It’s never too early to expose your child to music. In fact, it can be said the earlier you let your child pick up an instrument, the better! With that being said, not all instruments are appropriate for kids and though your child should be involved when it comes to selecting an instrument, you should also know what to look for.
Firstly, it’s wise to only invest in a cheap instrument if your child is unlikely to continue lessons beyond a beginner or an intermediate level. For that reason, many parents opt to purchase a recorder as it is a great instrument for beginners and are considered very affordable when parents opt for the plastic ones. Make no mistake, however, as recorders are in fact professional instruments, and as your child gets better, you can purchase a wooden one as an upgrade.
There are a number of starter instruments out there, but keep in mind that you shouldn’t opt for something too big if your child has small hands or is very young. There’s no reason to hand an eight-year-old child a saxophone he won’t be able to hold properly.
Many parents have found it helpful to go to a music store and look at some of the more common instruments that kids can learn. The piano is arguably one of the best instruments to teach children as it can help them understand music theory and gives them the foundation to learn other instruments should they choose to. Of course, it’s understandable that most parents can’t afford a wooden piano, so a keyboard is a reasonable alternative.
Next to the recorder and the piano, the guitar, and the violin are top rated instruments by parents. Children that wish to pursue rock or blues music will greatly enjoy playing the guitar as they can learn to excel at playing an acoustic and electric guitar. The violin is a more classical choice that helps kids hone their musical skills should they wish to get into a music program later on.
It’s important to take into consideration that a decent instrument does cost money. The problem is that most instruments manufactured for students are of poor quality and make the learning process much harder than it needs to be. A reasonable approach for parents to take is to rent a professional instrument for their child, and should they wish to pursue music, then invest in an instrument of their own.