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You've decided that, after all, your wonderful kid needs to get music education?
Excellent! It remains to add only a little joy – to decide on which of the musical
instruments for kids he wants to learn. Well, it could be your child’s dream to become
another David Oistrakh, or maybe he is bewitched by the trombone, or he may happily
want to beat his little hands on the piano keys at home. If you cannot arrive at
a decision, I'll give you some advice.
First of all, you need to know about the physical and emotional stress that musical
instruments for kids may have on your little one. If he wants to become a great pianist,
he'll have to work at least an hour every day! And it means that during this time
your child will be sitting on a chair. Moreover, with age, the duration of daily
music practice will increase.
If you choose a wind instrument among musical instruments for kids, the practice
required will be something less than an hour a day. Since the musician has to constantly
breathe actively, he may feel dizzy during the practice.
If your child has asthma or breathing problems, then there is nothing better than
wind musical instruments for kids – recorder, flute, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet,
French horn – anything! Here your child will be initially taught to start playing
on a small wooden or plastic block flute, recorder. This step is common to all wind
instruments. Here is where he’ll comprehend elements of musical notation, melody,
and most importantly – develop breathing! I know many cases where the disease retreated
under the perseverance and diligence of the child after two or three years of hard
work. There is always need to stand and hold the right bearing (except for the horns,
sometimes) for which the teacher will strictly keep an eye on.
The best musical instruments for kids in case they have problems in the musculoskeletal
system and the coordination of movements are – percussion instruments. Your kid will
not only be taught how to "beat with sticks" on the drum, but also to extract beautiful
sounds from the xylophone.
It is possible that your child is already familiar with little musical instruments
for kids, which include the small version of the xylophone, albeit with a metal bar.
A xylophone is a huge instrument made of wooden beams, which are to be lightly hit.
When your kids plays on it, he will always have to move his hands, follow the rhythm
and his movements. The sticks are not hooked to each other and they need to be hit
in time on a certain bar. Percussion instruments are especially good for those children
who have a great sense of rhythm.
The ideal option to choose among musical instruments for kids would be to not choose
beforehand, rather, give the child a chance to try out all the different instruments,
even teach him to play the instruments of different systems in parallel, and different
ways of sound production (keyboards, string, plucked, wind). The need to continually
switch from one system to another significantly accelerates the development of musical
thinking. Parents of Bach, Mozart and other great musicians raised their children
in the same way.
Nowadays this method of universal musical training is almost never used because of
the organizational complexity and high cost of the instruments. In most cases modern
day parents have to limit themselves to only one of the musical instruments for kids
Even before the start of the course you will take your child for an interview with
the teachers. They’ll give him some simple tasks to determine whether he has a sense
of rhythm, musical memory and hearing. Nothing complicated, but after a few plays
the teacher will tell you about the abilities of your child, about whether he has
the ear for music. I want to warn you that the opinion of the teacher does not always
reflect the truth.
And perhaps most importantly, it is your choice out of all musical instruments for
kids that really counts. A well-chosen musical instrument for your child is 50% guarantee
of his future success in music education for sure! Your child should love his instrument.