How do I know what level of instrument to buy?

For some instruments, one size fits all. But others are made to fit various stages of a person’s physical and playing development.

String Instruments.

Most string instruments need to be purchased based on the size of the student. Having the right size instrument will promote proper posture and playing technique. As your child grows, you will need to swap out their instrument for larger sizes to continue correct form.

  • Violin and Viola: based on the length of the arm.
  • Cello and Upright bass: based on the student’s height.
  • Guitar: based on the size of the child. Guitars strings can also be adjusted to make their playability more compatible with smaller hands.

Woodwinds & Brass.

Theses instruments change size based on the sound produced. Larger woodwind or brass instruments tend to have deeper timbres, while their smaller counterparts are higher pitched. However, these musical families can pose slightly more challenges than the string family.

  • Children will need to have the finger width to properly cover the holes on the instrument. 
  • They will need to have their front teeth to hold the instrument in place.
  • And stamina to sustain the large amount of breath support needed to make the instrument sound. 

Pianos & Keyboards.

Piano or keyboards come in many varieties like grand, upright, acoustic, and electric. Choosing the right piano usually depends on the space in your home, your budget, and portability. For more advanced study, having a keyboard with weighted keys and access to a pedal is a must. 

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