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Parents Faced with Dilemma over Which Musical Instrument their Child Should Learn

The new school year brings with it a host of choices for pupils and parents alike, whether it is new subjects, sports or which musical instrument their child should take up.


The new school year brings with it a host of choices for pupils and parents alike, whether it is new subjects, sports or which musical instrument their child should take up. Music is introduced to children at an early age within schools, usually starting with the recorder or simple percussion instruments. Those who take well to music often go on to learn a musical instrument, but which instrument is most appropriate when there are so many to choose from?

The benefits of music to a child’s development have been featured in many studies. Schools aim to provide pupils with the opportunity to have a go at many different activities in order to establish where their strengths lie. To start with, children will experience music in the setting of fun and informal group music lessons where they will have use of percussion packs and recorders.

Ruth Williams of the Djembe Drum Shop adds “It’s a great idea to expose children to music from an early age. From the point of view of a child’s development, music is proven to increase concentration levels and attention span. Playing a musical instrument and getting involved in music groups also boosts confidence and enables children to communicate more effectively.”

For parents, there are some general points to take into consideration when seeking the right musical instrument for their child. The size of the instrument is important and how easy it is to handle. The recorder, some string instruments and some percussion instruments such as the djembe drum, are available in smaller sizes which are ideal for children. Woodwind and brass instruments will be unsuitable until the child has developed enough strength to blow. They should also only play such instruments when they have got their second set of teeth.

Cost is another factor to take into account, not only when looking for children’s musical instruments but also the cost relating to tuition. Some schools may have instruments which can be hired but choice and availability may be limited. Before forking out on a new instrument, parents may wish to confirm what sort of music their child is interested in, whether it be classical, rock, jazz etc... Through attending local events, they can experience music first hand. The opportunities which may arise from playing a certain instrument should also be considered. There are also the practical aspects, such as the logistics of carting around a large instrument or the noise generated when practicing and whether the neighbours will mind!

It is important to provide children with opportunities to develop and discover their strengths through a range of activities and experiences. Whilst schools are able to provide the essentials, responsibility also falls on parents. Most importantly, music should be fun for the children, if they enjoy something then they will excel at it.

About Djembe Drum Shop
Since 2009, the Djembe Drum Shop has been retailing a range of traditional ethnic percussion instruments from their website at If you are thinking of buying a djembe drum you will find a good selection of drums in varying sizes and styles as well as djembe bags and straps. All their musical instruments are hand-crafted by master craftsmen and imported under established Fair Trade conditions.


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