Age to Start
Determining the right age to start a child on a woodwind instrument is dependent primarily on their physical capability to do so. We always recommend that a student consider piano lessons prior to initiating a brass or woodwind instrument to acquire the basic foundation of rhythms, note reading and symbol identification. Students can begin playing the recorder (a precursor to many woodwind instruments) when their fingers are large enough to cover the holes. Some wind instruments require pressure to be put on a musician’s front teeth, which means that students should have their second set of front teeth before beginning music instruction. Before beginning a wind instrument, the student should also have the physical stature to hold the instrument and exhibit enough lung capacity to produce sound. Having a student begin instruction on a woodwind instrument around the age of 10 is usually recommended.