Among the first courses that are offered to new parents for their baby are those of musical prophylactics. Getting immediately close to rhythm and harmony is certainly positive: there are children who do it spontaneously; if the parents realize that their little one has an interest in the subject, it is good to indulge them.
1. Have them attend a preparatory course
It can be started from when the children are very young, around two or three years old. There are many paths available to parents, among the most famous are: the Suzuki method, which is based on learning by imitation; Yamaha, which educates children in the immediate recognition of sounds and words through listening; and the Gordon method, which is based on the natural learning of music.
2. Rely on the judgment of teachers
The important thing is to avoid putting pressure or placing excessive expectations on the child. “Let them have fun and experience music. It will then be the teachers themselves who will realize what are the interests, the musical and physical qualities of the child, directing him towards one instrument rather than another.
3. Indulge your child's inclination
Certainly, an important aspect to consider when choosing an instrument is the child's interest: «Some people start clapping their hands on a pot, or practice with a keyboard they find at home. The advice is to offer them listening tests and the opportunity to test different instruments in order to see which one they prefer »advises the director of the Milan Conservatory.
4. Consider his physical characteristics
Once the physical characteristics of the musician greatly affected the choice of the instrument to play: the cello and oboe could only be played by those with large hands, just as only people who had strong lips were advised to play wind instruments.
Today we are a little more flexible: for example, there are great pianists with small hands. However, certain physical characteristics can facilitate the use of one tool rather than another. The will and the commitment of the child are however the main elements for his success
5. Assess the child's predisposition
Talent is not everything in music: «To learn to play an instrument it is necessary to study with commitment, discipline and constancy. This is why I observe that the children who attend the conservatory are more mature and responsible ». So try to understand if your child is predisposed to study and discipline, or just wants to play. Depending on your attitude, you can choose instruments that are more or less simple to play.
Today all children want to start with the Digital piano. “This is because it is the best known tool, which is generally proposed by parents. Then, like the guitar, it is an immediate instrument: a sound is obtained by simply pressing a key. In fact, it is very difficult to play and many do. So there is a lot of competition and the professional outlets are fewer when compared to those of those who play less known instruments.
Compared to the piano it is a more complex instrument to play at the beginning, because it is less immediate. To obtain a sound, in fact, it is necessary to study and learn the correct setting of the hands: this is why it is essential to be immediately supported by a teacher in order to avoid mistakes that are difficult to correct ». Being small, the violin can be played anywhere, a feature that can be very important for those who are bored of being in the same place “and then it produces wonderful sounds, which enchant anyone who is listening”.
Although it seems very easy to play the guitar. Knowing how to do it well implies intense study. It is less fashionable than in the past, but it remains a much loved instrument because it can also be used to play contemporary music in groups ».
It is the wind instrument that is first offered to children at school. They can be used from a very young age and can be played anywhere. “It increase the chances of mouth movement with positive effects for children who have breathing problems or speech difficulties