Why Younger is Better
Children are born with a natural aptitude for music not related to heredity.1 Left unattended, this aptitude declines and is difficult to reverse. University research shows early music study stimulates brain development and actually forms new permanent brain connections.2 The study showed preschool-aged-children who received piano/keyboard training significantly outperformed others on spatial-reasoning tests.
The three stages of learning 3
Romance - Age 4-6
Attracted to the pleasure of the learning
Precision – Age 7-12
Technical skill, theoretical aspects, practice
Generalization – Age 13-17
Developed skills enable personal expression and composition: a return to the “Romance” stage
1Dr. Edwin E. Gordon, Temple University, “Development of Musicality and Instrumental Readiness in the Preschool Child”, MTNA convention, Wichita 1989.
2Dr. Gordon Shaw, University of California at Irvine; Dr. Frances Rauscher, University of Wisconsin Neurological Research, February 1997.
3Alfred N. Whitehead, “The Rhythm of Education” The Aims of Education, 1929.