How to Get Your Child Interested in Playing a Musical Instrument
There are many benefits to playing a musical instrument – both for the player and the listener combined. However, at first, it can be frustrating for the player and painful for the listener. This aside, you should never discourage a child from wanting to learn to read music and play an instrument.
Indeed, it can be costly, as there aren’t any instruments that are cheap to purchase, but there is the option of being able to rent the desired instrument until a time when your child is adamant that they wish to continue their adventure into the musical world.
#1 Take Them to Concerts
Sometimes, children need a bit of inspiration to find the right route for them to explore their creative side. Taking your child to concerts that feature a vast array of instruments can do just that. Your child has likely had a brush at school with a recorder but showing them there is far more choice in wind, string, or percussion instruments available to them can have them looking in awe.
#2 Buy Them an Instrument
As stated above, you can rent an instrument if you cannot afford to purchase one off of the cuff. This may be a better idea if your child is well-known to be fickle and likely to change their mind easily or get bored of their new hobby quickly. If you are still wanting to buy, but do not wish to spend a fortune, there is always a second-hand market stacked with preloved instruments for your child to choose from. With this, though, you will likely be responsible for collecting the instrument and bringing it home.
This is not difficult if you are looking at a violin or flute. However, it can prove as a bit of an obstacle when looking at a large piano. This is where you will want to enlist the help of expert piano movers for moving a piano from its original location and getting it to your home without any damage or stress on your part.
#3 Get Them Lessons
For your child to get the most out of their new musical instrument, you are going to have to invest in some lessons. Finding a music teacher that specializes in the instrument that you have acquired for your child is a must, and if you find that there aren’t any in your area, you can either source a music teacher online for video lessons or find pre-recorded lessons provided by a tutor on sites such as YouTube.
#4 Allow Them Time to Practice
You will most certainly need to allow them time and space to practice. As already discussed, in the early stages this can be quite painful on the ear – especially if your child has chosen to pick up an instrument like the violin. Pulling faces when they hit the wrong notes or are struggling to get to the right one is less than helpful to all and you should be providing them with as much encouragement as possible to help them through this tough stage of learning.
You should, of course, also let your neighbors know that your child is wanting to take up this hobby and check what is the best time of day for them that practice commences. This is because your neighbors may have young children who have to be in bed at certain times or they may be shift workers themselves and, therefore, need quiet at different stages of the day.