Think back to when you first set out to learn an instrument. It might not be far off, or it might be a little while back – either way, there’s a chance that your parents or wider family had an influence on the musical choices you made, right?
A lot of us don’t realise it at the time, if ever. Looking back, how much impact do you think your family had? We’ll bet that it’s pretty significant when you think about it.
Your First Musical Instrument
First up, the instrument(s) you play. If you started at a young age, particularly at school, your parents may have had something to do with it.
Different schools offer different choices on the instrument lesson front. Some offer it as part of extra-curricular programmes, while some don’t do it at all. Then there’s private tuition, and there’s plenty of that to go around.
Common instruments range from contemporaries like guitar and drums to classical choices like clarinet, cello, and the most popular of them all – the piano. There’s a likelihood that, at the very least, you started on one of these. Is that still your instrument of choice?
As far as we’re concerned, any instrument is a good instrument. Stringed instruments, from guitar to violin, require a common dexterity and strength that’ll set you up for good. Drums and percussion speak the universal language of rhythm, invaluable regardless of instrument or style. Piano combines hand-eye co-ordination with music theory quite unlike any other instrument.
Whether your parents encourage you to start with electric guitar or the recorder, there’s a chance it may have helped fuel the musical fire within you, even if it’s no longer your instrument of choice.
If you’re anything like us, your parents’ musical collection – be it tape, CD, vinyl or digital – was the first stepping stone. And not just in terms of your playing – your personal taste too.
Some of the best guitarists, drummers, keyboard players in the world, regardless of their style, started with classical music thanks to their surroundings. The musical preferences of your parents, family and friends are bound to have an effect on your musical journey. If you’re raised on punk music, there’s a chance that’ll shine through in some way. It’s up to you to decide how…
Pursuing Your Passion
Your passion for your instrument isn’t always shared by those around you. This can have a negative effect on your experience and stifle your creativity. Many are fortunate enough to be encouraged by friends and family – if your parents are musicians themselves, it often helps!
Why Should Parents Encourage Their Kids to Learn Instruments?
I mean, we’re slightly biased, but hear us out. There have been countless studies on the benefits of learning a musical instrument – and the results are generally positively conclusive.
Not only are there social and emotional benefits; many have observed some academic benefits. Learning an instrument can literally improve your grades! Check out our blog: Why your child should learn to play an instrument.