Have you ever considered getting your child involved in a fun activity, but you want it to have the potential to turn into something more permanent than just a fun game?
Then we believe that a musical instrument is a right way to go for you.
Most kids usually love music and take to it form a very young age and a lot of the time they even show a lot of musical potentials even as young as one-year-old. Fining an instrument from a young age may not mean that it will be the instrument that keeps their interest forever, but it may inspire your kids to explore the world of music, and that is always a great outcome.
Today we are going to talk a bit more in-depth about how to find the right musical instrument types for kids to start with as well as talk about a few instruments that you should consider, so make sure to keep reading until the end.
Tips on how to choose the right instrument
First of all, if you are serious about wanting your kids to start playing on an instrument and you see potential in them that this may turn into a more permanent interest, then you have to know that there are several factors that you need to consider.
First of all, a lot of people don’t know that you really need to take your child’s body type into consideration before leading them on a certain path. This has nothing to do with there being “a wrong body type” for playing on an instrument and it is actually all to do with what will suit your child the most.
For example, if your child is smaller in size that means that they will most likely not take very well to a larger instrument, and vice versa. Of course, this doesn’t mean that they can never play that instrument, it just means that you may have to wait a few years before you can introduce it.
Another thing that you have to keep into consideration, and be very honest and practical about, is how much practice your child can have and how regularly. In order for there to be visible improvement your child needs to practice at least 20 to 30 minutes on a daily bases. This is also important because the most practical thing that you can in order for this to work is to actually get an instrument that can fit into your home so that your child can practice on their own, instead of having to go to a tutor constantly.
Of course, one of the most important things that you need to consider is the child’s age, simply because younger children have more limited options, so you may want to start them on an instrument that they can physically handle, like the violin or the piano.
Now that we have given you some basic guidelines, we are going to give you a couple of options, the first one that we are going to talk about is the ukulele.
The guitar is very popular and has been for decades now, however it is also a much larger instrument and that means that it is better suited for older kids. The ukulele, on the other hand, is pretty small in size and even children younger than 6 should be able to handle it. Another great benefit is that it is very easy to play and your children can easily learn a few cords and even play full songs in a short time.
A bonus benefit that the ukulele offers is actually one that will concern you, and that is that this is actually a fairly quiet instrument, so you won’t have to endure a lot of noise while they are practicing.
As we already mentioned, the size of the child and the instrument both matter when choosing an instrument for your child to start playing, and a violin is a great option for children over and under 6 years of age.
Of course, unlike the ukulele that we already mentioned, for example, the violin has a much steeper learning curve, and this is actually true when you compare it with most other instruments out there. Playing the violin will require manual dexterity as well as a good ear when it comes to intonation, and since these both have to be required simultaneously you want to make sure that they start as young as possible.
This is a very beautiful and very complex instrument, and if your child gets through the initial stages of learning, then they will probably be able to handle it easily.
This is a woodwind instrument which will be suited for children that are over the age of 6 and the best part is that it can even be played with braces, which is a huge thing to keep in mind if your child has or you know will need braces in the future, and this is a great reason why you should consider this instrument as a starter for your child.
This is also one of the most popular instruments amongst music students because it can find its place in a variety of different music genres. This is also an instrument that you can easily keep in your home because it isn’t big or bulky, which means your child will be able to practice regularly from the comfort of your home.
There are also a few different sizes to choose from, which means you can tailor it even more to your child.
Choosing the right instrument type for your child can be very tricky, but having a few tips like the ones we gave you in this article is a great place to start. We hope that you enjoyed reading this article and that you will consider one of the types of instruments that we mentioned above, while also implementing the tips that we gave you.