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How to Pick the Right Musical Instrument for your Child

Although some children express a desire to learn to play a musical instrument, more often than not this decision is driven by the parents. It is important, therefore, to ensure that you choose the right musical instrument else you are at risk of spending the next few years berating your child for not practicing enough.

If you want to pick the most appropriate instrument then there are a number of things that you should consider. Firstly, it is a good idea to remember that just because you wish that you had learned to play the piano or cello it does not mean that your child automatically must have a burning desire to do so too.

Secondly, the age of your child should be a consideration. By the age of seven your child is probably ready developmentally to have a go at most instruments. Children younger than this can learn to play if they have good coordination and can concentrate well, however, lessons will need to be short and you may find that they prefer to play in a group environment.

You should think about your child’s personality when you decide on an instrument. If they like performing and are comfortable being the centre of attention then you may want to opt for an instrument that gets lots of solo opportunities such as the trumpet or saxophone. If they like to be part of a group then maybe think about a violin or if they are independent minded then perhaps a guitar.

The size of your house and your budget will also factor in the decision making process. If space is at a premium then a piano or drum kit may not be the best choice. If you are on a budget then you could always look at renting an instrument initially to keep costs down.

Additionally, it is important to remember that you will have to listen to the instrument being played by a beginner, so make sure that it is one that you can live with. You should, therefore, think about the impact that the noise will have on the rest of the family whilst your child enjoys their practice.

Finally, remember to involve your child in the decision. After all, they will be the one who will be doing the practice. Why not listen to some CD’s of different instruments together to narrow down the choice. Or, if any of your friends have children who already play, ask them if your child could try out their instruments.

Once you have made your choice then the next step is to source the instrument in question. If the guitar is the one that you decide upon then a site such as Dawsons music can help you to make your next choice. Should you opt for electric or classical? A Gibson or a Fender?

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