Deciding what instrument is right for your child is a big step in his or her musical journey. However, with so many instruments to choose from, picking the right one can prove to be a challenge. Nothing good comes from forcing your child to play a specific instrument, so how do you choose what’s best? Take these factors into consideration to pick the right instrument for your child.
A big factor in what instrument your child should play is his or her age. Children younger than six have certain physical limitations when it comes to playing. The piano and violin are good choices for younger children since they offer the chance to build a foundation to play other instruments as children get older.
As they do get older, children can choose to learn other instruments as well. As they grow up, they develop the physical strength required to play brass, woodwinds, and larger instruments. Still, it is important to make sure your child is comfortable holding the instrument, as this will signal if it is really the right choice for him or her.
Another important factor in choosing the right instrument is the sound it makes and how it is produced. If your child doesn’t like the sound of the bassoon, they won’t be happy playing it. In the same regard, if he or she doesn’t like the fact that a trumpet requires blowing to produce its sound, he or she won’t want to play it either. Being forced to play an instrument they don’t like can cause your child to resent playing it or music altogether.
It’s important to keep an open mind when choosing the right instrument for your child. It’s also a good idea to get a second opinion in case your child is still unsure what instrument is right for him or her. The skilled teachers at Grace Music School can help your children choose the instrument that is best for them and teach them the proper technique and skill needed to play it. To schedule music lessons with us, please call 631-239-6169 (Fort Salonga) or 631-470-9705 (Melville)