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Get the most out of music, dance lessons

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Kristi Manion's son, Noah, has been taking piano lessons once a week for about six months.

"He's not really into sports and we wanted an activity for him to do, so he decided on piano," said Manion.

No matter your age, instructors say lessons are a great way to challenge yourself, have fun, and meet new people.

"We have a lot of adult students that come in and they are nervous at first because they've never taken a dance class before. They've never stepped inside a dance studio, but it's something they wish they would have done when they were younger. I just always say, 'come in and try it, just one time,'" said Stefanie Squint, a dance instructor.

The cost for lessons can add up quickly so research your options before investing too much.

"The reason we bought the keyboard over the piano is to make sure he was actually going to be interested in piano lessons before we made that big investment," said Manion.

Angie Hicks, creator of the website Angie's List, agrees with Manion's money-saving idea and offered more of her own, "Try some trial classes. Rent your equipment instead of buying so you don't end up spending a ton of money."

When picking an instructor, ask to look over their credentials and be clear about what you what to accomplish.

In general, a good time to introduce a child to an instrument such as piano is age five or six. At age seven or eight, children's hands are bigger and they have more respiratory power, so this can be a good age to start a wind or brass instrument.

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