History and Information
The accordion is a keyboard instrument that is usually handheld, and produces sound using a bellows and free reeds. The instrument as we know today was invented in the 19th-century in either Russia or Germany. The accordion is used in many styles of music, including as folk, classical, popular, and even some forms of rock and metal.
When to Start
Students can start accordion lessons as young as age 6, depending on hand size and strength. Most instructors will incorporate reading music into their lessons, so students should have some basic reading and counting skills. It’s a great instrument for anyone just starting on their musical journey, from very small children (it makes them feel big!) to adults with little to no musical experience.
Getting an Accordion
There are many brands and models of accordion available for rent or purchase. For young students, you may want to consider renting instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). Most stores provide repair services for instruments that they rent out. We can give you recommendations for places near you to buy or rent your accordion. Please contact us, and be sure to include your location!
Books and Supplies
Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate. Most materials are available online. We can give you recommendations for places near you to purchase supplies and music for your accordion, if you prefer to do so in person. Please contact us, and again, remember to tell us where you live!
**Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.**