Countless articles have been written in favor of music education. The experts have done research to show that learning how to play an instrument improves brain activity. Students who play an instrument do better in school. For the parents who have done the research and believe in the results, the question is, “how young do I start them?”
To properly answer this question, you need to decide what path you are going to take. What instrument(s) do you want them to learn? If you were looking for lessons for a young child, ages 3-8, this author suggests taking piano or violin lessons.
To look for a good piano teacher, go to your local music store. Go to a store such as A&G Central Music in Madison Heights, Eastside Music in Roseville, or Marshall Music in Troy. Ask the sales representative if they know of anyone in the area that offers piano lessons. The music store people deal with the instructors on a regular basis. They also deal with their clients and they hear what the clients are saying. The author of this article knows that the stores recommended to the reader will not lead them astray. When you do decide to contact a teacher, ask for references. Do the research necessary to ensure that the instructor is a good fit for your child.
If you are looking at having your child learn violin, this author highly recommends the Suzuki Method. It is geared toward younger children and will progress with your child. Say that you were based in Ferndale, you would go to the website for the Suzuki Association of the Americas (suzukiassociation.org) and search for a teacher nearby. There aren’t and with Ferndale city limits but there are five right next door in Royal Oak. Again, ask for references. You are entrusting this person with your child’s music education. You are also investing a lot of money into this endeavor. It is worth the research.