How to Choose an Instrument

It is important to disregard common misconceptions when choosing an instrument. Don’t choose an instrument because it is easier than others. All instruments have specific challenges-one is no easier than another. Don’t choose an instrument because it will “make you smarter”. The study of any instrument will encourage musical development, thus making you smarter. Don’t choose because of gender biases: “only girls play flute” or “only boys play drums and trumpet”. No matter which instrument you choose, motivation is the key to success. Many factors can increase motivation in a particular instrument, but exposure to all kinds of music ,whether through listening or attending live performances, will have the biggest influence on what you decide to play now or later on.

Is the chosen instrument right for your student?

Sometimes the first instrument is not the best. Often trying another instrument results in a happier and more successful endeavor. We don’t encourage trying instruments one after another, but a change can spark a student’s interest and keep the experience positive.

What is the best instrument for your child to start on?

At an early age the choice of instruments is limited because of physical size. In many cases the violin is an outstanding choice. The violin is made in much smaller sizes and is also manufactured to specific standards ensuring a good quality musical instrument.

How early can you start your child on a musical instrument?

Each child is different, of course, and there is no specific age which a child can start. Maturity and attention span is a judgment that you can make and we can advise after an interview with you and your child.