There is no doubt learning to play a musical instrument is a really positive thing in ones life.
Almost everyone you ask says that they would like to learn to play a musical instrument, unfortunately if they have reached their mid 20s the chances of them actually becoming a musician are quite slim. This is exactly why you ideally want your child to get into music at an early age.
Musicians understand on a deeper level how important learning to play music actually is. I will challenge anyone to find me a practicing musician who doesn’t want their children to learn to play an instrument.
It doesn’t happen because music is such a powerful force for change and growth in our lives, this is why almost all adult musicians will send their children to a school that teaches music over one that does not.
The question on many parents lips is when should they actually introduce a musical instrument to their child?
Sometimes circumstance makes it impossible to get your child into a good learning program for music. You may not have a school that teaches music in your area, or you may want your child to receive a well rounded education and not focus on just music; or school fees could simply be a problem.
If you are having difficulty getting your child into a music program you might want to consider the alternative, purchasing them a musical instrument and letting them figure it out themselves.
This is actually a great way to learn an instrument, especially the guitar because there is such a huge amount of information and lessons available online. A kid with a guitar, an internet connection and some passion could easily become the next Jimi Hendrix if they put their mind to it.
As a parent it is your job to find the perfect balance where you can motivate your child without putting them off of playing their instrument all together.
A child’s mind is a delicate thing, one push in the wrong direction and the child could decide to change absolutely everything, they could love guitar one day and hate it the next if you say the wrong thing or try to motivate in the wrong way.
If you have predisposed plans for your child’s musical journey you better give up on them now. The child needs to find there own way and if you are seriously interested in getting your child into music then you better to be into music yourself.
A child will start picking up on music at a very young age and they will also start to pick up on your general attitude towards music which will have a huge effect on them.
Having an open mind about how and what your child learns is the best way to go about it. You need to allow the child to just play around with an instrument without putting any rules or requirements on them.
If you know someone with any instruments ask them if they mind letting your child just play around with some of them. When they play for the first time it will likely be absolute noise but that is OK, you need to accept this noise as part of the learning process. Leave them alone with the instrument and let them play around a bit with absolutely no judgement.
Try and find opportunities where ever you go to let your child play with a musical instrument, and eventually let them choose their own instrument for you to buy them. It is a good idea to make this choice feel very important because it is. Allowing a child to own their first musical instrument is like when a Padowan Jedi constructs their first lightsaber.
The instrument will be a part of them for the rest of their lives.