David Szikman Blog 10/3/17

From David Szikman, SSM’s owner:
The two most common questions we’ve gotten over our 14 years of operating, “How old should kids be to start music lessons” and of course, “How long will it take me to learn to play..?”. I always smile a little to myself at the second question because it is such a relative question. I personally have been playing guitar since I was 9 years old, and to me, I’m still trying to learn how to play! :). Meaning, when it comes to learning an instrument, it is a never ending journey every musician takes and their truly is no end to learning. I always answer that question with a comparison to sports, the more time you put in, the more you will get out. Learning your instrument comes down to one thing, practice. The more you practice, the faster you learn, the more your fingers memorize their positions and transitions and every day you get a little better than the day before.. and I can personally testify to that fact, I am still practicing every day, and hopefully getting a little better than the day before! Hopefully..
When it comes to the right age to start, we typically start children as young as 4, however this is a child by child situation where some kids are more ready than others depending on interest, motivation and of course the ever important attention span. So, we always offer a one time trial lesson to gauge the child’s interest and if they are motivated and wanting to learn, we are here to teach! Typically the age ranges we try to stick to are as follows:
Piano: 4 and up
Violin: 4 and up
Viola/Cello: 7 and up
Guitar: 7 and up
Uke: 6 and up
Drums: 6 and up
Voice: 6 and up (voice is tricky and you have to be very careful not to push a child’s vocal chords too hard as they are still developing, so we always take great care in this for our younger kids!)
Brass & Woodwinds: 7 and up
If you would like to come in to try a one time lesson on any of our instruments, just call us at 404-250-0406 or email info@sandyspringsmusic.com and we can arrange a one time $35 trial lesson for you or your child!

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