Choosing a Musical Instrument

Choosing an Instrument

 

Helping your child to choose which instrument to learn can sometimes be a difficult choice to make. Things to consider:

Some children have definite ideas about what they would like to learn, other start to learn at the first opportunity that comes along.

Making the correct choice is very important as there are many different elements that will affect how successful a child will be on a particular instrument.

A child’s physical development will determine at what age they are best suited to start each particular instrument.

Shown below is a guide showing at what age we advise pupils begin learning individual instruments.

 

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6/7

Violin

*Viola

Piano

Keyboard

 

Recorder

Ukulele

Cello

Flute

Clarinet

Cornet

Trumpet

Tenor horn

French horn

Trombone

Baritone

Drums

Percussion

Oboe

Bassoon

Acoustic Guitar

Voice

Double Bass

Electric Guitar

Bass Guitar

Euphonium

Tuba

Saxophone

*HMS policy is that upper strings tuition begins on violin, some pupils will then wish to change to viola after a minimum of 2 years violin tuition

 

 

The following links will take you to websites that may help you and your child to make a decision as to which instrument is right for them:

 

This is a great article highlighting why your child should learn to play a musical instrument.

 

The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world’s greatest orchestras and is based at the Royal Festival Hall in London. This site shows it’s principle players demonstrating their instuments, this is very adult orientated

 

The New York Philharmonic kid's website is not only great fun for children, but is also highly informative.

 

The San Fransico Symphony Orchestra children’s section if full of great activities for children of all ages

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