Choosing The Perfect Musical Instrument For Your Child: A Beginners Guide

Cheza Music

Oct 26, 2023 at 10:38 am


Introducing your child to the world of music is a rewarding endeavor. Music not only ignites creativity but also fosters cognitive development, boosts confidence, and offers a great way to express emotions. The journey starts with a crucial decision: selecting the right musical instrument for your child. In this beginner guide, we'll walk you through the process, offering practical tips and friendly advice..

Why Music Matters for Kids

Before we delve into the specifics of choosing an instrument, let's highlight the various benefits of music for children.

Learning to play an instrument nurtures creativity, enhances memory and cognitive abilities, sharpens problem-solving skills, unleashes creativity, boosts confidence, social skills, academic performance, cultural awareness, and cultivates self-expression.

Moreover, it's a lot of fun, making it a delightful way for your child to explore their interests.

Consider Your Child's Age

The first step in this musical journey is considering your child's age. Not all instruments are suitable for every age group. Here's a breakdown:

Piano/Keyboard: A versatile choice that can be introduced to children as young as 4 or 5. Keyboards come in various sizes to accommodate small hands.

Violin: Generally suitable for kids aged 4 and up, but smaller violins are available for younger children.

Guitar: Kids around 6 or 7 can start learning to play the guitar. They need to be big enough to hold it comfortably.

Drums: While drums are incredibly fun, they're typically better for kids aged 7 and older when they can follow basic rhythm patterns.

Voice: Singing is an instrument, too! It's perfect for children of any age.

Consider Your Child's Interests

Next, consider your child's interests. Pay attention to the music they enjoy listening to. If they are drawn to classical compositions, the piano or violin might be a good fit.

On the other hand, if they have a passion for rock or pop music, the guitar could be the perfect choice.

Encourage your child to pick an instrument that excites them; their enthusiasm is the key to success.

Practicality Matters

Practicality is another essential consideration. Think about your living space and how much room you can allocate for the instrument.

Pianos and drum sets can take up a significant amount of space, while violins and guitars are more space-friendly.

Take into account where your child will practice and store the instrument.

The Sound Check

Before making a final decision, it's a great idea to familiarize yourself with the sound of the instruments you're considering.

Visit a local music store or explore online videos to get a sense of the different sounds.

This hands-on experience will help you and your child make a more informed choice.

The Right Fit

Instruments come in various sizes to accommodate different age groups. It's essential to find one that fits your child comfortably.

If the instrument is too big or heavy, it can be discouraging for your young musician.

Consult with music instructors or visit a reputable music store to find the right-sized instrument.

Budget Considerations

When choosing an instrument, your budget is an important factor.

Instruments vary in price, and some can be quite expensive.

However, there's no need to break the bank on your child's first instrument.

Buying a cheaper version with the required features can be a good way to start.

You can always consider upgrading to a higher-quality instrument later when your child's interest is well-established.

Seek Professional Guidance

For an optimal learning experience, consider finding a music teacher or enrolling your child in music lessons.

A skilled instructor can introduce your child to the instrument and help them develop a deep appreciation for music.

Music teachers can offer valuable guidance on instrument selection and provide structured lessons to ensure your child's progress and enjoyment.

Cheza Music School

For free assistance in acquiring a musical instrument, call us on 0711 832933.

Cheza Music School is your solution for in-home music education in Nairobi.

Cheza is passionate about nurturing musical talent and helping our students achieve their musical dreams.

Our dedicated team of experienced instructors offers guitar, piano, voice, drums, and violin, all available as convenient home lessons.

We prepare our students for ABRSM exams, and provide opportunities for performances at our recitals.

We also offer holiday camps for children.

Furthermore, we provide in-home lessons to Westlands, Karen, Lavington, Runda, Kilimani, Lang'ata, Parklands, Gigiri, Kileleshwa, Hurlingham, Tatu City, Membley, Kiambu, and Ruiru, among other areas in Nairobi.

We value lesson planning, regular assessment and reporting, which we do using our teacher's and student portal."


Choosing the right instrument for your child is an exciting journey that can have a profound impact on their development and happiness.

Remember that it's all about making music enjoyable and accessible.

Your child's interest and comfort should always take precedence.

Embrace the musical adventure together, and let the harmonious melodies fill your home with happiness. Happy music-making!


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