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Which is the easiest musical instrument for a child to learn?

Posted by Mariana Del Rosal on Mar 24, 2020 5:52:14 PM

Now that your children are spending every day at home, one of the things you can do for them to relieve the stress, improve their life quality and distract them is signing them up to online music lessons. However, if they have never played an instrument before, you may be wondering which might be the easiest musical instrument for a child to learn, so they can have fun and keep motivated! Here we list a bunch of suggestions so you can choose the one that better suits your child.

Piano / keyboard

Among all the musical instruments, the piano is possible the #1 choice. Of course, it is! It is one of the most versatile instruments which you can play! Among the many benefits the piano offer, we could mention that because of its wide pitch range that covers 88 sounds, you can play all different music genres, and piano allows you to sing while playing it. But the fact that it is a complex, versatile instrument doesn’t mean children can’t learn to play it. On the contrary, it is extremely easy to produce the first sounds with a piano! Even a little child can play some simple piano melodies with minimum instruction.

The piano is an all-time favorite instrument because children do not need to read music in order to learn the notes and play their first melodies. Make your children take piano lessons and watch how those little hands can produce familiar songs with very little effort! That doesn’t mean playing the piano well is easy, but the key here is motivation: once your child gets to feel good about actually playing something, they are likely to keep practicing the instrument in the future.

There are many piano teachers out there, and you’ll surely find someone with affordable rates. Last but not least, if you don’t have a piano at home, a keyboard works perfectly well for beginners!


In case you are looking for other choices, the melodica may come in handy. It is a cheap, portable instrument, which you are likely to find in any online music store. The melodica offers almost the same advantages as the piano given the fact that it is extremely simple to produce the first sounds, you only need to blow while playing the keys.

One thing we should note is its lower pitch range than the piano. On one hand, that means it is not as versatile. On the other hand, it is yet simpler! And even without receiving a formal instruction, children can play and create their own melodies in their melodicas.

Percussion sets

Even young babies can pick up a tambourine, a rattle, a triangle, a shaker, or a bell… percussion sets are easy to play with, and they provide tons of entertainment! Children develop their motor skills and a sense of rhythm at the same time. Instruments such as the xylophone or the metallophone will teach them the musical notes. This way, the same as the piano or the melodica, they will learn their first melodies.

One advantage of percussion sets is that you can actually build them with different objects you have around your house. If you are spending the quarantine weeks inside, and you haven’t got any instruments, your kid can still have a great time with some pots, empty boxes, a bucket or any other thing they can slam, hit, and make music with.

Once the children are 4 or 5 years old, they can begin learning with a junior drum set. Who knows? Maybe they will turn out to be the new John Bonham after all this practice!


If your child shows interest in woodwind instruments, the flute (or the recorder) is one of the easiest for them to learn. First, because you don’t need your full lung capacity to play it, as brasses do. Second, because small hands can pick those instruments up at ease, and those little fingers can actually cover the holes enough for them to elicit pleasant sounds. In any case, the flute requires some practice but little children may soon learn to play simple melodies if they are motivated enough.

Again, one advantage of small musical instruments is the portability. Another great alternative is the Irish tin whistle, which is even simpler than the flute because it has fewer holes.


While some children may die to play the guitar, there is a reason why the ukulele is gaining popularity among young musicians who opt for plucked string instruments. Because of its small size, it is easier for children to handle. Additionally, having fewer strings than the guitar, it is simpler to tune. Let’s keep in mind that with a few chords you can play several well-known songs and we get a good idea of why you should pick this instrument for your children! The ukulele is, after all, one of those instruments you can enjoy even in your beginner’s stage.


Finally, we should consider the instrument each healthy person carries around with them. That’s right, we mean our voice! We bet your child loves singing, like any other child (like any other person actually). And taking music lessons would be amazing for them because of many reasons. To name a few, it is great for their health (both for their breathing as for their standing posture), it will help them relax and sleep better at night, and it improves their vocabulary as well as their pronunciation –something every parent of a toddler knows is crucial!

Singing is not only the easiest musical instrument someone can learn, but it is also one of the most rewarding. And to make things even better, you don’t need to spend money on an instrument, you can only pay your music tutor and that’s it. You’re good to go!

Which of the easiest musical instruments we named does your child prefer? Do they have any other choices? Please tell us in the comments below!

Topics: Musical Instruments, Children, Music, Tips for Parents, Why Music?

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