Every instrument has it’s own unique character and personality, just as every student does. Below are a few instruments that aren’t included in the larger categories. All of the instruments below have dedicated followers and if you or your child chooses to study one of them, before long you will find a community of like-minded players and enthusiasts.
Accordion (Age 7+)
You can play any style of music on the accordion, and it is a portable instrument that doesn’t take up too much space. The accordion, like piano and guitar, is an instrument that can play melody, harmony and bass all by itself.
Banjo (Age 8+)
Banjo is one of the staples of American folk music, and they are less expensive than guitars. If students are interested in Americana and folk music, this is a good choice.
Dulcimer (Age 7+)
Renewed interest in folk music has awakened the interest of hobbyists and musicians in dulcimers. The instrument is easier to play than more sophisticated instruments that require long hours of training and practice. Dulcimer-making kits are available from a number of suppliers.
Harpsichord (Age 7+)
Harpsichord is the forerunner to the piano, and the strings are plucked instead of struck by hammers. It has a lively jangly sound and students that enjoy Baroque music particularly would enjoy this instrument.
Harmonica (Age 4+)
The harmonica is easy to learn, fun to play, and easy to carry. This can be a fun instrument for young children to explore.
Harp (Age 7+)
Harp is a beautiful instrument both in sound and appearance. Drawbacks are that the instrument is large and hard to transport, but mastering this instrument is well worth the trouble.
Music Technology (Age 7+)
While not technically an instrument, many students enjoy learning the basics of creating and recording music using today’s easily accessible technology.