Which instrument to consider for a toddler?

Kristy Duncan said: Aug 2, 2011
 Violin
1 posts

Hi… I have a little boy who is 2 and 4 months old. I have been told several times now that he has musical talent. He is able to dance on beat and truly enjoys movement/dance. I do not play an instrument, so how do I decide which instrument would be best for him? Once we choose an instrument, should I contact a local teacher who specializes with that instrument? Is he too young to be concerned about starting the process? Should I wait another year?

Ruth Brons said: Aug 2, 2011
Ruth Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Livingston, NJ
148 posts

Even though I am so personaly pro-violin for kids, my advice is to check out what options you have for musical instruction, no matter what instrument, for pre-schoolers in your area.
Observe some lessons, classes, recitals or talk enough to the teachers and/or families who work with the teachers to get a feel for the quality of instruction and the fit for your family and child. When you have found the best fit of a teacher, then I bet you will have found your instrument too!

Betty Douglas said: Aug 2, 2011
 16 posts

Hello! I recommend taking your kids to outdoor concerts and children’s concerts. Sometimes they even have “petting zoos” where you can touch the instruments. Turn on your local classical station and have it on during the day- see if anything engages your child. Also, a great beginning would be ECE (Suzuki Early Childhood Education) or Kindermusik as a good foundation for whatever he does later. Finally, (as Ruth recommended) see what teachers are in your area and ask to observe. You might get a better idea of what engages your child after a few observations.
Good Luck.

Betty Douglas, flute teacher

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