Finding and buying the right instrument for your child can be tricky for even the most musical of parents. Where do you start when considering what to buy and how do you make sure your child gets the most from their wonderful new instrument? We at The Strings Club are here to help!
Top Tips on Buying an Instrument for your Child
We at the The Strings Club have some tips on buying an instrument for your child. Here goes:
Choose an instrument to suit your child’s age – For children aged 4 or 5 we know from experience ukulele and violin are perfect because they are small and light.
Choose an instrument they are interested in, not you – If a child wants to play a particular instrument, chances are they will then practise and play it at home - which trust us, is half the battle. So make sure you choose an instrument they really want to learn. We also know you don’t want to invest in regular lessons without trying out a lesson and that’s why we have free online Discovery Days as well as our popular YouTube channel with a range of pre-recorded lessons.
Make sure it is the right size and good quality – Be careful when buying an instrument online. We’d recommend calling our partners Normans Musical Instruments – an independent retailer that are super friendly and can deliver within a week. Their number is 01283 535333. We’d also recommend your local music shop too as they will be able to help with sizing!
Don’t forget to accessorise – You will need things like a tuner, violin rosin, cases, books. Again your local music shop can help with this.
Support your child – This is so important! Forcing your child to practice at home for half an hour afterschool may not work. However sitting with them to ensure they understand what they need to practice will encourage them to play on their own in no time. You could even learn alongside your child!
We hope these quick tips help in getting your child’s musical journey off to a great start! Enjoy!
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