Not necessarily. I have taught 3.5 year-old students who couldn’t wait to sit down and play for 30 minutes and I’ve also have taught 7 year-old students who became frustrated after 15 minutes. Whether a child is ready for private lessons depends on each child.
You can assess readiness by the child’s general approach to other activities: Is he able to sit and focus on a task for 15 to 30 minutes if guided by adult supervision? Does she tend to spend 5 minutes on each activity and then wants to get up and run around? Does he express interest in learning the piano, by approaching the piano at home or asking about it? Does she show excitement when you mention the prospect of piano lessons? The answers provide you some clues to the child’s readiness for private instruction.
Another important question to ask is whether or not your family is ready to start lessons. The Suzuki Method requires time commitment and participation of a parent/guardian. Parent/guardian involvement significantly impacts the child’s motivations in lessons/practice participation. Families with limited time and multiple commitments should carefully consider how to balance adding Suzuki lessons and classes prior to signing up. If you’d like to learn more about those details, get in touch and let’s chat!