Every parent desires that their child learns how to play one musical instrument or the other. However, while a parent values music he or she has to put the child in mind when picking an instrument for him or her to learn. Here are some considerations to take:
Not all instruments can be played by all children. Your kid’s age matters when picking an instrument.
- 4 – 8 years
The following musical instruments would be ideal:
Let us see why these instruments best suit this age bracket:
- String instruments– these are in several sizes. Their size does not affect the notes or finger positions in any way. It only makes the instrument easy to handle depending on one’s arm length. Therefore, if you choose a string instrument, take your baby to a rental place to get the right arm size and the appropriate instrument. There are plenty of violin brands and designs to choose from but the best violin is one that will be a comfortable fit to your young ones.
- The piano– It is the first and last instrument. The piano keyboard is in a manner similar to a musical staff. Therefore comprehending music, and learning notes become natural and intuitive. Besides that, the child learns how to read the low sound (bass clef) and the high sounds (treble clef). Learning a piano as your child’s first instrument also makes the transition to other instruments easy because he or she is now sure of the language.
- Woodwind and brass instruments – Children of this age cannot use them yet. That is because they require someone with a better embouchure in their tongue/jaw/mouth/lips and a large body to blow through the instrument tubing. Besides that, they are While a child may be able to lift these musical instruments except a tuba, he or she can not lift it through a rehearsal (lifting and blowing).
However, some children may start with a piccolo before progressing to a flute. That is because a piccolo is half the size of the pipe.
- Nine years and beyond
These can play almost anything. They can also join a band at school.
- The trumpet-flute-violin-saxophone conspiracy
Most children love these instruments because, from a tender age, they have got exposed to them. Some others love them because they know someone that plays one of them. However, when picking an instrument for your young one, you need to ensure that he or she loves and enjoys the sound that comes from it. It should not be because of peer pressure.
- The percussions
Drums and percussion instruments are not the best places to start your child. That is because it is not easy at all to learn how to read and train your ear harmonically and melodically on drums only. My advice is that since a piano is a percussion instrument as well, let your kid learn piano and drums concurrently.
I hope that this guides you very well as you pick an instrument for you little one. However, if you are uncertain about what to get, buy a piano. Your money shall get wisely invested because the skills learned from piano practice are transferable.
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