My regular lessons are focused on two large areas of music.
One must have enough musical experience. If I need to say an example, I would say as many ingredients a chef has, as much creative he could be! I do believe that we need to listen to more and more music and play over more and more pieces from the great masters in order to establish our own music in our head.
Same thing with theory. The theory is the grammar of music. My teaching method is very similar to the way that parents teach their babies to speak: nobody ever tried (I hope…) to teach a baby speaking with a grammar book. Instead of this way, we talk, sing a lot to a baby, we show the things to the baby, we are calling things` names so little by little the baby`s brain will put the sistem together. And the babies have time, later on, to learn the grammar, as well, no rush.
My musical approach is the same, my experience shows that kids learn the notes, scales, intervals and the keys a lot faster if I don`t just write them down, but I keep on talking about these things, I call these terminologies by their names since the beginning. As earlier a child starts to learn the instrument as much time they have to establish a firm and stable knowledge.
So we are going to build their own music, their own library, and the grammar of music.
2, TECHNICAL ABILITY (TA).
I strictly reject using any unnecessary technical shown offs. TA must serve the musical purpose all the time. However, TA is still extremely important for us. If I need to describe it with an example, I would say: TA is our bank statement. We all know that money does not matter, and we all know that money does not make us happy, and for many of us earning more and more money is not the meaning of life, BUT also money comes handy if we want to do something, even the smallest thing. TA comes handy to perform because even the easiest melody sounds differently with the correct or a great intonation! Once we have created the grammar/experience/library in our mind these must come out through our hands and here comes the technical ability!
It is not a strict requirement to start the learning process at a young age but the sooner someone starts the further the person can get. I believe a child can start having lessons as young as the age of 3 but the most recommended age is 5. However, the key factor is not someone`s age but curiosity. I have already had a 3-year-old student who was able to follow everything and was willing to do the homework, and also an 8-year-old who could not maintain focusing even for 10 min. Both of them learned to play the piano.
Be advised that the `REGULAR LESSONS` is the so-called long game. The lessons might not gain immediate results.