Ideal instrument for a child to learn music?
April 11, 2014 8:40 AM Subscribe
My child (almost 5) is showing an interest in music and I would like to get him started with music lessons. Please help me pick an instrument for him.
posted by rada to Education (42 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Obviously there is no such thing as an objectively PERFECT instrument. I am looking for practical advice of a "pros & cons" nature.
For example, I went to an intensive music school as a kid. Half of every weekday, crammed with piano (my "major"), violin (a very minor "minor"), music theory, and vocals. I regret taking piano for a very mundane reason: it's a major piece of furniture so you can't keep one in your dorm room or your tiny [major city with sky-high rents] studio apartment. I ended up discarding years and years of piano training when I moved out of my parents' home and I think that's really unfortunate.
(On the opposite end of the argument, pro-piano people keep telling me that keyboards are really good these days but(!) whenever I try someone else's keyboard, it feels and sounds terrible; the owner will invariably say that it's just because their keyboard is cheap, which to me is a moot point in that if everyone's keyboards are cheap because that's what's affordable, well then, there you are).
So what would be a good instrument for a very young child to get into? Something fun but practical that they could keep for life? That can make beautiful music on its own and doesn't have to be part of a band? I've read about the Suzuki violin but I am kind of down on a violin (just a personal preference). What do you think about a guitar or a saxophone? Other ideas? I am open to dissenting opinions on the piano or the violin of course. Thank you.