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    Default Kids playing instruments

    My granny and cousin played clarinet so when it came time to choose a school instrument (gr5) I chose that. By gr9 I decided I wanted to play in the jazz band so I added tenor sax (conductor helped decide but basically he needed sax and I wanted "the bigger one like Lisa Simpson"). Gr11 he was going to teach us brass (I chose trumpet just cos it was "cool and different") but we never got around to it.
    My parents bought me a keyboard when I was 11 or 12 and I nicked my sisters guitar around the same age. Taught myself both from the internet.

    I was lucky in that I had a good social relationship with my conductor since 10 years of age so opportunities just kinda happened for me. I was very talented at music so the concept of adding more just felt right.
    I still consider clarinet my primary instrument, but as an adult I play nothing.

    Edited to add: in regards to emotional output, only guitar was appropriate for that, nothing else. The best thing for that was headphones in, volume turned right up. Music was a lifesaver for me, I would have been a danger to myself if I hadn't been able to utilise it as a mood regulator.
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    I would also love my son to play an instrument and I am hoping that they will introduce him to the different types at school.

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    DD takes violin private lessons at school since she was in yr 2. The woodwind/brass instruments generally start when they're just a little older. She also plays the keyboard at a basic level and is getting a drum kit for Xmas (just what I teach her). I think piano/keyboard is the most common for very young kids. At school they also get to try a wide variety of instruments in year 4 or 5 and pick one to stick with.

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    I'm a piano and flute teacher. HIGHLY recommend piano as a first instrument. It teaches kids both clefs (bass and treble) which is very easily transferred to other instruments further down the track. Kids who learn piano first will have a huge advantage when learning and picking up new instruments quickly.

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    I grew up playing music and went to a special music high school. It seems like the standard way is/was for kids to start with piano/keyboard (gives a strong foundation in practical and theory, is achievable from day dot etc) when they are young, and then when they demonstrate that they have discipline and can practise regularly then give them some choice for a second instrument.

    This is my plan, anyway :-)

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