Considering beginning music lessons? Are you wondering which instrument to allow your child to start? As you look at the beginning of your music journey as a family, here are a few factors to keep in mind in making your instrumental selection:
Depending on the age and size of your child, certain instruments will not be feasible or at best, as easily learned. For example, if your child is an average six year old, beginning with the flute would not be the best choice. As opposed to string instruments which come in varying sizes, flutes are available in only one size and as such may be too large and awkward for your child to handle. Fighting with such basic aspects of an instrument will quickly prove discouraging to your child and may cause him to lose interest. Choosing a size-appropriate instrument for you child to learn will do wonders in maintaining interest and motivation.
Simple, but important to keep in mind, your child will not be motivated to practice an instrument if he doesn’t truly enjoy the sound that instrument makes. While the bassoon may seem like a really cool instrument to learn, if your child isn’t completely in love with the sound, there’s no point in starting bassoon lessons. Take some time with your child to listen to the sounds of a wide variety of instruments with your child. For younger children, the Greenville library Lollipops Concerts would be a great way to introduce your child to a number of different instrumental sounds.
You will want to seriously consider beginning with either piano or violin, even if you child ultimately wants to be able to play something else. Violins come in a number of different sizes so there’s no worry about finding an instrument to properly fit your child. Learning how to bow helps develop music phrasing skills and having to listen carefully for in-tune notes helps develop a critical ear–both essential music skills for any instrument. Unlike piano, students do struggle initially with producing a quality sound. This period of time can be very discouraging and rather grating on the ears of both you and your child, so you will want to begin violin with he understanding that the first stage requires some extra perseverance and a great deal of patience.
Though piano doesn’t come in different sizes per say, beginner pieces are written to compensate for smaller hands. With piano, your child will be able to enjoy producing a pleasing sound right away by simply depressing a key. Not having to worry about sound production right away leaves more time to focus on learning music basics, leading to a greater rate of progress and consequently a higher level of motivation.
Learning an instrument can bring long lasting rewards for everyone involved, so taking a little extra time to start that musical journey off with the right instrument will be more than worth the effort!