The Value of Music: How to Choose an Instrument

November 1, 2021

By Julia M

The piano is a traditional starting instrument, especially since making a solid sound is less difficult than many other instruments. That way, it’s easier to learn about music and students can enjoy the music sooner. The piano can play a variety of genres of music, in part due to its generous range. There are also a considerable amount of resources, from online tutorials to music teaching resources to covers and performances. In my elementary school, over half of the kids in my class were piano players. I always felt like I fit in.

Violin is also a popular starting instrument. It’s very versatile. It’s small. It can be carried around easily. It’s found in many genres like western folk, classical, and jazz. The violin is also called the fiddle at times. You can play it in orchestra, in chamber music, or as a solo instrument. A musician can make a variety of sounds by using different techniques. There’s also potential to transfer to other string instruments like the cello. It’s a rewarding instrument, for sure. 

When choosing a woodwind or a brass instrument, consider your lip shape and size. This factor could influence the difficulty of making a good sound more. I am a flute player, and when I tried out many different instruments in school, I couldn’t make a sound on any of the brass instruments. I’m glad I had talked with my band teachers before finally committing.

Make sure to consider what type of music you would like to play. For example, the electric guitar would be a great choice for heavy metal, but maybe not be great for church music. 

Music is a form of expression and art, which I feel reflects a person’s personality. Each instrument has its unique characteristics. Some instruments, like piano or guitar, might be more suited for solo playing.

You might be thinking: why bother taking music anyways? It’s costly, time-consuming and takes a lot of effort, tears, blood and sweat. Well, music develops discipline, especially in children. Daily practice improves their ability to sit still and focus. Reading and playing music takes intense concentration for long periods. Music studying improves learning ability. Theory requires analytical skills, while band and other musical activities develop teamwork. Music is never a simple, easy commitment, so it develops perseverance and grit. It’s rewarding too – I always feel fulfilled when I finally finish a piece I’ve been struggling with. 

Even if a former musician quits, these qualities will stay with students for a lifetime, building the habits for success. 

Regardless of the instrument, learning music is a rewarding and fun pastime. I encourage everyone to try different instruments before committing. Remember to have fun!