Does my child have to have an instrument during lessons?

Yes. Music is as much a physical skill as a mental one.

Consider:  Not sure what instrument your child should play? Click here for some tips on picking out your first instrument.

Benefits of having an instrument during lessons

Learning to write would be incredibly difficult without a pencil or pen. Learning an instrument works in much the same way. Students need to have their instrument during lessons so they can learn:

  • How to tune their instrument.
  • Effective playing technique that can be seen and addressed by their teacher.
  • Correct posture while playing the instrument in order to avoid learning bad habits or developing muscle aches.  

Developing a musical relationship

Children who have their own instruments build a sense of responsibility and pride in playing and maintaining their instrument. They are also much more likely to stay motivated to take lessons and develop their skills. Remember, students need to spend time practicing when the teacher is not there. This can only happen with your own instrument.

Helpful Tip:  Many instruments are made with beginning students in mind. Click here for more information.