Before I became a music therapist I was an orchestral musician. I would often hear people tell me “you are so talented, I wish I had music talent” or something similar. I often thought “you didn’t hear me when I started …”
No matter what age you begin to learn a skill, every one starts at the beginning. Some may have some advantages like starting at an early age, long fingers for piano, or be able to pick up the basic skills quickly. However as I have talked to most musicians, and they will tell you the same thing, around age 7-8 talent ran out and practicing took over.
Some key things to developing a music ability in your child:
Pablo Casals a brilliant cellist, was well into his nineties as he continued to practice intensely with his cello, and when he was asked why he was so diligent he replied with one of these statements: because I think I’m making progress.
Here is a few ideas to help foster a love of Music with your child:
Developing music skills with small children:
Written by Tyne Heenan, MT-BC, MTA, NMT – Neurologic Music Therapist with Wildflowers