The experience of owning and learning to play a musical instrument is a benefit that will last a lifetime for people of all ages. Children motivated that show enthusiasm for learning to play a musical instrument should be encouraged to own and practice the instrument of their choice. But when purchasing a musical instrument for a child, there are many factors that parents might want to consider before buying.
The best approach would be to talk with a source that is unbiased but is knowledgeable about buying musical instruments. Teachers, church musicians, or school band instructors are a wonderful start. They will not only be able to provide information on the buying experience but also the long-term use and maintenance of a variety of musical instruments.
Because parents have a tendency to be inexperienced in the price range of musical instruments, it’s a good idea to shop around. Finding sales or used instruments, local music retailers, websites, and mail order music companies all offer a range of pricing for new, used, or repaired instruments.
But beware, to the inexperienced eye the price may be right but not seeing or hearing the instrument in person can be risky. You want to make sure that the instrument has the look and sound that it is supposed to. Finding a place that will offer technical support, maintenance, accessories, warranties, and trade-in opportunities are important and the best way to go for quality and service of your musical instrument. Warranty information and maintenance should be priority when buying for a child. You would want to make sure that the establishment that you are buying from is willing to pay for repairs for a certain period of time without more cost. After all owning a musical instrument is a very personal thing and will be used by a very special person, your child.
There is nothing standard about buying a musical instrument for anyone, especially a child. Providing for and supporting a child’s interest in music, ambition, and talent will lead to future success in many areas of life. So have fun, the benefits are almost guaranteed to produce social/emotional as well as academic rewards. Since this is the case the establishment should ask questions that would allow you to make a good buying decision. Will he/she be playing in a group or alone? How long has the child been playing? Will he/she travel with the instrument? The answers to these questions will allow the salesperson to better assist you in buying a musical instrument that is a good fit for your child.
So, to ensure that you are making a sound confident buying decision and providing a musical instrument that will assist in producing a happy musically inclined child. Stay tuned in to some of the buying tips here and don’t forget to buy earplugs. Happy shopping.