Tips To Purchasing The First Instrument For Children

(Written by Jenny Beswick) Many of us grew up playing some form of musical instrument, the favoured instrument was the recorder, but this has fallen by the way side to make room for the modern instruments such as electronic keyboards, electric guitars and surprisingly, the ukulele.

As parents we understand the importance of encouraging our children from a young age, getting them interested in different activities, but while you may want your child to play a musical instrument you cannot force them.

You want your child to learn an instrument and develop new skills and learning an instrument from a young age helps with concentration, hand eye co-ordination, persistence and creativity. Also a child that wants to learn will find the process fun.

When looking for the right instrument to choose as a very first instrument, you need to take your child’s age, hand size and arm length into consideration. Maybe you’ve dreamed of your child playing the harp, but this instrument for a young child is completely impractical.

  • Woodwind Instrument Choices

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Your child may thoroughly enjoy learning to play a woodwind instrument, this is used in many school bands and is a group activity, which can really help with confidence and sociability. As I said before the recorder isn’t a popular choice any more, but there is still the flute and clarinet, both of which are popular and easy for children as they can hold them with ease.

  • Brass Instrument Options

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Another of the instruments which is a group activity, again boosting confidence and encouraging your child to be social with other children are the trumpet and tuba. Because of these instruments sizes children from around ten years upwards are able to play these with ease.

  • The Piano or Electronic Keyboard

The piano is often one of the first musical instruments parents think of when their child shows an interest in music. They are also one of the easiest to learn and within a few days a child can learn a melody, which encourages them to continue learning.

The disadvantage is that a piano takes up a lot of space in your home and needs to be maintained, so you may choose the electronic keyboard.

The electronic keyboard is smaller in size, light to move around and a child can learn just as easily as they would if they were learning the piano.

  • Stringed Instruments

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Now you may never have guessed this but the ukulele has become a firm favourite for children because of its compact size. Children can start learning from a very young age. As they get a little older they can move onto the traditional guitar and even the electric guitar.

Whatever instrument you choose you need to ensure your child is interested in learning and you need to encourage them to practice. Always check your child’s arm length and hand size to ensure that the instrument you are thinking of buying can be played.

An adult size guitar for example would be completely wrong for a child, they would be left uncomfortable when trying to strum and this will lead to them losing interest very quickly.

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