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What is the Right Age to Introduce the Performing Arts to Children?

All parents desire to give their children a well-rounded education. Children engaged in the performing arts help children develop creativity, emotion, logic, and reason. 

Reading, Science, and Math are part of a school’s curriculum. Unfortunately, the performing arts are not highly-emphasized in school.

The arts use the right hemisphere of the brain. This is the part of the brain that allows a person to have creativity, assess other’s emotions, and identify intuition. These everyday life features help ensure the formation of a successful adult. 

Childhood development and the performing arts lead to the understanding of a child’s academic, mental and social development. Helping your child develop an interest in the performing arts allows him to reach his full potential.

Music Lessons

It is important to know the right age to start music lessons for any age. Many children develop a negative attitude toward music lessons because of the feeling that their parents forced them into learning a musical instrument when they were younger. 

When children are of the right age, he can choose what instrument to learn or if they want to learn an instrument. Some instruments such as wind instruments need a pre-adolescent voice and dexterity of fingers, among others for easy manipulating of the instrument. 

Voice Lessons

Voice lessons are best begun when the after puberty. Children go through puberty at different ages but it is common between 11 or 12 years old. It is during puberty when children’s voices go through drastic changes due to hormonal changes.

During puberty, a boy’s voice grows deeper, lower, and more mature sounding like a man’s voice. It is also during puberty that a girl’s voice turns lower and starts to sound like the voice of an adult woman. 

While a woman’s or teen girl’s voice will sound higher than a teen boy’s or man’s, it still becomes significantly lower than when she was younger. 

It is common for parents to enrolling their 4 or year-olds, kids, to voice lessons. At these ages, voice lessons can be fun and casual. Successful voice training though begins after puberty. 

Ballet Lessons

Almost all little girls have been enrolled in ballet lessons. Many ballet instructors, however, say that formal ballet lessons should only be started when the child is at least 8 years old. At this age, their bones are not too soft and can handle the exercise and physical demands in ballet. Even if you first enroll your child at 10 or 12 years old, she can still have a bright future in ballet. 

There are however pre-ballet lessons for little girls aged 3 to 4 years old. These are simple and loosely organized classes introducing the children to ballet. Some of these classes teach little girls the five positions of ballet to develop good posture. 

Acting Lessons

If you notice your child has some acting talent support him. Acting lessons can help your shy kid get out of his shell while learning new skills. You can start sending your child to acting lessons when he is about 4 or 5 years old to determine if acting is for him.

The performing arts not only equip your child with new skills. It also develops his social and emotional skills. More importantly, exposing your child to the performing arts helps build his confidence thus giving him a heads up for possible successful adult life.