How to Choose a Musical Instrument & Keep the Music Playing

Letting your child make the final decision is important

Letting your child make the final decision is important

A common question many parents have is; How do I help my child choose their first instrument?

Choosing the first instrument can be both an exciting and a scary time. You may have no idea what you’re doing but at the same time you are opening up the world of music for your child.

At this point in their life your child probably doesn’t know what instrument they want to play either, I know I didn’t! I tried a bunch of different instruments before I found the right one, and now that I have, I play my trumpet all the time.

I am Hannah Kerchner, founder of Hannah’s Musical Hope and I’m going to help you on your way to find the perfect instrument.

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The best way to find the right fit is to talk to a school band director or visit a local music store. Once you find and expert who can help, allow your child to try a variety of instruments.

Not everyone can play every type of instrument. There are people that can’t make the smallest sound out of a trumpet, but can play a saxophone, and vice versa. The shape of the mouth, finger size, and genetics all play a role. Knowing what instruments others in the family have played successfully may tip you in the right direction. Trying all of the instruments is also an exciting way for children to ignite their passion and get excited about starting something new.

Once your child figures out which instruments they can play, listen to their preferences, and when it comes time to make a decision let your child choose what they play.

Parental permission form

Parental permission form


It can be hard to allow your child to play an instrument you dislike, but if you force a child to play an instrument they dislike they will be more likely to quit.

Whatever they choose don’t let the cost scare you away. The fact is that instruments are expensive. However, you have to remember there are options. There are programs that can help you purchase the instrument with monthly payments, ways to rent and instrument and if need be, to have an instrument donated to your child.

Thanks Mom & Dad!

Thanks Mom & Dad!


Choosing the first instrument is a big deal and can determine a lot for your child’s future. If you have any questions about choosing the right instrument, finding a music store, what to ask the band director, or anything else please feel free to leave a comment below. If you have any advice you’d like to give or if you want to share how you found your first instrument comment below, we would love to hear from you!

Happy playing!

– Hannah

“You are the music while the music lasts!” -T.S. Eliot.