Choosing the Right Instrument for your Child

Has your child shown an interest in music, or specifically asked to learn how to play an instrument? Learning an instrument is a great way for them to learn persistence and the value of hard work; it can also strengthen their self-esteem tremendously. But with so many to choose from, how do you know which is best?

We’ve put together a few things to consider about 3 of the more common instruments to help you make your decision:


  • Children can begin lessons around 4 or 5 years of age.
  • One of the most expensive instruments, so if you cannot afford to get one, they may only get to play when they attend lessons.
  • Requires a bigger learning curve than learning the guitar as you are required to know how to read music before getting started.
  • Kids will need to master the basics before they really get to enjoy playing around.
  • Leaning the piano is a great way to learn patience and discipline.


  • Children can begin learning to play the guitar properly around 7 years of age.
  • Guitars are light weight and portable making it easy to bring wherever they go, if they choose.
  • Guitars are much less expensive than pianos, and are available in beginner’s models as well.
  • Guitars help children build coordination skills, helps them learn to focus, and strengthens their fingers.
  • The basic chords is quite easy for young ones to master which can help build confidence and self-esteem.


  • Children can begin learning to play the drums around 7 years old, ideally.
  • Drums are a great way for children to learn rhythm and beats, to develop stronger hand-eye coordination, and is a tool to help them get their energy out in a safe, productive way.
  • Drums can be quite noisy, but mute-pads are available to assist with this.
  • A few thousand rand will get you a full beginners set of drums including everything they will need to succeed.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find an instrument close to home.

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