How To Choose An Instrument

It is important to disregard common misconceptions when choosing an instrument.

One instrument is not more difficult or easier than another to learn. All instruments will have technical challenges presented to the player sooner or later. Choose the instrument that “speaks” to you.  There are numerous studies showing that learning any musical instrument will encourage positive cognitive development. Early music instruction promotes development in ALL areas of the brain for the youngest of children as they grow. Another study supports the idea that as we age, playing an instrument helps keep our neuro pathways active and gives us a healthy past time to enjoy.

An Instrument has no gender. Boys can play flute, girls can play trumpet if they want! No matter which instrument is chosen, “motivation” is the key to success. Exposure to all kinds of music, especially experiencing live performances, will have the most influence on which instrument to play. No matter which instrument is chosen to begin with, many students will end up playing a different one.  Trying a different instrument can spark a students interest and keep the experience a positive one.

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.