Who wasn’t forced, as a child, to endlessly practice the piano or the recorder? And who didn’t, at times, hate the fact that they had to keep it going at all times even though they begged to quit. But now you’re a parent, and suddenly you start thinking maybe your child should be playing the cello, or the saxophone, or whatever instrument you or they have an eye on. Is it worth the expense? Will musical education help them in later life? And is there really a point in forcing them to carry on with it when they’ve decided they don’t want to anymore?
There is merit in the idea that a musical education will come in handy for your child in the long run. If they do decide that music is where their future lies, they will be able to use what musical education you get them to take during their formative years to build their career on, and that is invaluable. It is, after all, known that children should start early in order to reach true greatness in terms of musical accomplishments, and you may find that even the most gifted, musical child sometimes balks at the idea of having to practice yet again.
That said, if practicing their musical instrument makes them truly unhappy they will not gain any pleasure from playing it and you may find it better to allow them to quit. Obviously, you won’t be able to tell in advance whether or not they will enjoy the lessons and practice, and you may want to be sure your child is going to keep on playing the instrument before you pay hundreds of pounds to buy them their own.
A good way to test the waters before you buy your child their own instrument is by renting an instrument from a local music service. Your child’s school may be able to help put you in touch with a service near your home where you can rent an instrument for a reasonable price. You can expect to pay anywhere from around fifty pounds per year for an instrument. You will, however, want to take out insurance on this instrument as you’re responsible for the full cost should something happen to it. Websites such as musicguard.co.uk can help you there for less than thirty pounds per year, which breaks down to under three pounds per month.
In this manner, you can make sure your child enjoys their instrument of choice before you make a costly purchase that may end up only gathering dust in a corner of your home. Good luck, and enjoy your child’s musical development!