What is the best age to start learning to play the piano? Piano playing tips from Melanie Spanswick

Today’s Vlog, which is number 5 in my Piano Education Project, discusses the best age for your child to start learning the piano. As we all know, it is never to late to learn to play and many adults find it to be an excellent hobby well into old age, but for chilfren there are slightly different considerations. I hope you find it helpful.


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

For more information, please visit the publications page, here.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. A.Layman says:

    I think it may help a young child if before the age of 7 or 8 he or she learns to enjoy and love simple pieces of classical music, such as Sorcerers Apprentice, Debussy’s Cakewalk, Hall of the Mountain Kings, Britten’s YPGTTO and even the kids BBC Proms and (from my childhood) Atarahs band kit!! Also access to a toy piano, like the sort of things on sale in the toy department of John Lewis would be a good introduction to the joys of making music. Banning Radio 1 and the Thingummybob Factor from the house would also help!!!!! Then when he or she starts piano lessons, it would be more of an enjoyment and less of a chore for them.

    However I have to disagree with you Mel on the ‘it’s never too late to learn piano’ popular criteria. Every single rule has an exception and I am it, as I have shared my experiences on there before. All I can do is continue to regretfully wish, after 3 attemps and failures, that I indeed had taken it up in my late teens or early twenties given the amount of misfortune I have had, however this misfortune will never take away the interest I have in the instrument and the wonderful sound it produces at the right pair of hands.

    1. Thank you again for your comments – really appreciate your support and interest in my vlogs/blogs.

  2. I couldn’t agree more with your recommendation of starting at that age, Mel! Also, at aged 4 or 5, children’s hands are still so small which makes a habit like stretching very easy to get into from the start.

    1. Absolutely Chrissa. There are exceptions of course but most children are ready by 7 or 8 I think.

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