HOW TO CHOOSE AN INSTRUMENT
It is important to disregard common misconceptions when choosing an instrument.
One instrument is not more difficult or easier than another to learn. All instruments will have technical challenges presented to the player sooner or later. Choose the instrument that “speaks” to you. There are numerous studies showing that learning any musical instrument will encourage positive cognitive development. Early music instruction promotes development in ALL areas of the brain for the youngest of children as they grow. Another study supports the idea that as we age, playing an instrument helps keep our neuro pathways active and gives us a healthy past time to enjoy.
An Instrument has no gender. Boys can play flute, girls can play trumpet if they want! No matter which instrument is chosen, “motivation” is the key to success. Exposure to all kinds of music, especially experiencing live performances, will have the most influence on which instrument to play. No matter which instrument is chosen to begin with, many students will end up playing a different one. Trying a different instrument can spark a students interest and keep the experience a positive one.