Which Musical Instruments Are Best for Your Child

Vitamins, healthy food, exercise, and looking both ways before you both cross the street. You arm your child with as many ways possible to grow safe, strong, and smart. Along with that children’s multivitamin, how about having her pop some time with some musical instruments, too?

It turns out that kids’ brains can develop faster when they are involved in music training. But did you know that certain instruments are best for certain kids? Read this, take two instruments, and call us in the morning.

Getting Instrumental: Musical Instruments 101

Which Musical Instruments Are Best for Your Child

Your budding Mozart, Lady Gaga, or David Lee Roth is ready to play one of the many instruments that add sweet sound to the world.


Before you can see your child open up the Billboard Music Awards, there are several questions to ask yourself when helping him or her select musical instruments [1]:

  • Think of your home. Is size an issue? (Such as for bigger instruments like drums and piano.)
  • What about sound? If you’re in an apartment or attached townhouse, think of your neighbors before choosing something loud. Your area may even have noise ordinances.
  • Is your child small? Carrying a massive instrument such as a tuba may be problematic.

The String Thing

If the sound of strings sounds like sweet music to your ears, you may have the perfect instrument for your child, but it will depend on his or her age.

Great news!

The violin is small enough in size as well as has the simplicity to be ideal for younger kids and early learners of just about any age. In fact, the University of Arizona offers a violin, viola, cello, and bass program for music enthusiasts as early as age three [2]. (Probably not the double bass at that age – it would be bigger than they are!)

Bang a Drum

If your child is already showing an interest in pounding on things, you may have a young drummer on your hands.

There are a few things to consider when you’re determining whether drums are the best musical instruments for your child:

  • A few math skills are required to keep up wth drum lessons, so your child should at least have an interest and ability to follow patterns
  • Drumming groups recommend that prospective drummers need to know their alphabet already, so they can read notes. If yours doesn’t, the drums may not be the best option right now.
  • Size does matter with drums. Booster seats aren’t exactly an option, so he or she needs to be tall enough to see over the top of the drum kit and cymbals.

Brass and Woodwinds

Would you like to just keep it simple?

Try introducing your child to a clarinet or alto saxophone, both easy and lighter instruments ideal for beginners.

These instruments belong to the woodwind family and have long, thin tubular shapes.

To start making music, your child just needs to practice blowing air, something that can be low-key and not so stressful compared to finger placement and other difficulties of more complicated instruments.

Woodwinds are recommended for kids who are at least middle school and up, and the good news is, the skills can grow with your child, too. There are extremely complicated, quite beautiful pieces of music that these instruments shine in while playing.

In the Key of YOU

We would love to hear about your experiences choosing musical instruments for or with your child.

Did he or she go strings? Drums? Woodwind?

The good news is, there are so many options out there, and you can always try something else. If you want to know more about the benefits of playing an instrument better read our blog.

Please share with us and other parents about your family’s experiences getting into the music. Post your comments below. We can’t wait to listen.

Stephanie Su

Started learning music when she was four years old, Stephanie is a music teacher and a music therapist who is highly proficient in Piano, Violin, Guitar, and Ukulele. She likes to learn, teach, and share her music playing experiences.

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