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Angie’s List: Mastering a New Skill – 4/15

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (wggb) – Whether you’ve always wanted to learn to tickle the ivories or dance the tango – mastering a new skill can benefit the mind, body and soul. In today’s Angie’s List report, we learn how to get the most our of your music or dance lessons at any age.

Kristi Manion’s son, Noah, has been taking piano lessons once a week for about six months.

She says, “he’s not really into sports and we wanted an activity for him to do so he decided on the piano.”

No matter your age, instructors say lessons are a great way to challenge yourself, have fun and meet new people.

Stefanie Squint is a dance instructor. “We have a lot of adult students that come in and they are nervous.  They’ve never stepped inside a dance studio.  I just always say come in and try it”

The cost for lessons can add up quickly so research your options before investing too much.

“The reason we bought the keyboard over the piano is to make sure he was actually going to be interested in piano lessons before we made that big investment,” Manion said.

Angie Hicks from Angie’s List says, “try some trial classes, rent your equipment instead of buying it so you can find out it’s the right investment so you don’t end up spending a ton of money.”

And when picking an instructor, ask to look over their credentials and be clear about what you want to accomplish.

In general, a good time to introduce a child to an instrument, such as a piano, is age 5 or 6. At age 7 or 8, children’s hands are bigger and they have more respiratory power. This can be a good age to start a wind or brall instrument.


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