Help your child choose a Musical Instrument

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I hope everyone is enjoying their relaxing Sunday…

Today I have decided to write about how to help your child choose a musical instrument. This is a question every parent has. What instrument should they play? What instrument do they want to play?

Learning to play a musical instrument brings children joy and enhances their intellectual, emotional and social development. What instrument should your child learn? Base the choice of an instrument on preference, availability, the child’s age and access to teachers.

Babies obviously can’t play an instrument, and you should never pressure a child into music lessons. That said, it’s never too early for a child to start musical explorations. Infants and toddlers naturally experiment with rhythm and melody. They sing, dance and drum. Tiny tots need little more than an opportunity to make music using just their voices and bodies. When the time is right, enroll your child in music lessons. There are many music classes from toddler to adults. Toddlers usually learn in groups with their parents in attendance.

Help Your Child Choose a Musical Instrument

Some children show an interest in a particular instrument. Others may experiment, dabbling first with one thing and then another. Ultimately, you may want to buy an instrument for your child, but to start out, it’s often a good idea to rent or borrow from a friend where possible. When guiding your child, consider their age, size and lifestyle. For example, small children can play the piano, but a double bass would be too big to handle. If you live in an apartment building, neighbors will not be amused with a daily drum practice session.

Every instrument requires consistent practice, but some instruments may be more difficult to master than others. If your child is joining a school band or orchestra, speak with the director/teacher for guidance.

Here’s a rundown of some of the instruments often available to children at school and elsewhere:

  • Piano – Learning piano is ideal for developing musical understanding, and can be helpful when learning another instrument. Of course, the piano is a beautiful instrument to learn for it’s own sake.
  • Guitar – Acoustic and electric guitar are popular instruments. Like the piano, the guitar is versatile. Guitarists play solos, accompany singers and play in groups.
  • Clarinet – Many beginners start by playing clarinets in a school band. Some people move from clarinet to another wind instrument such as oboe or bassoon.
  • Flute – The flute is popular with beginners. Often the most difficult part of learning flute is making the first tone. Flutists sometimes switch to playing piccolo.
  • Alto saxophone – The alto saxophone is a good size for kids and adults. Other sizes are available, including the smaller soprano and larger tenor and baritone.
  • Trumpet – This brass instrument is suited for beginning band students.
  • Trombone – Trombones use a slide rather than valves. Players need to have or develop a good sense of pitch.
  • French horn – Because it’s considered a difficult instrument, most students graduate from another instrument before taking up the French horn.
  • Percussion –  Percussionists play many different instruments: all kinds of drums, cymbals, triangles and more. Even the piano may be played in a percussive way.
  • Violin – Violins aren’t easy to play, but they’re popular. Violins come in small sizes right for kids. More than other instruments in an orchestra, violinist have the opportunity to play solos.
  • Viola – An instrument in the string family, the viola is a little bigger than a violin and is tuned lower. The viola has a beautiful, rich tone, but fewer opportunities for solos.
  • Cello – The cello is bigger than viola and smaller than a double bass. The cello has full rich sound, and comes in smaller sizes that a child can handle.
  • Double bass – This is the biggest instrument in the string family. Kids need to have reached a certain stature before they can handle a double bass. Bass players play in orchestras and jazz bands.

There you have it, a few tips on how to help your child choose a Musical Instrument.

Please get in touch on www.musicavenue.ie to enquire about a music school in your area and we will be happy to help.

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