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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.

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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 available.

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.

 

 

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