1. Take your child’s age into consideration. For children older than six, you can pick from a wide variety of musical instruments. Younger children, however, are limited in what kinds of instruments they can physically handle. If you are picking an instrument for a child younger than six, a violin or a piano makes the most sense. Young children can more easily handle such instruments.
– The piano can be a great choice for a young child because it provides foundation skills. A child can better understand music by playing the piano, as there is a visual representation of music that can help foster an understanding of musical theory.
– Violins are good options as well, especially because they can be made in small sizes for very young children. A violin also helps a young child learn how to tune an instrument, which is important for developing musical skill.
2. Be practical about whether or not your child can practice regularly. A child should be practicing their instrument for 20 to 30 minutes a day in order to improve.Therefore, you need to pick an instrument your child is able to practice in your home or at school regularly.
3. Think about whether your child is outgoing. Children that love to be the center of attention are drawn to instruments that steal the show. If you have an outgoing child, choose an instrument to match that personality.
– Flutes work great for outgoing children, as flutists are generally near the front of the band.
– Louder instruments, like the saxophone and trumpet, also work well for outgoing children.
4. Consider how your child thinks. Analytical thinkers may take better to certain instruments. The oboe and the piano are often a good choice for a highly analytical child, for instance. These instruments require a bit more analytical thinking and inquisitiveness. For children who are less analytical and more socially oriented, go for instruments like the saxophone, trombone, and the flute.
5. Have your child test out an instrument, if possible. It can be difficult to settle on one instrument for your child, especially if your child is eager and excited about music. See if your band allows kids to rent a certain instrument for a set number of days to try it out. You can let your child experiment with several different instruments before settling on one to play.
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