Trying out new things is all part of being a kid. For many kids, learning how to play an instrument can be an exciting prospect. However, kids might not realize just what it takes to learn how to play an instrument. So to help ensure that your child is ready for all that learning an instrument is going to entail, here are three things to teach your kids about learning a new instrument.
They Won’t Be Making Recognizable Music For A While
When your kids don’t have any musical experience, they may not realize just how much work and time it takes to actually learn how to play an instrument. They might think that after just a short time, they should be able to play any kind of music they want. But unfortunately, this usually isn’t the case.
For most kids, it will be quite some time before they’re able to play recognizable music. Especially if they don’t have any kind of musical background, they’ll have to start with the basics before they can actually learn others’ songs or create some of their own. But with the expectation in place, your child shouldn’t be surprised when the learning process takes time.
They’ll Need To Practice Daily
Because learning an instrument does take a significant amount of time, the only way you can effectively put this time in is by practicing each and every day. But for many young kids, committing to this can be a real challenge.
Knowing this, it’s wise to speak to your child about the commitment it is to learn a new instrument before they get started. To help them keep this commitment, make sure you work together the schedule in time for practice each day. Seek to make this a habit and something that they can enjoy rather than another chore to just get done as quickly as possible.
Their Instrument Might Look A Little Different
When young kids are learning how to play an instrument, the actual instrument they will be learning on might look different than the ones they see adults play in their favorite genre of music. Especially for stringed instruments like guitars, your smaller children should get a smaller version to play on. By doing this, they’ll be able to use the instrument how it’s intended and will better be able to master the skill as opposed to what they might be able to accomplish trying to learn on a full-sized instrument. Then, as they learn and grow, they can size up to instruments that better fit them and their growing body and skill level.
If your child is wanting to learn how to play a new instrument, consider using the tips mentioned above to help them prepare for this type of education and experience.