What is an appropriate age for a child to begin learning a musical instrument? I've looked into lessons in my area and teachers accept children as young as 2 or 3 for violin and piano lessons. My 3 year old has asked to learn piano and while this is something we would like to allow, we are wary of her beginning too young and/or being pushed or getting burned out. On the other hand, most people I know of who are both proficient and truly love playing their instrument as adults, started at a very young age. Can you advise?