Angie's List: Trial run before committing to music or dance lessons

LEWISTON, ID - Whether you've always wanted to learn to tickle the ivories or dance the tango - mastering a new skill can benefit the mind, body and soul.

In today's Angie's List report, how to get the most out of your music or dance lessons at any age.

"My mom noticed that I was dancing around the house, pretty much what we hear on a daily basis," said Dance Instructor, Stefanie Squint. 'My kids dancing around the grocery store and shopping or they are putting on shows in our basement.' So my family realized I had a passion for it at a young age."

"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 parent Kristi Manion.

"Whether it's yourself or your kids looking to take up a new hobby, the best bet is to make sure you actually like the hobby before you invest too much into it," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "Try some trial classes, rent your equipment instead of buying it so you can find out it's the right investment so you don't end up spending a ton of money."

"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," said Squint. "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."

"I recently took up piano lessons," said Hicks. "We've had a piano in my house for years and it's been really fun. It's always fun to learn something new. My husband plays and my kids play and it's created a little family competition with my kids and I."

In general, a good time to introduce a child to an instrument, such as a piano, is age 5 or 6. At age 7 or 8, children's hands are bigger and they have more respiratory power. This can be a good age to start a wind or brass instrument.