
Does/did Your 5 Year Old Take Music Lessons?
We want to start our son in music lessons and I'm wondering what other options are available for 5 year olds besides the obvious ones I can think of; piano, violin. If you have experience with your child taking lessons, please let me know. We live in Land O Lakes.
R.W. answers from Tampa on May 28, 2009
Take him to a music store and let him see all the different instruments. I know of someone that had their 5 year old playing sax. It should be his choice, not yours. No child should be made to take lessons unless they really want to. Even if he chooses the drums. Let him lead the way and you follow. You will find you have a healthier happier child.
M.B. answers from Tampa on May 26, 2009
Hi, Depending on the child it is sometimes possible to start on drums or guitar at his age. Bigel Music (located on Bruce B Downs Opposite Wharton High School) can do a free evaluation of your son to determine which instrument may be appropriate for him. Their number is ###-###-####
S.C. answers from Tampa on May 27, 2009
Music seems to be a big topic right now - I love it!!! I have two boys and both of them love to play the guitar. Katherine Hintz lives off of 54 (not sure if it is in Land O Lakes or considered Lutz) and she does guitar lessons. She is amazing!!!! My child goes for music classes (focused on all kinds of instruments and learning rhythm, etc.) he is 3 and my 5 year old loves to go to the classes as well. It may be a good way to find out if he is interested in the guitar before forking out the money for it.
You can reach Katherine at ____@____.com or ###-###-####. She is extremely resonable on her pricing!!
K.H. answers from Tampa on May 27, 2009
Perhaps a music introduction class where you experiment with different times of instruments and sounds could be good groundwork for making the right decision. I'm a music teacher in Land O Lakes and have group sessions for 3-6 yr olds. In class we experiment with rhythm and ear training, self-expression with diverse musical genres and we play on different percussion instruments including African drums, cymbals, bells and string instruments like the guitar, violin, viola and piano. Every few weeks we introduce a new instrument while laying out the basics for future private instruction. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in recieving more information and I would gladly assist you. My kids are very happy musicians in class. :)
B.R. answers from Tampa on May 27, 2009
My sons began piano when they were 6 - most teachers said they wouldn't teach boys until they were 6 because they don't sit & pay attention as well as girls (they'll teach girls at 5). They have learned an amazing amount in 16 months & play beautifully. Good luck with whatever you decide!