Lesson FAQ

What is the best age for my child to start music lessons?

There is no set age for when a child should begin music lessons. Some factors to consider are your child’s developmental readiness, the family’s interest and ability to support the child’s learning, and also the type of program that you are considering.

Programs for very young children (under 4 years) usually involve active parent participation, combining movement, singing and props. Around ages 3 and 4, children are usually ready to begin learning in a group lesson (usually piano or violin) with other children their own age. Group instrumental lessons combine creative musical activities along with instrumental instruction.

Around the ages of 5 and 6, most students are usually ready for private lessons. We offer a free assessment which can include a measure of whether a student can be expected to progress well in a private class.

I am XX years old, am I old to start lessons?

There is no best before date for starting music lessons. Whether you are trying to reignite your passion for music or picking up a new hobby – you can start lessons with one of our teachers. Remember to communicate with your teacher with realistic expectations and goals, set aside time for practicing, and enjoy the journey.

Do you offer online lessons?

Our school offers online lessons conducted on Zoom for students not local to Markham, Ontario, Canada. All scheduled times will follow the Eastern Timezone (America/Toronto).

What teaching method do you use for music lessons?

Our teachers utilize various method books, including Faber Piano Adventures, Suzuki, Royal Conservatory and Essentials. We adapt our methodology based on the incoming student’s previous experience, maturity and learning gaps. We constantly revise our lesson planning and choice of method based on industry insight and the changing landscape within the music industry.

Why should you consider early music lessons for your child?

Young children have an extraordinary ability to learn given the right teacher and optimal learning environment. Several recent studies have looked at the benefits of starting music education early on. A recent study found that children who started music lessons before age 7 had significant differences in their brain development versus children who started lessons later on. These differences accounted for enhanced motor and visual abilities.

My 4-year-old tried taking individual lessons for a few months and things didn’t work out. Should I wait until my child is older?

Individual music lessons can be especially challenging for younger children. They are often only able to concentrate for limited periods of time and require a teacher who is well-versed in creating an interesting and developmentally-appropriate curriculum. Group lessons or a hybrid of group and private lessons tend to work out better for students of this age group. Heritage Music Academy offers a number of options that are suitable for younger children. Don’t hesitate to contact our school to ask about programs best suited for your child.

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