A child's progress is greatly influenced by certain skills, such as finger dexterity (can your child make "O"s with each of their fingers touching their thumb?), the ability to move each finger independently of the others, their natural ability to keep a steady beat, and their communication skills with their teacher. Everyone learns at a different pace, but most children will get through their Level 1 book in 6-12 months. Older children will make MUCH quicker progress. Keep in mind that a child who takes lessons for three years from 9-12 years old will make SO much more progress than a child who plays from 5-8 years old...Make sure your child stays in lessons long enough to get the joy of mastering an instrument, which usually takes until about Level 3 of most lesson book series (approximately 2-3 years). Psst...you're paying for lessons, so you want to make sure your kid is getting the brain benefits everyone is talking about, right???
If your child seems frustrated or bored, talk to their teacher about adding some fun repertoire (maybe music from their favorite movie or video game), or finding an ensemble or performance opportunity to keep them motivated!
How long did it take YOU (or your child) to master an instrument?
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