What age is best to start piano lessons?

To determine the best age for beginning piano lessons, I looked at the average age of the students who take piano lessons at the public school level, as reported by the government. In 2003, there were 16,769,739 students enrolled in the public school system—15,828,000 are in public schools. (For a more detailed description of public school enrollment, see Appendix A.) Of these, 8,074,000 are students of color; of those students, 1,086,000 are black and another 28,000 are white. Of these students who are black and who take piano lessons, the average age of onset of piano lessons is 19 years old. Similarly, of the 8,074,000 white students, only 1,723,000 are under the age of 18 years old. Therefore, the median age of onset of piano lessons for the white students who take piano lessons is 19 years old with no more than 4 percent of those aged 19 or younger having started piano lessons.

Although that data is taken from 2003, the average age of onset also is a useful metric for older people. In 2008, the median age of children starting piano lessons was 15 years old, which is comparable to that of the students who took piano lessons in 2003. However, compared to the students who took piano lessons in 2003, we found that the median age of onset of piano lessons for those 15 years olds increased slightly, from 16 to 17 years. That increases the overall median age to 18 years old (and, since 17 is the median age during the pre-school years for the students who took the piano lessons in 2003, that increase is reflected in the median age of onset of piano lessons for white students). For those students who take piano lessons after 15 years of age, the median age of onset of piano lessons was 19 years old (and, since 18 is the median age during the pre-school years for the students who took the piano lessons in 2003, that increase is reflected in the median age of onset of piano lessons for white students). Finally, since only the students who took piano lessons in 2003 are represented in the survey data, the median age of onset for those students is higher than the average age of the students who took piano lessons in 2003 and has been since 2003.
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To determine the best age to begin piano lessons, I examined the average ages of students who took piano lessons and students who took piano lessons in 2003-2008. The median age of the students