c/o: Bill Davenport
If your child has been showing interest in playing a musical instrument, you may not be sure where to begin. Many students know exactly what instrument they want to practice, but others don’t and that’s okay. The important thing is that your child has interest in exploring music and putting their creativity into results. In fact, no matter how confident your child is in playing a particular instrument, don’t be surprised if they change to a new instrument at a later date.
Exposure to Music
For now however, consider if anyone in your family has an instrument or musical talent. You can let your child try out the instrument, get a feel for its size and layout and watch someone else in action. Maybe your child has already been around someone like this, and that person has inspired them to experiment with music. Whatever the case may be, exposure is a great way to start the process.
Review Instrument Options
Second, go over the various instruments with your child and see if any of them interest your child and why. Also keep in consideration the size of the instrument, your child’s maturity level and their commitment. These factors will help you in choosing an instrument that fits your child’s personality and accommodates your budget.
Here are the available instruments for your child to consider: Guitar, Saxophone, Trombone, Piano, Clarinet, Recorder, Flute, Drums, Trumpet, Violin, Viola, Percussion, Cello, French Horn and Baritone.
Buying or Borrowing an Instrument
When you shop with Catfish Music, we can help you select a musical instrument that matches your child’s personality and fits your budget. Because we have a full stock of used and consigned instruments, you can save on the cost of the piece while still giving your child a quality instrument to play on.
Another option is to rent an instrument, which can also be done with Catfish Music. This is a great way to let your child experiment with an instrument, and if they like it, you can buy it directly from us. If they don’t, just try something new. Many parents take this route when trying to find the right instrument for their budding musician.
Practice Makes Perfect
Finally, when your child has chosen the best instrument, encourage them to practice. The instrument can be difficult to handle at first, which is why your child will need plenty of practice in holding and getting comfortable with the piece before they really master playing it.