Q.: What instrument should I get for my child?
A.: To avoid injury and to develop the highest skill technique it is important to get a guitar that is child-sized. We recommend a small nylon-string guitar for the beginner's maximum success. Parents shouldn't scrimp on an instrument. The critical dimension is length, not width of the guitar.
Here is a suggested size according to the general age of a child. The lengths given are string lengths:
• Age 4 - 6: under 18"
• Age 6 - 8: under 21"
• Age 8 - 10: under 23"
• Age 10 - 12: under 25".
Some good brands are Strunal, Montana, Jasmine,and Esteve.
A.: There is no research that suggests any age is better than any other. However recent research from University of California indicate that the positive effects of learning to play a musical instrument on cognition and brain development in children is most dramatic before the age of 12. The best time is when a child wants to learn. The Childbloom Program specializes in teaching children between the ages of 5 and 12.
A.: For children a one-on-one private lesson with a teacher is often stressful and inefficient. The small group lessons used in the Childbloom Program allow a child to learn ensemble musical skills as well as solo skills. There has been shown no discernible difference in learning pace between Childbloom classes and private lessons. However, the Childbloom lessons tend to be enjoyed more by the students who stick with the learning longer and develop to higher levels of skill than in the other formats. The Childbloom classes have been characterized by leading child and family psychologist, Dr. Harold Grotevant as "...a positive learning experience in a low-pressure environment.
A.: Because every area is different, the individual Childbloom Directors set their own prices and schedule their own students. Typically, the Childbloom Program is one of the least expensive music education programs in your area. Contact your local Instructor for specific information.