As soon as possible! Birth! In utero, even! The benefits of learning music are numerous, and as soon as babies can hear, they begin to benefit the young learner.
We’re not saying you need to start formal music lessons for you 2 week old, but there’s lots you can do at every stage to encourage musical development and build a life-long sense for pitch.
That’s why Prodigies has material for kids infants on up through elementary school students!
However, if you’re looking to get the most out of your child’s music education, research shows that meaningful and consistent play with pitch during the early years (under 4) can blossom into the wonderful skill of memorized pitch.
In the traditional sense, piano lessons generally begin around age 5. The problem with waiting this long is that you miss out on the critical period for auditory development, which starts to end around age 5.
Here at Prodigies, we’re all about giving young children (babies, toddlers and preschoolers alike) meaningful play with individual musical notes. This will develop their life-long sense for pitch and might even unlock the rare and coveted skill of Perfect Pitch.
Plus, you can create meaningful play with musical notes in lots of fun, colorful and kid-friendly ways that don’t require a ton of motor control, attention span, or the ability to read.
In other words, instead of trying to teach young children how to play an instrument, you want to focus on singing and on exposing them to musical notes in a slow, deliberate and meaningful fashion.
Your child will learn other subjects along with music like colors, numbers and preschool sight words, and it’s never too early to start practicing those skills!
Learn more about pitch development and the critical period for auditory development in our recent webinar available at ProdigiesMusic.com/speakmusic.