Music lessons for kids
Way back in the day – okay it doesn’t seem that long ago, but back then, I was a band geek. My aunt had played clarinet and quit so when 5th grade came along, I played clarinet. And then, I started learning new instruments: baritone, trumpet, saxophone, flute: You get the picture. While I do not play now, I do want my kids to have an appreciation for music. I want them to have lessons and at least try to learn an instrument.
Which instrument to start?
Choosing a starter instrument for a young child really comes down to whether you have a preference, the cost, and whether you have an instrument you feel your child “must” try. You can also head to a music studio and have your child try out a few instruments, listen to them and see if they come up with something that interests them. Of course, that is dependent upon a company having these sorts of opportunities.
Even before formal lessons, musical rhtym and the like can be taught through something like Music Together or classes like that. (See this old post about Groovy Kids with Teacher Kevin.
Violin for early music learning
Many children my kids’ ages start with violin using something like the suzuki method, which introduces the instrument in a way like you’d learn a language at a young age. At the beginning it is about the sound and not which “notes” – and then there’s progression. However, there are no suzuki method teachers near me. There is violin here but it is pretty pricey when the only reason my daughter is interested in this music is because her friends who live near my in-laws play this one. We’re not near by so peer learning isn’t likely to happen.
Ukelele and guitar lessons
Then, there’s ukelele. This is a pre-guitar class that the nearby music studio teaches. My daughter has said she wants to take this but then says she wants only a real guitar. So I’m letting this sit.
Keyboard or piano classes
Next is keyboarding. This is also taught nearby, but this isn’t the same as piano classes like you’d find at Steinway Pianos Los Angeles or other reputable place. Parents here actually say, “oh my son is taking casio.” Not that i have anything against Casio as a brand… so I bought, I mean Santa delivered a small keyboard that was inexpensive so we can see if the kids are enjoying. My daughter, does like it, but she thinks she’s a pro. She’s a typical almost 6 year old who has all the confidence in the world.
Finally there is intro to woodwinds with the recorder. I can teach this basics, but I’m not sure my daughter is ready yet, since when we’ve discussed how music comes, she doesn’t have the patience to learn from me at this time.
For me, these are the starter instruments for a child who is under say age 8.