10 Tips for Choosing the Right Instrument for Your Child

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How do you choose the right instrument for your child? I've been trying to figure that out since our daughter got her pincers working, and the instrument is always changing. She has shown me a lot about what is right for her when it comes to rocking out.  For instance, size matters. She loves our vintage accordion, but it probably weighs half her body weight right now. Choose an instrument that your child can play without you — and can avoid injury using. So we've opted for a makeshift drum set of cooking pot lids and drum sticks that she can set up on her own. I've also learned that I shouldn't necessarily give into just any instrument. Remember, parents, your ears matter. That means, if you can't stand the sound of a trumpet every day, don't assume that if your kid plays it it's going to change your mind. Spare your ears sounds you know you don't like. Likewise, if your child cringes at the thought of playing the piano, you can check that one off the eligible instruments . . . for now. Check out all 10 Tips for Choosing the Right Instrument for Your Child below, or for an "expert" opinion, read  this PBS article on the subject.

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