It is well known that music, introduced to children at an early age, is a great support for intellectual, speech, sensory, auditory and motor development.

But what happens when the child grows up, likes music, wants to continue studying it and has to choose an instrument?

The first thing to keep in mind is that the practice of a musical instrument is a very useful tool to achieve their overall development, enhancing creativity, intelligence, language skills or memory.

Therefore, parents should not expect their child to become the next Mozart, but they should appreciate that it will be easier for them to learn mathematics, cultivate patience and foster important values such as discipline and self-esteem.

FACTORS INFLUENCING DECISION MAKING

From socio-economic to purely personal factors will influence the decision making process. What must be clear is that the child must know the instruments, in order to avoid hasty decisions.

Each instrument has infinite possibilities, but everything will depend on dedication, practice and physical time. Our advice is to let them decide which instrument to play. It is not at all advisable for the father or mother figure to influence this choice, much less impose it. Both parents and teachers can guide and advise, but the interpreter must make the final decision.

It should not be ruled out that the boy or girl receive some kind of instruments that are more to their liking, and thus help to decide. Let them experiment with several different instruments before settling on one.

THE INSTRUMENT, A MEANS TO LEARN MUSIC

When you start playing an instrument it is not just an end, it is a means to learn and experience music in yourself. Therefore, one of the things that must be achieved is that the child identifies with his or her instrument so that he or she can enjoy it to the maximum. In this way, we already have a motivated student.

We should encourage the child to listen to music with us, because it can help us to find out what kind of instrument he or she could play. It is essential to notice the sounds he enjoys and talk to him about the instruments that make those sounds.

Variety is very important. Let him listen to soloists and ensembles, ask him about the song and the parts he loves. Over time, you can decipher an interest in instruments that make the sounds you like.

HELP WITH SUBSTANCE

We must keep in mind the old saying, because they are not without reason: ‘You do not choose the instrument, it is the instrument that chooses you’.

To help you make the best decision, there are a number of observations to be made:

  • Why do you like this instrument more than any other?
  • Are you excited about the instrument?
  • Do you like the sound of it?
  • Does the instrument match the music you like to listen to the most?

If all the answers fit and are positive, everything seems to indicate that the story between musician and instrument will be a true love story.

Don’t let him get discouraged, but at the same time, don’t force him to do something he’s not happy with. It is better to err several times than to repeat the mistake over time.

If, despite your best efforts, your child can’t get used to an instrument, but still loves music, you should consider signing him or her up for singing lessons.

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