On wich age a child shoud start playing the horn?

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08 Mar 2008 17:34 #68 by Ricardo Matosinhos
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On wich age a child shoud start playing the horn?

This one question that I would like to ask to this forum users.

-By one side, I found that children that start very early with simple with music singing, or even with the horn, have developed allready a lot of skins by the age of 10 years old.
-By the other side, starting the horn with "children tooth" could be a nightmare, as their embochure changes everytime them loose a teeth.

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08 Mar 2008 22:37 #69 by Martin Künkler
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An early beginning in music is always good for the children. They get a feeling for sound, different tones and learn to write notes. In Germany we call it "Musikalische Früherziehung"; that means "early musical education". Musicschools offer it for kids from age 5-9. They start with a simple "Glockenspiel" (it looks like a little Xylophon but with metalplates - I dont know the english word, sorry) and a c-soprano recorder. Parallel to that the kids can try violin, guitar, piano, etc.
Starting hornplaying in very early years is not good for children! Since more than 20 years I teach children on trumpet an horn (nowadays horn only) and my experience is, that the roots of the incisors must be "ready", befor starting with a brasswindinstrument! I myself started trumpetplaying in the age of 7 and it was to early! If children at age 9 or 10 asking for lessons on the horn, I send them to a dentist to check out the frontteeth!

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11 Mar 2008 19:55 #72 by amleverenz
I agree, a child should not begin horn, or any brass instrument until age 9 or 10. By that time, the front teeth have grown in and had at least a year to solidify in the mouth. A ten year old may still lose some of the back molars, but the front teeth are the ones most likely to be affected by mouthpiece pressure.

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07 Mar 2011 02:07 #437 by Kelsey-Anne Bean
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A lot of it depends on the culture of which the child grew up. In German speaking countries some students are starting at the age of 4 or 5. It was a thought that the lack of teeth at times would be an issue, but mouthpieces are so big that it sits more upon the gums and bone above the teeth. By the time the children have down into it and it hits the teeth, they have lost all their baby teeth and the adult teeth have already grown in. (Courtesy of conversation with Thomas Jöbstl)

Though the most common age in the US is about 10, 11, or 12. In Europe the most common age to start learning is 8, 9 or 10.

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