[Music Education] At what age should you start playing the piano or violin? “Absolute pitch”


Popular musical instruments such as the piano and violin have long been popular as lessons for children, and are always ranked high in the ranking of lessons. But the question here is, when should we start? about it. The start time will differ depending on what you want to learn by actually learning the instrument. I wrote an article about when to start playing instruments for different purposes.


absolute pitch

There are two types of pitch that humans can acquire: absolute pitch and relative pitch. Relative pitch is something that even adults can acquire with training. However, it is said that perfect pitch can only be acquired while young. Most people with perfect pitch started taking music lessons by the age of five. In fact, ears begin to develop after the age of 3, and grow rapidly around the age of 4-5. It is said that absolute pitch is not acquired after the age of 6, and absolute pitch is not acquired in cases where music lessons are started around the age of 6 or 7.

What is perfect pitch

Absolute pitch is the ability to hear and recognize the pitch name. “Note name” refers to the absolute pitch of the sound. Many people who have perfect pitch have learned to recognize the pitch names of sounds they hear by going to music classes from an early age. People with perfect pitch can accurately reproduce sounds they hear. You can accurately write down the notes you hear.

What is relative pitch

Relative pitch is the ability to perceive the distance between sounds. You can recognize how far apart one sound is from another specified sound. Unlike absolute pitch, relative pitch is a skill that can be acquired even as one ages.

develop a sense of pitch

The earlier you start playing music, the better. A person’s ears stop growing very quickly and stop at the age of 7. It is said that by starting music education before that, you can acquire perfect pitch. It’s not that you can’t learn it after the age of 7, but it will be a little bit of a struggle. Therefore, it is said that seven years old is a good time to start playing music.

Dementia prevention

It has been shown that starting a musical instrument stimulates the brain from constant finger movement and can prevent dementia. Of course, if you’re looking for brain stimulation, it’s a good idea to start playing music early. However, it is possible to start playing an instrument even when you are old. You don’t need physical strength to start playing an instrument, and you don’t even need a qualification.

brain development

We know that the brain develops by practicing an instrument. Playing the piano with both the right and left hands at the same time has been found to activate both the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This is also true for other musical instruments, and it is known that playing an instrument that moves the fingers promotes brain development. There is an age at which the brain develops easily. If the degree of brain development at the age of 20 is 100%, it is already about 80% at the age of 4 and about 90% at the age of 6. In other words, it is important to stimulate the brain at this age.

professional musician

If you want your child to become a musician, it is preferable to start music at an early age. During childhood, things are absorbed very quickly, so you can acquire a lot of knowledge. Also, if you want to become a musician, it is better to start music as soon as possible because the competition is fierce.

Recognize music before birth

Fetuses are said to be able to distinguish sounds from around 20 weeks. It is said that listening to music during prenatal education is good. In other words, humans can recognize music even before they are born. In terms of enjoying the sound, it has never been faster. Music also has a calming effect on children, so music education is a very effective education.


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