How to Choose Your Preschooler’s First Instrument

May 18, 2015

Music and art are two of the most effective ways to expand your child’s mind and help develop them both educationally and emotionally. Because of this, music training should start in preschool.

Choosing the right preschool to develop these musical skills can be tough. The best private preschools in New Jersey (NJ) will know the benefits of music in your child’s early development and will help to nurture that skill during their early ages and in the classroom.

Consider choosing a preschool with music built into the curriculum, helping to propel your child forward into his or her educational career before it begins.

Probably, your daughter wants to learn to play the guitar like Taylor Swift. Your son may want to learn the drums or the piano. Musical equipment is a large investment of both time and money, and you don’t want to make the investment without being sure that your child won’t want to quit after a few months.

Music itself is very important and it is also a fun and challenging way for your child to learn. As they are young, it’s often up to the parents to choose their first musical instrument for them, but how should you do this?

Pay Attention to the Music Your Child Enjoys

This is the most obvious – and sometimes the most overlooked – way to figure out what type of musical instrument your child might enjoy the most. Often times, children’s music uses specific instruments in order to help capture the attention.

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The best private preschools in NJ will be able to help determine this for you, and may even have some recommendations as to what your child’s interests may be. Talk to your preschool ahead of time to discuss how they will monitor your child’s musical progress and enjoyment.

Expose Your Child to a Variety of Interests

Take your child to a playground or a community center. Often times, there are communal instrumental toys that he or she can play with, and you can see which ones he or she takes a liking to. Don’t be alarmed if he or she doesn’t grasp on to a single instrument immediately. It may take some trial and error before the right instrument is found.

If you can’t find a community center with a set-up like this, consider taking your child to a one-time, group children’s lesson and to see what instruments he or she gravitates towards in a structured setting. This way, when they begin playing in the classroom, they will enjoy the experience and have settled on an instrument beforehand.

Talk to Your Child about Their Preferences

Children won’t often know exactly what they want until after they have tried it, but you should talk to your child about his or her musical preferences before making the decision to purchase their first musical instrument. This will allow them say in their musical career and will encourage them to do well as they will be more excited about it.

If they are unsure, it may be an indication that your child needs to be more involved with music. Do they know they types of instruments that make their favorite sounds or are used to play their favorite songs? If not, start by discussing this with them as you expose them to more music. Eventually, you will settle on an instrument to begin with.

learning with music

The Home Away From Home Academy (HAFHA) is owned by Carmine and Phyllis Visone, and aims to provide the right kind of play and guidance to educate children as a whole, giving them a more individualistic education experience. To find out more about how you can enroll your kids, contact us.

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