Starting lessons very early—age 2 ½ to 5 is a foundation of the Suzuki Method
Here’s why young children can begin violin lessons:
Most fundamental motor patterns emerge before the age of five and are merely stabilized beyond that age.*
Young ones like repetition and tend not to be self-conscious, so they learn things more slowly but also more thoroughly.
Preschool children have fewer competing activities than school aged children do and can take violin lessons easily.
Young children love to please their parents with small accomplishments.
By the time they are ready to read music, they already play many songs from memory.
They will never be able to remember or imagine life without music.
Infants can imitate, even match pitch, as early as three to four months of age, and purposeful singing can begin at around twelve months. In other words, they are ready.*
The years from birth through age six are critical for learning how to unscramble the aural images of music and to develop mental representations for organizing music.*
The most typical negative influence on developmental music aptitude is simply neglect. Hence, the inborn potential for musical growth may actually atrophy.*
When teaching a 3 or 4 year old to attend, “…they’re not only working on their auditory skills but also working on their attention skills and their memory skills — which can translate into scholastic learning.”**
“To learn to read, you need to have good working memory, make sound-to-meaning connections…each one of these things really seems to be strengthened with active engagement in playing a musical instrument.”**
Our Suzuki Baby & Toddler Class is an excellent way to prepare a baby or child under 4 for violin lessons. The child can enroll in both Baby & Toddler class and violin lessons simultaneously.