There’s likely to come to a point in your child’s development where they will come home keen to learn to play an instrument. If not, you can always encourage them! Playing music is a brilliant pastime for any child and can endow them with a skill that will last them a lifetime. However, with so many different instruments on the market, how do you choose the right one for your kid? Well, there are a few instruments out there that are particularly child-friendly, so let’s take a moment to look at them!
Chances are that you haven’t played the xylophone since you were a child yourself. But they are a great instrument to get your little one started on. The xylophone is very basic, with bars that strike a particular note when hit with a small mallet. A primary benefit of xylophones is that their bars can be moved, so you can switch them up into an order that allows a simple song to be played if a child simply hits them one at a time from left to right. They will be thrilled at having played a song, and it will set them off at hitting the bars in different orders. As they progress, you can move the bars back into their original structure, allowing your little one to work out how to play the same tune when the bars are not placed in chronological order.
So many kids display an active interest in playing string instruments. This is probably because the guitar is one of the most commonly played instruments in the world and chances are that some of their favorite musicians are guitarists. However, a full size six string guitar may be a little overwhelming as a first choice. So, why not consider an alternative that might be a bit more suitable – the ukulele. The ukulele is a small and lightweight instrument – generally coming in at around 20 inches – that should prove perfect for any little one who’s interested in strumming away at strings. They only have four strings, so are a little more simple to use and are generally considered easier to learn to play than a classic guitar. But your child can get to grips with basic techniques and how to play basic chords, which can then allow them to progress more easily to guitar at a later date if they should so wish. Another bonus? Ukuleles are generally a low-cost investment, and there are plenty of free resources out there like easyukulelesongs.com where you can find simple songs to play to get your kid started off on the right foot!
Another firm favorite amongst children is the keyboard. This is a great beginner instrument that they can then progress onwards and upwards from if their end goal is to play the piano. However, it comes in at a much lower price than the piano if you want to check that they are interested in the venture before you invest heavily.
As you can see, there are plenty of brilliant instruments for children of all ages on the market. Hopefully, this has helped to give you some ideas as to which might best suit your little one!