What's a good age to start playing piano?
Piano lessons for kids and when to start them is usually the first question that I get asked by parents.
Age and maturity go hand in hand. There are exceptions, but it has been my experience that age 5 tends to be the best age to start piano lessons. At this age most kids have already experienced some degree of preschool environment, which enables them to focus for longer periods of time.
They're more likely to know their alphabet, which helps with note reading. Their ability to communicate with a teacher is also much better than it is at 3 or 4. There are exceptions, as I mentioned earlier, but they are few and far between.
The one factor that is number one on my list regarding piano lessons for kids, is parental support and involvement. Parents that get involved in a meaningful way in their kid's music education will see a higher degree of success.
One of my best students has her mom sit in on her lesson each week, as well as her daily practice sessions. This is rare, but parental involvement like this given to a 3-year-old is better than a 5-year-old with little support.
My advice to parents would be to get involved as much as your work schedule and other family commitments allow. Needless to say, it will be well worth your time investment.
I was fortunate to have a mom and dad who took great interest in my music education. So much so that my mom even took piano lessons with the same teacher. My lesson usually followed hers. It was a great experience and one that I'll always remember.