Helping Your Child Discover Her Music Instrument
Each day, more and more families are signing up their children for online music lessons. The “new normality” has forced many of us to stay indoors as much as possible. But although it can be seen as a problem, it has also shown its advantages: more families than ever are noticing the advantages of homeschooling, or at least, complementing their children’s education with online lessons.
The truth is your kid can learn music at home, online music lessons have plenty of benefits because your child can stay safe while learning and having fun, you can select a music tutor from any part of the country (or the world!), and you can adjust the timetables to your child’s current schedule.
So now that you’ve made up your mind and you want your child to take music lessons, it is time to help her decide which the best musical instrument is. There is no single answer, as it depends on many factors, such as the child’s preferences, age, and personality. Here we can suggest a few tips to take into account before spending money on an instrument.
Which musical instrument is more popular?
Perhaps you don’t want to innovate. You want something classic that is proven to work for many children. Or maybe your child wants to play the same musical instrument their friends are learning. That’s ok too! After all, music is a great way to socialize.
If you are specifically looking for popular musical instruments for children, of course, many families choose between the piano and the guitar, which are undoubtedly the two most popular instruments for all ages. There are differences among them, and you may need to think carefully about the pros and the cons of each, depending on your child’s age and preferences. If you and your child have already decided that guitar is the way to go, here you can find some tips and suggestions for buying their first guitar. And if you think a keyboard is the best choice, here are some suggestions for great keyboards for children, as well as easy piano tunes they can learn even before their first music lesson.
Which musical instrument is easier?
If your child is still young, if they feel insecure because they have never taken music lessons before, or if you feel fine motors are not their strength, you may want to consider the easiest musical instruments for them to begin with. This way, they’ll feel they are making progress and avoid getting frustrated beforehand.
- The piano is a really complex instrument that allows the most versatile musical genres and offers the highest pitch range. On the other hand, even little children can elicit the first sounds without difficulty. So it may not be “easy” if you want to play it like a pro, but it’s anyway quite a good choice for beginners and young children!
- If your child loves string instruments, the ukulele is an easier alternative to the guitar. With fewer strings, a smaller size, and easier to pluck, this Hawaiian instrument has gain popularity in the past years. Besides, it’s inexpensive, and it can allow a smooth transition to the guitar when the child grows up.
- The melodica, the flute, and (my personal favorite) the tin whistle are all great choices for children who are fond of woodwind or brass instruments. Playing the saxophone, the clarinet, the trumpet, or the tuba requires lung maturity and some skills a young child may lack. But they may start with something smaller and simpler!
Which musical instrument offers more advantages?
This is a trick question! Learning music offers all kinds of cognitive abilities for children. Those who study music at a young age get better in their learning skills. And each instrument offers some particular advantages.
- The piano, for instance, helps children acquire a better understanding of musical theory, because of the visual display of the keyboard.
- Singing helps children improve their breathing, their pronunciation, vocabulary, and body posture.
- If your child is hyperactive and needs to blow off some steam, nothing like taking drum lessons! It will also increase their coordination, and gain confidence.
- If you want your child to develop sensitivity, and learn to enjoy classical music, taking violin lessons may be just what they need. It takes a lot of hard work, and constant practice, but children who start young have better chances of becoming amazing violinists soon.
- Any instrument the child enjoys helps them increase their attention span, their memory, their tolerance to frustration, and their self-esteem.
What if I don’t want to spend too much money?
Some parents are concerned about investing in a musical instrument and their child getting bored, or changing their mind afterward. The truth is, you should allow your child to try! If you are concerned about the money, there are several things you can do:
- Begin by signing them up to singing lessons! No instrument is needed other than their voice: the only investment is the money you pay on instruction. The same goes for studying music composition or music theory: although they may not seem the most appropriate for a young child, some instructors can go a long way with online games that allow the child to understand –and enjoy- music creation!
- Select any instrument you already have at home: perhaps there is an old guitar? It may be too big for your child’s hands, but you can let them take their first few lessons before buying them a new one, to see if they are excited about it.
- Don’t buy it! Borrow, or rent a musical instrument for the first music lessons. This way, you get the child a chance to try something new without spending too much money.
After all these tips, just sit together with your child and make a choice together. Later, finding a musical instructor online and signing up for your trial lesson with Nabi Music is as easy as pie!