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Tips for Helping Your Child Choose the Right Instrument for School

When it comes to music in school, many parents are unsure of what the best option is for their child. One of the most common questions we get is “What instrument should my child play?” The answer to this question can be difficult to determine, but with the right tips, you can make the process a little easier for your child. There are some important factors to consider when helping your child choose an instrument for school. We hope that after reading this, you will have a better understanding of which instrument is right for your child!

The first thing to consider is what type of music your child is interested in. If they are interested in classical music, then the instruments that would be best for them to learn are the violin, cello, or piano. If they are interested in jazz or rock music, then instruments such as the trumpet, trombone, or drums would be a better fit. It’s important to find an instrument that your child will enjoy playing, as this will make them more likely to stick with it for the long haul.

Girl playing violin.

Another factor to consider is your child’s physical ability. Some instruments require a lot of manual dexterity, while others are easier to learn. For example, the violin is a very challenging instrument to learn, but it is possible for small children to learn how to play it. The piano, on the other hand, is a much easier instrument to learn, but it still requires a good amount of coordination and practice. Consider your child’s physical ability when choosing an instrument, as this will help you narrow down the options.

You can also take into consideration your child’s personality. Some children are natural born performers and love being in the spotlight, while others are more shy and introverted. If your child is the type of person who loves being onstage, then instruments such as the trumpet or drums would be a great option for them. If they prefer to stay in the background, then instruments such as the piano or violin would be better suited for their personality.

Kids playing instruments.

Another topic you can talk about with your child when it comes time to choose an instrument are the opportunities that can come with playing a specific type of instrument. For example, playing a cello or flute may lead you to joining an orchestra or playing in the pit for a musical. Whereas drums and guitar are great parts of a band. Show them some videos and enjoy some musical experiences before they make a decision, and let them know they can always pick up a different instrument in the future.

There are many factors to consider when choosing an instrument for your child, but we hope that these tips will help you in the process. Ultimately, the decision is up to your child, and they should be the one to choose which instrument they want to play. With your help and guidance, they will be sure to choose the right instrument for their personality and ability level! We offer many types of lessons and rentals at Performing Arts and would love to help you in your decision making, so give us a call! 716-239-3907