Music lessons have tremendous benefits on your or your child’s social, developmental and personal well-being. If you’ve decided to take the plunge and begin your musical journey, you’ll need to decide which instrument to learn.
Some beginner musicians gravitate toward an instrument, others don’t. Here’s a few things to consider when deciding which instrument is right for you.
Parents are often eager to get their child into music lessons as early as possible, which is fantastic. However some instruments are less suited to young kids than others. Piano or string instruments are great choices – kids as young as 3 or 4 can play a tune. Singing lessons on the other hand are best left until your child is more mature. Similarly, woodwinds are recommended for children who have a full set of adult teeth.
If you are looking for adult music lessons, any musical instrument is suitable.
The piano is a beautiful instrument with a diverse repertoire. The piano is often chosen as a first-time instrument because players can find success relatively quickly, whether they are in preschool or retired.
One thing to consider is the cost of a piano. Acoustic pianos are expensive and cumbersome to move. Cheaper, more portable digital pianos and keyboards are a great option for those starting out.
Guitar lessons are also a popular choice. The guitar is perfect for those who enjoy playing music socially, or want to learn their favourite songs. Beginner guitars are not expensive, and very portable.
If you are concerned that guitar lessons will not teach you or your child how to read sheet music, don’t worry. At the Liverpool Academy of Music we believe all students will progress faster and be able to play a wider repertoire if they can sight read, so we take them through a structured program which makes learning to sight read quite easy.
String Instrument Lessons
String instruments, such as the violin, cello, and viola, are played socially, in orchestras and smaller ensembles. String instruments are more diverse than you may think, with plenty of opportunity to play both classical and contemporary music.
The same can be said for woodwind instruments, such as the clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet. Woodwinds are perfect for those interested in jazz and blues music, as well as classical. As mentioned above, woodwinds are not suitable for very young children.
Ready to Learn?
Attending music lessons is the beginning of a lifelong journey with music and where all professional musicians start. When you have decided which instrument is right for you or your child, or if you want help choosing the right instrument, get in contact. Phone us 02 9602 9774, or fill out the form here to the right. We do have some instruments at the academy so you can try a few out to see what you really like.