There will come a point in almost every parent’s life when their child will come home asking to learn to play a particular musical instrument. Music lessons at school expose them to all sorts of instruments that they may never have laid their eyes on before, but once they get their hands on them, they want to extend their practice to home as well as the classroom. Now, there are numerous benefits that come hand in hand with a little one learning an instrument and various studies have shown that not only do children learn to play an instrument when taking music lessons, but they also gain a whole host of other skills that serve to make them more intelligent and competent individuals. So this really is an interest that you want to encourage them with should they take a fancy to it. However, there are a few things to bear in mind before getting them started. Here are some to take into consideration.
Now, we want our kids to have as many hobbies and extracurricular activities under their belts as possible. However, our budgets are not limitless and it’s a good idea to examine the costs associated with particular instruments before allowing our child to choose one over another. Costs incurred tend to include the instrument itself, lessons, and additional extras. There are ways to minimise on each, no matter what instrument your little one decides to play. Let’s start with the instrument itself. Where there are new instruments in shops, there are always used instruments that will come with a much lower price tag. Don’t feel that there is a negative stigma attached to second hand instruments. All over the country kids are asking their parents for instruments and many will lose interest in a matter of weeks. So, the majority of used instruments on the market haven’t actually been used that much and are still in pretty good nick! While lessons costs are relatively non-negotiable (piano lessons, for example, are almost always going to be more costly than guitar lessons), you can start your little one out with free online video tutorials to start with. If they show genuine and ongoing interest, you can then invest in one-to-one lessons. Extras include things like sheet music, but this can often be found for free on sites like easyukulelesongs.com, which can save you costs incurred through purchasing books.
While some kids will pick up an instrument and be bored of it within a day or so, some will really take to their instrument of choice and will continue to play it for the rest of their lives. Bearing in mind that your kid is likely to live at home until at least the age of eighteen, you should make sure that the instrument is something that you’ll be happy to listen to on a daily basis for the foreseeable future. While all instruments are bound to make a noise (that’s pretty much the point of them), some are a whole lot louder than others, so guide your child’s choice wisely. Also consider your neighbours’ peace and quiet – if your child really does want to take to something like drums, consider investing in additional extras when purchasing a kit, such as silencers. These allow your little one to practice without making all of the noise associated with drums, which is much better for evening practice.
As you can see, there’s a lot to bear in mind when your kid decides to pick up an instrument. But as long as you take your time and do your research, the whole process should go swimmingly.