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How to choose child’s first musical instrument

Should Kids Learn Music

Obviously, no parent wants to drag his, or her, child kicking and screaming to a music lesson. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that learning a musical instrument is good for a child. Principally, this is because music aids general concentration, but there are numerous other advantages, such as increased hand-eye coordination, an understanding of the value of hard work and persistence, an artistic outlet for personal expression and a source of fun.

Selecting a Kid’s First Musical Instrument

There are many musical instruments to choose from, but certain considerations should be born in mind. For example, parents should consider the age, arm length, hand size and finger dexterity of their children before choosing an instrument. Some musical instruments are simply not practicable for a child. Although child versions of instruments, such as the harp and cello are available, the weight of an instrument and physical strength required to play it should be considered.

Learning Woodwind Instruments

Woodwind instruments, sometimes known as band instruments, are wonderful as a means of socializing, because they are often played as a part of a group. Generally, woodwind instruments, such as the flute and clarinet, are only suitable for children of approximately 10 year’s of age or above, because they require a considerable amount of finger dexterity. In addition, a child will need to be able to cover the finger holes fully and, in the case of the flute, have arms long enough to hold the instrument correctly.

Learning Brass Instruments

Again, brass instruments are predominantly played as a part of a band, so they are an excellent way for kids to mix with their peers. However, instruments that belong in the brass section require a large lung capacity. Therefore, it is almost impossible for a child of under 9 to play a brass instrument. A trumpet is possibly the most child-friendly of the brass instruments, as a trombone requires a long arm length and the tuba is incredibly heavy. However, even the trumpet can be difficult. To play it effectively a child will need to have his, or her, permanent front teeth and it is easiest to play with thin lips.