Instruments to buy for the young Ustad

Sep 23, 2019 by

Why should music be introduced at a young age?

Music is for the soul. There is music for every kind of occasion and music for every mood. No one can get up and truthfully say that they have never come across a piece of music that has soothed them or given them solace. And the same goes for children. It is my strong belief that people should be introduced to the magical world of music early on in life! It is very important that they identify with one form of creativity early in life. You can’t ask a three year old to paint or dance, but you can always introduce a three year old to music via musical toys or shoes that give out musical notes when the child tries to walk! But once they grow older, how do you help them graduate to more mature forms of music? How do you change their taste from toy music to real melodies? Teaching a child to sing with the perfect beat and diction is not very easy. But teaching a child to play a piece of instrument is relatively easy.

What instrument to start with?

But then you face the next dilemma. What instrument do you start with? There are many factors to consider in this case. The age of the child, the preferences of the child, and the personality of the child are the prime factors to be considered.

If you are considering age, then there will a difference in the choice of kids instruments in children above and below the age of six. If the child is below six, it is better to hand him or her some instrument that he can physically support. In that case, violin and piano are the best choices. A child can easily hold a small violin and a piano need not even be held. However, it would be good to start with a small synthesizer instead of a proper piano.

Piano

Piano is always the best instrument to start your musical training with as it helps you grasp the basics of music theory. It provides a visual representation of the notes so that the child can have a deep understanding of music theory.

Violin

And the violin! Another masterpiece of an instrument! The best thing about a violin is that it can be made into a million different sizes depending on the user. So it can be made in tiny sizes for the tiny tots! Another major benefit of the violin is that it will help the child grasp tuning, which is foremost among the skills which are required for a musical future. This tuning will give the child a deep understanding as to what note and what scale is required for what kind of song.

Appropriate instruments for those tiny lips!

If you are thinking about instruments which require the mouth for playing, you have to take into consideration the lips of the child. With the tiny lips, the child will be able to play trumpet but not a harmonica. So it will be better to choose an instrument that will be easy for small lips to play with and will also not require the child to hold his or her breath for long periods of time.

And with braces?

Another important factor to consider is the presence or absence of braces. If your child is in his or her pre teens, then braces are soon to come! Clarinets and saxophones are very difficult to play with braces. So you can opt for the flutes. Even then, it will take the child quite some amount of time to get adjusted to playing the flute with braces, but it is quite possible with a little perseverance. After the adjustment period, it will be easy to play. Bassinets and oboes are also good to go with braces.

Time

Another fact to consider is the amount of time the child has to practice. If it does not have much time, it is better to teach them some instrument which can be bought and kept at home for regular practice. Larger kids instruments like piano and drum sets are difficult to keep at home. So it might not be possible to practice them every day.

So above are a few sets of points to keep in mind while introducing your child to music. It would be advisable for parents to choose something that will be easy to learn and play so that the child does not lose interest without even stepping foot in the field of music.

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