Music is a wonderful gift to give your students, even if you are not musical
yourself. Music helps students to become well rounded and mastering musical
instruments and sheet music helps to develop higher cognitive functions.
Whether music becomes their passion or just a fun hobby and a good way
to meet other people, getting your student to take up a musical instrument
can really broaden their interests.
The first step in starting a music career is selecting an instrument that
you like best. Your student can contact the music department at their
school to try out different instruments to see which ones they like best.
They can also try instruments that their friends and family members own
to see which kinds of instruments suits them best.
Once you have narrowed down the field, contact your school’s music
department or your local music store to rent a musical instrument. Get
your student to play it for a while to make sure that they like it before
you make the financial investment of a new instrument.
Give it a try
You may be wondering how students can try out instruments when they don’t
know how to play. You can get their friends or family members to teach
them a couple of really easy songs with only a few chords to practice.
If there are no musical members of your family, then try Youtube.com –
there are tons of music videos for beginners where students can watch
step-by-step instructions on how to get started on their instrument. Online
videos can also be played over and over again so that your student can
learn at a pace that suits them.
Once your student has picked their instrument of choice, online videos
will help to teach them new songs and how to read music, but one-on-one
tutoring is the most effective way for them to learn. You can augment
their lessons with summer camps or day camps where they can meet other
students with the same interests. Students can join bands or orchestras
at school or with students from your area.
Playing a musical instrument will really help your student to grow and
develop and will be a great way for them to extend their social circles.
Depending on how passionate they are about music, it can add travel opportunities
and future career choices. Even if your student only enjoys music as a
hobby, it’s a great gift to pass on.