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With timpani and trumpets: which instrument suits my child?

Learning to play a musical instrument is a great thing: making music not only opens up completely new worlds and can be very fulfilling, children also learn that they can achieve great success with a little perseverance and discipline. That motivates! In addition, making music also promotes things like coordination, memory and empathy.

If your child already knows for sure which instrument they would like to play, then the situation is very simple: their dream instrument is the right one. Because: If we learn something of our own accord, we are all the more motivated. Moving the child to an instrument they don't really like is counterproductive and could even spoil their enjoyment of the music under certain circumstances.

Which instrument is right for my child? Try it!

Of course, not every child knows right from the start which instrument "his" is. The saying "try is better than study" is a good tip here. There are many ways to test different instruments first before you decide on one (often expensive ) Decide to buy: for example in many schools, in Trial courses, with so-called "instrument carousels" or Open days at music schools or in music shops.

Your child's taste in music can also be a good basis for finding the right instrument. Does your offspring love rock music? Then maybe the guitar, bass or drums are right for him. For fans of classical music, for example, violin, piano, clarinet or flute are ideal. Anyone who would like to play in a wind orchestra is well advised to use instruments such as trumpet, saxophone or the flute. If the young musicians like to listen to pop music, guitar, bass or drums, as well as keyboard, are a suitable instrument, little jazzr can perhaps inspire a trumpet, flute or clarinet.

Of course, there are other factors that influence which instrument you and your child choose. To make this step easier, we present a few suitable instruments for children and their advantages and disadvantages below.

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Musical instruments for children: entry-level instruments


The recorder is a very classic first instrument. Important: There are two different fingering systems, the "German" and the "Baroque" fingering system, which differ in how the holes are drilled in the recorder. Before buying a flute, find out which system is used in the classroom.


  • The price: a recorder is already for relative little money good plastic versions (which can keep up with the wooden version in terms of sound quality) are available from around 10 euros, hybrids with a plastic head and wooden body from around 35 euros and wooden recorders from around 20 euros.
  • It is not very prone to damage.
  • Lessons: Recorder lessons are offered in groups in many places and are therefore often inexpensive.
  • Recorder is rather easy to learn, successes quickly audible. Sounds come out just by simply "blowing in", and the position of the fingers is rather easy to learn in contrast to other instruments.


  • "Cool" in the long term? The recorder is usually only called Entry-level instrument used.
  • The sound: for beginners it is Sounded a bit getting used to. But if you practice really hard, it can sound like this:


The melodica is a wind instrument, but the notes are selected using keys, similar to a keyboard.


  • Easy to learn: The simple sound generation is fun and brings a sense of achievement.
  • The price: Like many other instruments, the Melodica is also available in very different price segments, with a model for very small children starting at 25 euros, a classic Melodica for around 45 euros.


  • Actually does not speak against a melodica, Be careful only when buying commanded. If possible, make sure that it is a product made by an instrument manufacturer and not a simple plastic toy.

Here we go: musical instruments for children from around six years of age

Many musical instruments require a certain instinct and tact, as well as patience and concentration in the complex handling. Most of the time, the children also learn the appropriate grading systems in class. That is why many instruments are more suitable for children from about six years of age who are already physically and cognitively able to do so.

Vocabulary can also be learned diligently with the band in the scoyo elementary school world:


The ukulele is often mistakenly viewed as a children's guitar, but it is an instrument in its own right.


  • Handle: The Side length much shorter than that of a guitar - also that of a children's guitar - and I allow children to hold and grip it well.
  • Price: An entry-level model is not available for too much money; cheap ukuleles are available from around 26 euros.


  • The ukulele is not very easy to tune properly because the sides are arranged differently than on a guitar.


Of course, not all guitars are the same: In addition to various acoustic guitars, there are also various electric guitars. Children should first learn the basics of playing guitar on an acoustic guitar.


  • Suitable sizes: There are special children's guitars in sizes ½ and ¾. This means that even children with short fingers can easily grasp chords and pages.
  • Many songs can be played or accompanied with just three chords.
  • Once you have mastered the guitar basics, you can later learn other side instruments such as electric guitar or ukulele more easily.


  • A good guitar costs a little more money than a ukulele. A children's guitar is usually a little cheaper, but of course the child will soon grow out of it.


Strictly speaking, a drum kit is not a single instrument, but a combination of several percussion instruments. The structure is different, the three basic instruments are a snare drum, a large base drum and a hi-hat. In addition, there are usually one or more toms and one or more cymbals.


  • Great training for the brain: Playing the drums is real Brain jogging. The different parts of the body have to generate different rhythms on different instruments - and all of this at the same time and in time.


  • The price: a drum kit is pretty expensive, because of course you actually buy several instruments with various accessories. For an entry-level instrument, you usually have to spend well over 200 euros.
  • Space: A drum kit takes up a lot of space. Transport and assembly and dismantling are also relatively complex.
  • A drum kit is pretty according to. It is therefore unfortunately rather unsuitable for a rented apartment, unless it is particularly well insulated or you have a well insulated rehearsal room - or very tolerant neighbors.


If you don't have space for a drum kit, you can use a stripped-down version of a percussion instrument: the cajón. The box drum, which comes from Peru, has a wooden playing surface on which the tones are generated.


  • The price: Cajónes are available in a wide variety of designs and with various modifications, such as a snarling effect through additionally attached steel sides. Inexpensive, good models that you can assemble yourself are available from around 50 euros, finished cajons for children from around 70 euros.
  • Simply practical: The handling is relatively simple And time-consuming assembly and disassembly, tuning or accessories are not necessary here, the drummer is usually even sitting on the instrument itself.


  • Volume: Even the box drum can make a lot of noise and may annoy the neighbors. Here it helps to practice playing softly.


Learning Vilonine takes a lot of perseverance. Here you should be particularly sure whether your child really wants to play this instrument for a long time before you buy a violin.


  • What doesn't fit is made to fit: As with many other instruments, the violin is available in different sizesthat are tailored to the physical requirements of children.


  • Handling a violin is not that easy. It takes some practice until the notes are clear and the game sounds smooth. That can be frustrating.
  • The violin is not completely insensitive, especially moisture and temperature fluctuations cause problems for the wood.
  • Price: A violin is not a very cheap instrument, although prices and quality also vary greatly here. Many violins cost more than 300 euros, inexpensive alternatives are available from around 140 euros.


According to the Association of German Music Schools, the piano has long been the most popular instrument in terms of student numbers, followed by the guitar.


  • The advantage of this keyboard instrument: The tones do not have to be generated by themselves, for example by blowing, but simply sound by pressing the appropriate key. With practice the child achieves quick successes.


  • Price: Even more than with other instruments, the price has a negative impact on a piano. Even if it doesn't have to be a wing a real piano is only available from around 2000 euros. A "cheap" alternative to practicing would be a digital piano, which is already available for just under 300 euros.
  • A piano is only recommended if there is enough space.
  • The volume of a real piano should not be underestimated, especially in rented apartments, neighbors can quickly feel disturbed.

An inkling of howling and blowing: wind instruments

If you don't want to learn a wind instrument on your own, you can do so in groups at many schools in Germany: in a so-called "wind class". This is a special form of music teaching. Students can usually learn common brass and woodwind instruments such as flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium or tuba plus drums over at least two years. Lessons take place in the class, usually there are also group lessons for the various instruments. The instruments are usually provided by the school, and there is often a participation fee.



  • Particularly: the trumpet is a great solo instrument, but it also makes a special sound in orchestras and bands.
  • One for all: the trumpet is incredibly versatile, it is used in a wide variety of musical styles, for example in jazz as well as in classical pieces.


  • Every beginning is difficult: it is not easy to get a note out of the trumpet. Because it not only depends on the right technique, but also on the individual anatomy of the mouth, how well the trumpet can be played. A individual mouthpiece can help.
  • Difficult for younger children: To play the trumpet, the incisors should be as fully developed as possible. Overall, the trumpet is actually more for older children, as they have the physical prerequisites (for example, sufficient lung volume) for a successful trumpet and have the not-so-easy technique.
  • Relatively expensive: the trumpet is also a small investment in your child's musical future. Most trumpets cost from 300 euros upwards, but some cheaper models are available from around 130 euros.

And then it's: practice, practice, practice

Good to know: A general ban on making music by the landlord is ineffective, but there are no statutory rules as to how long you can practice. In many judgments, hobby musicians are allowed to practice between half an hour and three hours a day, depending on the dish and instrument, of course outside of rest periods.

Note: The linked instruments are to be seen as examples that we have filtered out in the course of our research as suitable instruments with regard to the price-performance ratio. For many instruments - especially if they are a little more expensive - it is highly recommended to have one to consult reputable music retailers for advice and to inspect and try out the instruments on site.