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We hope these guidelines will help you to have a successful, rewarding experience learning an instrument.


Adults can start any instrument at any time. Their success is based on how willing an adult is to commit to practicing. We are happy to teach beginner students in their 60’s and 70’s – it is never to late to begin your journey in music.

For children pursuing private lessons, starting at the right age can be a key element to the success of lessons. If a child is put into private lessons too soon, they may feel overwhelmed and frustrated. If you are on the fence about weather or not your child is ready for a private lesson environment, we encourage you to join one of our small group programs as a starting point. Our teachers will happily pass along a recommendation as to when they feel your child will be ready to learn privately. Sometimes if a child waits a year or two before starting lessons, their progress can be much faster.

Children who are older than the suggested earliest starting age usually do very well. The following are guidelines we have found to be successful in determining how young a child can start taking music lessons.


5 Months - 4 Years - Musical Magic

Fun filled classes of singing, dancing, movement and instrument play. Parents learn how to enrich their child’s music environment, increase music potential and understand music development.

Each class is 45 minutes long. Families receive a broad variety of musical sounds and activities designed to stimulate musical learning. Our library of 11 Collections allow your family to enjoy class for almost three years with all new music each session. Mixed age classes are developmentally appropriate and allow siblings to enjoy class together.

6-7 Year Olds

A child who enjoys going to the piano or indicates a strong interest in music or musical instruments of any kind, is a child you should begin a musical journey with! All children at any age can benefit from an experience in the Performing Arts. For younger students, the group music environment is usually an excellent place to start your journey. When considering private lessons, you may choose to think about fine motor control as well as the maturity and attention span necessary for continued, individual practice. Will the child happily focus for 30 minutes on a series of directed tasks? A child with a strong foundation in movement, vocal development, and listening is more likely to be successful and remain motivated in private lessons when compared to a group lesson environment. At Red Deer Music Lessons, we pride ourselves on developing skills, building self confidence, respect and motivation over a period of time. Our greatest goal is that your child enjoys their musical experience week after week!


At our school 6 years old is the youngest age that we start children in private piano lessons.  Every so often a child may be ready to begin lessons as early as 5yrs of age.   At this age they have begun to develop longer attention spans and can retain material with ease.
Guitar - Acoustic, Electric
6 years old is the earliest we recommend for guitar lessons. Guitar playing requires a fair amount of pressure on the fingertips from pressing on the strings. Children under 6 generally have small hands and may find playing uncomfortable.
Voice Lessons
7 years old is recommended as the youngest age for private vocal lessons. Due to the physical nature of voice lessons (proper breathing techniques, development of the vocal chords and lung capacity), the younger body is generally not yet ready for the rigors of vocal technique. For children younger than 7, we offer a small group lesson environment that is designed to introduce children to musicality and explore their natural talents as a vocalist. Small group lessons will also teach a student how to use their voices properly, in a fun and relaxed environment and are offered to students aged 5-8 years.




Different students require different teaching approaches. Some students progress best with the peer interaction and class motivation of a group session. Other students prefer the focused concentration of an individual one on one lesson. Once a student is more advanced it will be necessary to take private lessons to master the advanced techniques of an instrument or voice with individual attention. Make sure that your student has the option to select the learning style that is best suited for them.


Learning music is not just a matter of having a qualified teacher, but also having an environment that is focused on music education. In a professional school environment a student cannot be distracted by TV, ringing phones, siblings or anything else. With only 1/2 to one hour of lesson time per week, a professional school environment can produce better results since the only focus at that time is learning music. Students in a school environment are also motivated by hearing peers who are at different levels and by being exposed to a variety of musical instruments. In a music school, the lessons are not just a hobby or sideline for the teacher but a responsibility which is taken very seriously.



As with anything, improving in music takes practice. One of the main problems with music lessons is the drudgery of practicing and the fight between parents and students to practice every day. Here are some ways to make practicing easier.


Set the same time every day to practice so it becomes part of a routine or habit. This works particularly well for children. Generally the earlier in the day the practicing can occur, the less reminding is required by parents to get the child to practice.


We use this method quite often when setting practice schedules for beginners. For a young child 20 or 30 minutes seems like an eternity. Instead of setting a time frame, we use repetition. For example, practice this piece 4 times every day, and this scale 5 times a day. The child then does not pay attention to the amount of time they are practicing their instrument, but knows if they are on repetition number 3 they are almost finished.


This works very well for both children and adult students. Some adults reward themselves with a cappuccino after a successful week of practicing. Parents can encourage children to practice by granting them occasional rewards for successful practicing. In our school we reward young children for a successful week of practicing with stars and stickers on their work. Praise tends to be the most coveted award – there just is no substitute for a pat on the back for a job well done. Sometimes we all have a week with little practicing, in that case there is always next week.


Most Importantly . . .HAVE FUN!!

Music should be something that you enjoy for a lifetime. So, try not to put unrealistic expectations on yourself or your children to learn too quickly. Everyone learns at a different pace and the key is to be able to enjoy the journey. Our goal as a studio is to have every student feel accomplished and proud to be learning their instrument of choice.


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