How to Choose Which Musical Instrument to Play


Before I go on, let’s get one thing straight:

Everyone is capable of playing an instrument at a proficient level with the right support and mindful practice.

Therefore, the first step is the most crucial:  picking an instrument that suits your child’s identity and personality, and picking one that they want to play (hopefully for a long time!).

While that sounds like serious business, also remember that students change instruments all the time; this is not exactly “do-or-die” here…yet.  Anyone is allowed to change their mind (just not too much).

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An Introduction to “The Guide”

violin-music-cropWelcome to the Music Parent’s Guide!

I have been involved with the teaching of instrumental music for over 20 years. During this time I have seen (and taught) thousands of students start on an instrument each year with the same sparkle in their eyes.  I have watched them grow into incredible musicians and also wonderful human beings.

I have also seen up to 80% of them quit playing; very prematurely, I might add.

This massive attrition rate has always startled and perplexed me.  Around the 4th, 5th or 6th grades (in many school districts), up to 100% of students start on an instrument as part of the curriculum.  Just about every student opens up their case for the first time and their eyes beam.

They want to be good at this.

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