As a Waldorf early childhood teacher, and the mother of two young musicians, I have been asked many times over the years what the ideal age is for a child to begin music lessons.
I’ve been asking myself the same question for as many years. In my quest for an answer, I have asked many music teachers and experts.
Waldorf Education and Suzuki Music Instruction
As a young mother I became familiar with the Suzuki method of music instruction, in which children as young as three or four begin to learn an instrument. When my children started music lessons—older son Harper played piano, young son Will played cello—I chose Suzuki teachers for both of them, and as a result have become a strong supporter of Suzuki methods.
Because I am also a Waldorf teacher, I was struck by the many similarities between Suzuki and Waldorf education.