There is something in music that attracts people to listen. That something points to the very nature of music, and that is, to communicate. Even right at the baby’s birth, his cry is a significant communication. People are said to be born with their own disposition and so their ways of communication differ in all aspects. It is right then to say the adage, “Different folks with different strokes.” But with music a common expression is achieved. That is why music is a powerful way to communicate. We need not to wait for our children to show any musical prowess before we teach them music. Even at the time they were conceived, music already played a powerful role. So as to the right age when children can start to learn music depends on how you would like music to become part of their lives.
1. Pre-foundational Stage (Tenderfoots)/”Do-Phase”
Learning music can actually begin at the child’s conception. This is the prenatal stage when you can attune your baby’s sense of hearing to music. Studies reveal that music develops brain functions. As such, during this phase exposing your baby to music opens a door of opportunity to develop his awareness and appreciation for music.
2. Foundational Stage (Explorers)/”Re-Phase”
One research shows that at age three, the brain circuitry has gone progressive which already prepares children to take a somewhat systematic music lessons. It is in this stage that they show signs of recognizing beat and rhythm as well as musical instruments. They are able to tap and sing songs. Suitable instruments for explorers are shakers, drums, and tambourines.
3. Formal Stage 1 (Tinies)/Lower “Mi-Phase”
At age five, children have grasped in advance some musical concepts that can be applied as they perform. They have better bodily coordination as they have started to control both their brain and bodily muscles. Piano and violin are great instruments to start with. It is said that playing piano as a starter makes one flexible to learn playing other musical instruments easily.
4. Formal Stage 2 (Biggies)/Higher “Mi-Phase”
Now at age ten, children have steady grasp of mental concept and sturdy physical support that will enable them to learn and play bigger instruments like brass instruments or drums. In this phase, their musicality has far improved, allowing them to perform with much gusto and confidence.
Learning music is thus fun and educational. Wherever you are in the stage of life, you are never late in learning. It gives you the edge to spend your time in a more meaningful way.