You can introduce your little one to the joys of music at any time, whether it’s attending a sing-along group, playing her favourite songs at home, or even taking her to a music festival .

At around the age of three you can start encouraging your child to identify melodies or pick out certain instruments like pianos, drums, or violins. A local toddler music group is ideal. This will help to foster a love of music, rhythm, and self-expression. By exploring how instruments sound, and how music makes her feel, she’ll begin to understand how music is made. Recent studies suggest that musical training may even help your child’s brain development by teaching problem-solving skills and boosting her ability to process information.

If you’d like your child to learn a musical instrument, it’s probably best to wait until she’s around five years old, although some children may show that they’re ready sooner than this. The piano is a good instrument to start with as the finger movements are less tricky than with a guitar or violin.

The most important thing is that your little one enjoys her music. Make sure the teacher you choose works well with your child’s age group, and keeps the lesson fun and relaxed

By: The BabyCentre editorial team

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