The best instruments for children to start learning & how to stay motivated

Music has always been a powerful tool with observable benefits to a child's development. The more music introduced to children from a young age, the more likely they are to want to start learning and playing an instrument. Playing music significantly benefits a child as they grow, as it is one of the most practical and enjoyable ways they can develop the way their mind and body works together; improving hand-eye coordination and focus as well as becoming an expressive outlet as they get older. With that said, there are a wide range and variety of instruments out there, so it can be difficult to choose one that is suited to your child in order to ease them into learning to play music. There are however a few that have proven to be very popular choices.

Firstly,

they are the perfect entry instrument to start learning as they are easy to play! Your child can sit at a piano, hit a key and thus play a note instantly, accelerating the early learning process and enjoyment they get out of the instrument as they can start to learn how to play from day one, rather than having to learn certain techniques first before being able to play anything, as is the case for playing a note correctly on a flute, or having to be aware of tuning, as is the case for a guitar and other stringed instruments. Moreover, a digital piano or keyboard is a great starting point for developing your child's knowledge of scales and music theory, which can then be later applied to other instruments For example, by simply identifying one key as 'C', a child can play the next 7 white keys one after the other, which would mean they have just played a scale!


In summary,

I believe that a digital piano or keyboard are the best instruments to ease your child into the fulfilling journey of learning to play music, as well as being an undemanding way for your child to learn the basic theory that can then be developed and applied to other instruments. The longer a child learns and plays an instrument, the more their patience, general commitment and concentration will improve, so it is well worth keeping your child motivated to continue learning! One of the easiest ways is to have music playing in the background at home or in the car every now and then, specifically music that appears to resonate with the child. This can be a powerful motivational tool as it will likely encourage your child to try and emulate what they are listening to, as well as maintain their interest in music.


Another way to keep your child motivated to continue to learn their musical instrument is to identify a good music teacher that can teach effectively while keeping it fun and exciting. One great benefit of this is it will allow your child to learn on a real and professional piano! Some teachers do allow the parent to sit in and watch the lesson, so it is always worth asking if you can watch the first few lessons to see for yourself if it is practical and your child is having fun. Finally, it is important to let your child decide what instrument(s) they want to learn next as they grow older. For example, a child who started learning how to play music on a keyboard at age 5 may wish to learn how to play the guitar as they reach age 10. They will be able to use what they've already learned from playing the keyboard but will now be able to apply it to an instrument they would have more fun playing, meaning they will be more inspired to play and continue to learn! Some links https://www.gear4music.com/Keyboards-and-Pianos/MK-1000-54-Key-Portable-Keyboard-by-Gear4music/UT5 https://www.argos.co.uk/product/7333639

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