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Kids - 5 Musical Instruments easy to learn

Updated on December 7, 2015

Have you ever thought of introducing your child to a new Musical Instrument? or have they already expressed an interest?

Children are never too young to start learning to play a musical instrument. They can start learning from as early as the age of 7. These days, kids seem to spend so much time on computers, it would be nice if they could occupy themselves with something else.

There are many musical instruments to learn, but I will focus on 5 easy ones: It would be helpful to pay for lessons for them to start learning otherwise there are places they could learn online. I have included some online links.

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Flute

A great starting point for learning music because it is easy to learn. The flute is cheap and easy to carry. Yamaha is a good model for a flute but it is advisable to shop around.

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Online flute lessons

Guitar

An instrument that inspires kids. This is most popular with boys but girls also play it.  For learning, it is best to start with an acoustic or classical guitar. Fenda and Yamaha are good brands.

Online guitar lessons

Violin

Violins have 4 strings, which makes it easier to learn than a guitar. It’s portable and easy for children to manage. It doesn’t need any microphones or attachments.

Buying a Violin

Piano

This is good for children who want to learn how to read music. For details of buying a pianot visit http://pianobuyer.com/. It gives an idea of Models, prices and features.

Alternatively, you could buy a small electric keyboard and let them learn by themselves. Keyboards have pre-recorded music in them. You could buy a basic book and teach them the basics.

Online piano lessons

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Saxophone

It is best to start to learn from the age of 10. Although some kids are exceptional and could probably learn at a younger age. The Alto saxophone is advisable for beginners. Selmer Conn, Elkhart and Yamaha are good brands. Buying a second hand Saxophone is not really ideal as they are not cheap to service or repair.

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In summary, make sure that your child wants to study this instrument – Look for a good teacher who is fun and stimulating. Someone who can mentor your child to achieve good results. It is important that your child enjoys the learning process too.

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      Abinisha 2 years ago

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      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com....

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      Martin 4 years ago

      I love this hub but that girl , wow.. made me crazy. A good message. Check my blog at http://www.yourinstrument.com

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Tracey

      True. That's why parents should introduce learning when a child shows a flair for it. That will give them a passion to learn. Kids will learn at different stages. There is a 6 year old, I give extra Tuition to. He actually plays the flute and the violin. He is very smart - takes my breath away.

      Also, if a kid has a lovely, caring, sensitive and friendly teacher, he/she will definitely learn no matter how difficult people think it may be.

      If you have time check out You-tube and search videos of kids under 8 playing musical instruments. Difficult - but it can be done, if there is a passion for it. Thanks Tracey.

      Regards

      Elena

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      Tracey 5 years ago

      This article is true in the sense that children can and should begin learning how to play instruments at young ages, but these instruments are in no way "easy". They are very, very difficult, especially if you are differentiating between learning to play and learning to play well.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      @Themusiconomy Thanks so much for your comments and for the helpful tips and links.

      Best Wishes.

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      TheMusiconomy 7 years ago from New York City

      I appreciated reading that you said that children should occupy themselves with a musical instrument and perhaps less time on the computer. Though there is data suggesting that children who have a computer learn faster than those that do not, there is even stronger evidence that children who learn a musical instrument score higher in math, reading, and science compare to their non-musical peers.

      I would only add that all woodwind instruments, (including flute and sax), can start learning those instruments no earlier than age 9. The reason is because those instruments require more lung capacity/breathing to play them. I've also had piano students as young as 5 years old. With piano, children can start even earlier, though progress is very slow.

      For those interested, you can learn more about how to choose an instrument here: http://www.themusiconomy.com/1/post/2011/05/musica...

      For tips on how to choose the right music book can check this out: http://www.tonysmusicbooks.com/Parents-Guide-Delux...

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you Kims. :)

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      kims3003 8 years ago

      Terrific article. Very well done and very informative.

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      simplyoj 8 years ago

      I like guitar and piano. :-D

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      How to play violin 8 years ago

      It's important to give children an option to try different instruments. One of my children play the drums, the other started with violin and then went onto guitar.

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      Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      LOL, I wouldn't quite descibe my violin playing as ever having been "elegant", although I reckon I would enjoy it more now electric violins exist. Sadly my guitar playing days fizzled out, and I can barely remember any of what I learnt now. A shame really, but I don't think I am truly cut out to play an instrument.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      * Hi Fastfreta, its nice you introduced them and later in future if they decide to go back to it, it will all come back to them naturally i.e. the basics they learnt. Nice to hear from you. :)

      * Bingskee - she'll probably come back to it, when she gets bored or wants a change. You know how teens change their minds. Hope you are doing fine. :)

      * Andromida, I always pick a positive attitude vibe from you. I'm sure if you try again, you'll get the hang of it. You have to play it on You Tube, so I can hear the nice melody. :)

      * Lol Misty. I like the Tambourine as long as its not being used for more than half an hour - when my ears can't take it anymore. Well done on passing the Violin exam, I think its such an elegant instrument to play for ladies. Hope you will continue to play the guitar. Thanks for stopping. :)

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      Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      By the way, I did try the violin as a youngster, and actually passed my "grade 1" exam, but I have to say I am guessing I did drive my family mad with the noise I made practising. Some years later I bought a cheap electric guitar second hand, and have to confess to being far more successful at this, especially as I could either practice in our "outside lounge", (as by now we had moved house), or could use headphones, no doubt much to my parent's relief.

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      Zakat 8 years ago

      Elena, this is a good piece. I didn't know you know a lot about musical instrument.keep glowing

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      Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Then to go for the really really easy instruments, try the tambourine, the triangle and the maracas. :) :)

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      syras mamun 8 years ago

      Once I tried to introduce myself with the flute,but failed miserably.Yet I love to see kids playing Violin.

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      bingskee 8 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      daughter was at one point so interested with guitars and then lost it when she got busy becoming the president of the student council in high school. i do not know if that is the real reason though he he

      they like music but to be able to play musical instruments requires skill. and that is what they do not have maybe.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      I have five children, and when they were all young we introduced them to musical instruments, but none stayed with it. I don't think that we failed though, because at least they had the opportunity. Great informative hub.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Pete. That's true and keyboards are more fun for kids with the pre-recorded selection of music. Cheers. :)

      ** Wow, Deborrah. What a wonderful music talent that runs in your family. I play the piano - a little bit. Erm... I'll be expecting your Debut Xmas Song out this year. :)

      ** Hi Beth, that's so beautiful. They obviously enjoy it, as they have learnt more than one. :)

      ** True Philipo. "Catch them young". It also keeps them out of mischief. :)

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      Philipo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      Catch them young. Nice hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      beth811 8 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

      I'm happy and proud that my teenage son and daughter know how to play these instruments except saxophone.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Lady E,

      Excellent!

      This really is a wonderful idea! You have given some very good suggestions! You are so right it is important that they like the instrument of study!

      In raising my children music was always a very integral part of our lives. I taught Piano, So we all played Piano! The organ, drums, flute, saxophone, clarinet are some of the many other instruments they played as well. It really makes for a great alternative activity!

      Wonderul hub!

      It is always a pleasure.

      Blessings!

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      I think Yamaha is a bit expansive for a starter guitar. I would also start a child with a keyboard if you don't have a piano at home. You can get one for a hundred bucks or less.

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