Learning a musical instrument can boost a child’s focus, patience, and even improve mental development. Not to mention it’s a whole lot of fun! But unless your kid came home from music class begging to learn the oboe, it’s hard to know where to start. But music–and your child’s instrument–matters. Follow these guidelines to pick the right instrument for your child.
What Are the Best Ages for Learning a Musical Instrument?
Age is a factor when choosing an instrument for your child. Younger kids can build musical skills more quickly than older kids, but their small hands have trouble learning larger instruments. For kids 8 and younger, stick to the classics: piano, violin, guitar, cello, and viola. These may be lifelong instruments for your kid, or they may teach your child the skills they need to move onto their next instrument. Older kids can move into brass and woodwind instruments, voice lessons, or any other instrument that strikes their fancy.
Learn What Your Child Loves
If your child hates the flute, they’re never going to learn. Find an instrument they’ll enjoy playing. Believe us, they’ll get in plenty of practice! Take your child to musical performances, paying close attention to which performers catch their attention. Listen when they talk about music class in school or friends who play certain instruments. Personality may also help your child find the right instrument. Outgoing kids, for example, often like playing center stage, so they may pick a lead instrument like the saxophone, trumpet, guitar, or voice. Quiet or diligent kids often do well with classical instruments like the violin, which take dedication to learn.
If your child hasn’t expressed an interest in one particular instrument, bring them into Music Matters. Our instructors will show them the ins and outs of popular musical instruments until they find the one they love.