There are many benefits in learning to play a musical instrument for anyone of any age. The benefits for young children who start learning a musical instrument from a young age are also apparent. With such a wide choice of musical instruments available, it might seem difficult in choosing the correct musical instrument for your child to learn. Remember, there will be other factors to consider including the initial cost of the instrument, any up keep and maintenance costs, not forgetting ensuring that the musical instrument remains attractive to learn as it did when it was first being considered. Furthermore, factors such as the size of the instrument through to the volume that it creates can also play a major role in determining what instrument is going to be the most appropriate to learn. Whichever musical instrument in eventually chosen, the chances are that it will provide hours, and years of enjoyment to the person learning it.
Age is also a big factor in considering the type of musical instrument to start learning. For example, young children aren’t going to be able to control an instrument as well as adults. Their bone structures in their hands are still developing, as is their strength, so instruments such as the piano which can require the pianist to play with spread fingers might be deemed difficult. However, this must not put you off learning the piano if this is what you or your children are wanting to learn. Over time, their hands will become accustomed to stretching and learning to stretch to reach notes can also help with coordination skills.
Some people start very young children, such as toddler ages, on simple instruments which can start and initial musical development. For example, tambourines, small glockenspiels, are perfect for this. In addition, their cost is very low but the overall advantages that using these types of instruments on children of young ages is enormous. They can start to develop coordination skills, movement skills, aural skills, visual and memory skills just as an example.
Following the younger years, children will probably start to develop musical interests in instruments that are more mechanical and provide a good response with necessary control. If your child is interested in learning the piano, it could be more worthwhile to purchase a keyboard initially not only to “test the water” but to start to provide some form of pianistic playing and learning. The keyboard is a great place to start for those who are initially interested in learning to play the piano. Once musical flair and interest in the piano is developed further, then the purchase of a piano will probably be necessary.
The learning of any musical instrument for a child from their younger years upwards is a great way for them to develop mentally and artistically. If there are signs of musical ability shown in an instrument or in music generally from a young age, the ability to nurture the interest and almost invest physically in time and money can be rewarding to the child. Their skills, abilities, interests and overall personal development can be seen through learning a musical instrument.