Many parents don’t realize just how much music lessons can do for you and your child.
It's not a secret that music lessons are expensive. For individual lessons the average price is $35 per half an hour. And for group lessons it is about $300 per term. Luckily there's a cheaper option in Auckland. Some music schools are government-subsidised and they run programmes for as little as $70 - $170 a year!It is only for primary and intermediate school children, but it is exactly the age where learning music has maximum benefits. I found 5 such schools in Auckland, see the list
Every instrument has age limitations. Piano/keyboard and Recorder are great to start with and your child can start learning them from the age of 5. Certain instruments, such as percussion, help children develop coordination and motor skills; but they are for older chidren (from 8 years old) and are better learnt as a second instrument. Also, you need to consider amount of space in your home. A piano or drum set is going to take up more room than a violin or flute.
Be sure to consider travel times carefully to make sure you can have your child at their lessons on time. You should visit the location to see if it will be a good place for learning. Check out music schools around you . There's also an option to hire a private tutor that will come to your place, you can easily find them online , but this option tends to be more expensive.
The perfect age to start depends on the child. There's couple of music schools in Auckland that specialise on pre-school aged children. Children two years old and sometimes younger can be taught how to clap along with the beat of their favorite songs and identify rhythms. The younger your child is, the easier it will be for him or her to learn, so if they show an interest in learning, that’s when you should sign them up.
For more formal instruction in singing or learning an instrument, 5 is usually a good age to start. By that age, children are usually able to sit still longer and focus better. However, a child who doesn’t want to learn how to sing or play an instrument shouldn’t be forced. Forcing your child to learn is unlikely to lead to a love of music. If your child fights you every step of the way, waiting until he or she is a little older might help.