Savannah Price, 11, right, takes instruction from Lisa Enns during piano practice at Hume Music, 711 W. 23rd St. Unlike many sports, playing an instrument is an activity that a child can pursue her entire life, even if she does not become the next Van Cliburn.
Nate Huffman, 5, places a sticker on his sheet music during a piano lesson on Thursday.
Five-year-old Nate Huffman, right, reacts to trying to remember a note during piano practice Thursday with Lisa Enns at Hume Music, 711 W. 23rd St. It's not unusual for children to start violin or piano at ages 3 or 4, although most begin later, usually at 6 or 7. Before starting lessons, a child should be able to follow instructions, count and recite the alphabet, says Leanne Kirkham, the director of the music preparatory program at Texas Christian University.
Nate Huffman, 5, practices a song Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007 during a lesson with Lisa Enns at Hume Music.