These days, one of the most common regrets heard from adults is that they didn't learn a musical instrument at school. Yes, having the ability to play a musical instrument is a wondrous thing, and can offer your kid a wide range of benefits.
Whether it is building up their confidence, teaching them helpful or productive skills, or even just widening their social circle, encouraging your child to learn a musical instrument is really a gift more than anything. Plus, it also makes them smarter, and what's better than that? So, let's take a look at ten of the best instruments for young children to learn.
It might be the most obvious, but the guitar is one of the best musical instruments to learn for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is extremely popular, with the guitar regularly played in most countries across the globe. Secondly, it is incredibly cool, with the guitar having that special something that most instruments just don't have.
Plus, the guitar can be learned at any age, thus making a great activity for the child and parent to do together. Finally, guitars aren't that expensive, especially when compared to other instruments on the list, and can act as fantastic birthday presents.
It can be difficult to get your kid into the piano, mostly due to the size. However, if you can get yourself a nearby piano teacher, then it shouldn't be a problem. Furthermore, keyboards also act as great substitutes and are also much more accessible than a big old dusty piano.
One great thing about the piano is that it teaches people to multitask, a skill that can be used elsewhere in life. Another great thing is that it doesn't have to be tuned (well, not that much, anyway) which saves your kids a lot of time and a lot of hassle.
The violin is hardly the friendliest of instruments, especially with regards to your ears. Yes, when played badly (which is for the majority of the time) it can be incredibly difficult to listen to. However, learning to play the violin does teach perseverance, with the end results more than satisfying.
That's right—part of the challenge is to play the instrument correctly so that it doesn't sound like an injured cat and more like a glorious angel. This teaches your kid to keep on trying, no matter how difficult something can be and how painful it can be on their parents.
The harmonica is one of those instruments that look easy to learn but is instead actually rather difficult. However, although it might be hard to learn, it is a great way to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of music and is also very cheap to buy.
Plus, some of the greatest musicians in the world all played the harmonica, with Bob Dylan and John Lennon famed for their love of the little music box. In addition, the harmonica can also be played at the same time as other instruments, teaching your kids the skill of multitasking as well as giving them the opportunity to be even more creative.
Sadly, the drums as a musical instrument are often misunderstood and seem to get a lot of flack from parents across the globe. However, the drums are actually a wonderful instrument for young children to play and can teach your kids numerous useful and helpful skills.
Think about it: kids are basically playing drums since the day they are born, constantly banging and hitting anything in sight and desperately attempting to form some kind of communication. The drums as an instrument are basically the same thing and can also help kids release bad energy and pent up aggression—just like going to the gym!
The flute is a common musical instrument that is played in numerous schools across the globe. It is popular mostly due to its size, as it can be carried and stored away easily and effortlessly. Plus, the flute is not too difficult to learn and can end up sounding extremely beautiful when played correctly.
Furthermore, the flute can be a great introduction to woodwind instruments as a whole and acts as a great crossover for other musical instruments, such as the clarinet or the recorder. Yes, such instruments all follow a similar fingering element, thus opening doors for other instruments as they grow older.
The harp is often disregarded as a valid musical instrument and is overlooked when introducing instruments to young children. However, the harp has a number of benefits and can teach your kids a number of helpful and useful skills. For instance, the harp is a rather complicated instrument, and therefore it requires patience and perseverance.
Understandably, the idea of acquiring a harp for the house can be daunting, but it is important to remember that harps come in different shapes and sizes and can be adapted to fit each child no matter how big or small they may be.
The saxophone is one of those instruments that is automatically cool, no matter who is playing it. That's right: the saxophone can be played in marching bands, jazz bands, and just about anything bands and still sound silky smooth and easy on the ears. Furthermore, the saxophone is said to make those who play it smarter, as it improves leadership skills, patience, and perseverance.
Another interesting fact about the saxophone is that it is connected to memory skills and neurological control, with the instrument said to be an extreme and positive workout for the brain. Plus, Lisa Simpson plays it, and what is better than that, right?
2 Steel Pans
Steel pans first originated in Trinidad and Tobago and have since made their way through the rest of the world and especially in schools. That's right—throughout Europe, the steel pans have become a popular instrument to learn and have the added benefit of teaching children about other cultures and instruments.
Plus, the steel pans are a wonderful alternative to the loud and aggressive bass drums and crashing high hats, with the steel pans much more easy on the ears. Playing the steel drums is also somewhat of a science in itself, with the different noises and sounds a joy to hear and understand.
Everybody has to start somewhere right? The triangle is a great musical instrument to introduce your kids to music and rhythm as well as playing in a band or a team. Furthermore, it also teaches discipline, with kids learning how to time themselves. Plus, kids can start playing the triangle at any age and may even spark an interest in music as a whole.
Yes, it might be easy to learn and deemed as a somewhat amusing instrument, but it still has its place amongst a group of musicians. In fact, professional, triangle players exist all over the world and are regarded as important and integral members of the group.