Which instrument should I choose for my child?
The first question for music learners is which instrument to learn or whether step into the field of singing. Music learning experts suggest that:
“Type of musical instrument does not matter at all; you should not expect that your child becomes skillful to play a musical instrument like a certain musician and follow old models. Instead, your child must be able to connect with the instrument and have innovations in playing or using musical instruments; this is success”.
Today, children often commence music by working with specific instruments such as violin, guitar, recorder or piano. However, the important point is to identify whether or not the child has made the required connection with her/his instrument during learning. For example, if the child impatiently waits for her/his class time and/or wants to be alone with his/her instrument, you have made a correct choice.
Identifying Child Interest
Applying the following suggestions may help find which type of instrument your child is interested in and/or which kind of music she enjoys more:
1. Provide him/her with the opportunity to listen and observe playing different types of musical instruments as much as possible without letting her/him to understand that you are pursuing a particular purpose.
2. Talk about music types, classical, traditional, pop, etc., when you listen to music from a player and/or go to a concert together.
3. Do not limit yourself to choosing the instrument, as there are other important factors, e.g. child art learners of guitar base are fewer than those of flute or recorder. Therefore, sending your child to guitar base class may result in fading his/her taste in music. However, if she/he was sent to a flute class, her interest in music would flourish more due to the higher number of participants of her/his age.
4. Learn about the prices and ensure your budget before promising your child to purchase him/her an instrument.
5. Your child will probably complain about how difficult it is to learn. Ignore that and focus on encouraging her/him to learn.
6. Experience shows that specific instruments, such as a recorder or piano, are more suitable for children to start. On the other hand, percussion instruments are more difficult. Therefore, do not try to overrule this law except for exceptional occasions. Your child may choose his/her main instrument after years of practice and be introduced to music.
7. In addition to all the foregoing, you should pay attention to the fact whether or not you have any place at home to keep an instrument. And whether the sound made by this instrument might disturb others’ lives. Of course, you might not accept, but the latter issue may prevent your child from practicing and progressing.