Helping Your Child Choose the Right Instrument



It is natural for many parents to want their (small) children to learn to play a musical instrument, either to positively influence their school learning, or even to become a future Beethoven, who knows? But the problem is that not all ages are appropriate for all instruments and there is the danger of making this initiative a frustration.


The advisable age to learn to play the piano can range from 3 to 8 years. There are music schools with special programs in which you can learn to play this instrument alongside your child so that he feels more motivated. There are also teachers who are of the opinion that children should learn to read first before beginning music lessons. You should evaluate the motivation and maturity of your child in this age group. Of course, if your 3-year-old son shows no motivation to learn to play the piano, you should not dwell on the child. The best part of piano learning for your young yet very young child is the ability to quickly learn simple, familiar songs that are familiar to you. On the other hand, this learning stimulates hearing and teaches you to set sequences.


The guitar is a learning tool harder than it looks and for this very reason, children should only try after they are 7 or older. There are many children wanting to learn this instrument because of rock music and there are even smaller sized guitars to allow their hands, even smaller ones, a better adaptation.

However, it is convenient that students who learn guitar already have a good motor coordination, since the training becomes uncomfortable for the fingers until the student gets accustomed to this instrument. The child should therefore already be able to control the “rudest” movements, dominating the muscles of the hands with rapid and sometimes more complex movements, because they are uncommon.


Like the piano, the most convenient age for learning to play the violin is the age of three. There are learning programs for this type of instrument that resemble learning a foreign language. Very young children begin to learn how to play the violin of a size to suit them, however, always corresponding to the actual size versions of a violin. In general, all stringed instruments require students to be tuned in order to achieve progressive responses to the fluidity of sound. When children like violin and music achieve a better result with group lessons because this forces them to have the exact notion of their respective pitches.


Pots and pans can be a great start for babies and very young children (your neighbors may not like it there too much …) However, if you are thinking of buying a complete battery kit for your child because he or she loves music, postpone the idea for a few years. You should only invest in such an expensive instrument if the child really shows a sustained and sustained interest in it. The percussion instruments are fantastic for all children, since with them stimulates a huge creativity of production of musical rythms.

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