A Guide to Piano for Children

Getting your kid started on a musical adventure

One of the most rewarding gifts you can give a child is the experience of learning to play a musical instrument. Piano is one of the best instruments to learn because it is so versatile. Today, we will be discussing why piano is an excellent choice and review the basics of piano for children.

Why teach children music?

Many children’s first and best memories involve music. Whether it is a song they heard you sing to them, something they heard on the radio, or something heard online, music is one of the earliest esthetic experiences a kid typically has. The early years are also when a child is most open to learning. Why not get them started? They will thrill at the idea of playing songs they enjoy. Children are typically likely to stick with something they learn early on.

There are other reasons for learning music, as well. There are elements of math in learning music. Children can learn patience through repeating lessons. They can learn logic as they see how chords and notes connect. They can learn communication skills from working with a teacher on a subject they actually want to learn.

Why piano?

Piano is a terrific choice for kids. It’s extremely versatile; it’s used as a primary or backup instrument in virtually all genres of music.

Standard music notation is based on the notes of the piano, which gives piano students an advantage over other musicians when it comes to reading music. This also becomes a distinct advantage if your child eventually decides to take the leap into songwriting.

The basics: choosing a piano

Now that you’ve made the choice to get your child started on piano, what kind should you get, if you don’t already have one? There is a wide variety of them available, at numerous price points. If you have the room and the budget, grand pianos are the overall best investment. On the other end, if finances are tight, consider a small electric piano with a stand that can be easily set up and broken down. There are, of course, models of all kinds that can suit your child’s needs. Don’t go TOO crazy, though. Many children say they want to learn, but may lose interest after a while.

The basics: Choosing an instructor

Take your time and do your research when looking for an instructor for your child. Check with friends and neighbors in your area for recommendations. Look online for ratings and reviews of local teachers. Chances are you will find one that works exceptionally well. Don’t be afraid to change teachers if you find that they are not the best match.

So what do you look for? Try to find one that specializes in teaching children. Typically, you are looking for someone who is patient and kind and will individualize the training to the child’s taste, aptitude, and learning speed.


You are making a great choice in setting your kid off on an adventurous and rewarding path.