We all know that the cost’s of raising children today is astronomical! The number of extracurricular activities our children are involved in raises the cost even higher! So what do you do when your child shows an interest in playing a musical instrument? Or, maybe it’s you that feel like learning an instrument will be beneficial to your child’s life. Yes, it will be an extra cost, but it is a worthwhile one. Not only does helping our child learn to play a musical instrument develop coordination and motor skills in them, but also it gives them a creative way to express themselves.
There’s evidence to suggest that keeping time and transposing notes from one key to another can help with number skills and mathematics. Before they see any of the benefits, we’ve got to make sure our child has a thorough foundation in learning to play an instrument. How do we do this?
The right instrument
Choosing the right instrument is essential, but when you are at a loss of which one to start with, it’s a good idea to start with the recorder. It’s cheap, and it provides a suitable introduction. That’s why most of us learn to play the recorder in elementary school.
Traditionally speaking, the violin or piano have been popular instruments, but it’s best to speak to your child and see what they are interested in.
Your child might like the idea of playing the drums over the piano or keyboard because they like how it makes them feel. The most important thing you can do is listen to their wishes. You also need to look at their abilities. The have to physically be able to play the instrument. If they’ve got tiny hands, the piano might not be the best choice just like if they’ve got a small frame, the tuba is going to be out!
The type of teacher helps with learning an instrument
Many children start learning an instrument with the best of intentions. Then they find that out that it’s hard work and takes a lot of practice and time. They may be inclined to give up. The type of teacher you choose for them is crucial. A great teacher will give your child the confidence and enthusiasm to keep practicing. It’s important to get some recommendations, but these days, more and more people are going online.
Websites like Guitar Lesson Pros can provide a step-by-step guide that anybody can follow and explain the facts in easy-to-understand ways. A lot of us feel that if we only had the right teacher, we could have benefited so much more. This means that you need to consider finding the right teacher as a priority.
Your child’s age
If your child shows an interest in an instrument, but they are still toddling around, you may want to give them some structure. Yet, you’ve got to realize that there is only so much your child can learn musically at this point. Children are never too young to learn about music. But it’s about guiding them in things that pique their interests rather than trying to get them to play an actual instrument. Babies can learn how to clap in time, and this can improve their concentration and coordination.
When they are ready to learn an instrument, usually between the ages of 5 and 7, formal lessons can begin. A lot of deciding to begin formal lessons has to do with their attention span. I’m sure we’ve all thought about playing music before because it looks cool or fun. Remember that when you’re dealing with your child’s musical interests. Never forget that music is meant to be a thing of joy, not of struggle and hardship. If your child is crying during lessons,that’s a sure sign that something isn’t right. Let them have fun, and they’ll find out if playing an instrument is right for them or not.