With so many great school jazz programs in the Seattle and Wallingford area, we often have families who come to CMA looking to start jazz lessons for their child. Or they are at least curious about whether they should start their child in jazz lessons or do more traditional music lessons.
Over the years, Creative Music Adventures in Wallingford has become known for our group piano lessons. This took us several years to accomplish for many reasons.
Last week I covered the basics on what instrument to choose for beginning students between the ages of 4 and 7 years old. This week I'll introduce some things to think about before starting a child on music lessons who is 8 years of age or older.
Parents often feel at a loss when it comes to choosing the "right" instrument for their child. The good news is that there often isn't a right instrument - especially if musical concepts (not repertoire) are the emphasis in early lessons. Once students start on something, they usually will start to gravitate towards a specific instrument or style over time. They can easily transfer the understanding of concepts gained from their first instrument to other instruments.