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How much progress should I expect from my child as they learn an instrument?

How much progress should I expect from my child as they learn an instrument?

Are you a parent who dreams of seeing your child excel in music? Or perhaps you're considering music education as a gift that will nourish their souls and bring endless joy? But, as your child starts learning to play an instrument, how much progress can you, or should you, expect? In this post, we are going to dive in an answer that question.

Welcome to My Music Workshop, where we believe that every child has the potential to become a musician. Not only does music education ignite a lifelong passion, but it also nurtures discipline, creativity, and cognitive skills that extend far beyond the practice room. In this article, let's dive into the anticipated progress your child can make as they embark on their musical journey, as well as how you can support them along the way!

How Much Progress Should I Expect From My Child When They First Start Learning an Instrument?

Learning an instrument is like climbing a mountain, each step contributing to their growth and transformation. There can be times where it feels like they are taking two steps forward and one step back. But, we must remember that this is still progress. It's important to keep going through the fun and easy times and through times that are more challenging.

As beginners, children will all progress at a different pace, and that's perfectly normal. Just as Rome wasn't built in a day, learning to plan an instrument takes time, commitment, and patience. However, there can be large leaps in progress at the beginning of learning to play an instrument, especially if your child practices regularly. New skills can get built quickly at the beginning and add up to a lot of new skill. This does depend on the age of your child. Younger kids will take more time to progress while older kids usually develop skills a bit faster.

All ages of children can learn some basics pretty quickly that will get them having fun and wanting to come back to their instrument. It's important to give children and beginners lots of "wins" at the beginning of learning to play an instrument.

At My Music Workshop we've taught kids music for over 15 years and we focus on giving kids lots of these "wins," especially early on.

What Are the First Steps to Learning an Instrument?

At first, your child will lay the foundation by learning the fundamentals. This includes familiarizing themselves with the instrument, understanding playing techniques, and developing some basic coordination. Then, they'll gradually move on to playing simple melodies, or rhythms and tackling more complex songs.

As they build their skills, they'll start learning dynamics, expressiveness, and various techniques, bringing their playing to life. Throughout this journey, it's important to celebrate small victories, such as playing a tune without mistakes or improvising a catchy rhythm. These milestones boost motivation and build a strong sense of accomplishment.

Again, consistent practice is largest factor when learning an instrument. It is soooo important to keep going and stay consistent through the easy times and the harder times.

What Factors Affect Progress When Learning to Play an Instrument?

While some progress will happen naturally, just from spending time practicing an instrument, it's essential to acknowledge the various factors that can impact your child's growth. Factors such as age, practice habits, and natural ability can influence the pace at which they develop their skills. Younger children may require more guidance and supervision during practice sessions, while older children may be able to work more independently. Consistent practice is key—an investment of just a few hours each week can yield remarkable results. But, remember that little chunks of practice done consistently produce better results than long practice sessions done inconsistently.

Additionally, every child is unique, and some may have a natural inclination towards certain aspects of music. Encourage exploration and embrace their musical preferences to keep their passion alive. Some kids will always want to play their instrument. Other kids will say they are bored and don't want to play or practice. This is perfectly normal but it's important to encourage them to keep going, no matter how challenging things get. I suggest offering little rewards for a few minutes of focused practice. Staying with them while they practice is also a great way to keep them motivated.

Inevitably, obstacles will arise, causing frustration and dampening motivation. Encourage your child to view these as opportunities for growth rather than setbacks. Encourage them to troubleshoot difficulties, ask questions, and seek guidance from their music teacher. Incorporating practice into their daily routine and making it enjoyable by incorporating games, creative challenges, and performance opportunities will keep their enthusiasm intact.

Keeping the Long-Term Goal in Mind, When Learning an Instrument

As your child navigates the ups and downs of learning an instrument, it's crucial to keep the long-term goal in mind. Remind them that mastering an instrument is a journey, not a destination. Inspire them with stories of musicians who dedicated themselves to years of practice before achieving greatness. The legendary pianist Lang Lang once said, "If you miss one day of practice, you know it. If you miss two days, the critics know it. If you miss three days, the audience knows it." Consistency and dedication are the fuel that propels them towards their dreams.

Ultimately, the benefits of music education extend far beyond the ability to play an instrument. It fosters discipline, creativity, and self-expression, while also enhancing cognitive abilities such as problem-solving and critical thinking. Through music, your child can develop resilience, teamwork, and a profound sense of accomplishment. So, when the going gets tough, remind them of the invaluable life skills they're acquiring on this exciting musical journey.


As we conclude this exploration of your child's musical progress, remember that every child's journey is unique. Celebrate their accomplishments, no matter how big or small, and praise their efforts. My Music Workshop is here to support you every step of the way as your child unleashes their musical potential. So, come and join our community of passionate learners, where online music lessons offer the convenience, effectiveness, and affordability you desire. Together, let's embark on a musical adventure that will nurture your child's growth, creativity, and love for music. Don't wait any longer—start or continue their musical journey today!

If you're looking for piano, drum, ukulele, singing or other music lessons for your child, give My Music Workshop a try totally free! We have over 700 lessons that get kids learning music the right way.

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