We had bought our son a guitar a few years ago after he had mentioned he wanted to learn how to play it, but that desire was short lived. Maybe we rushed it. Or maybe we didn't ask the right questions to determine if it was really the right instrument for him.
As a former music teacher of special needs children and mom of several who also wanted to learn the instrument, I would like to share some observations learned along the way. Yeah, it feels like one is spending lots of money on instruments that kids want to try out for different reasons like to look cool or their friends are doing it. But regardless of the reasons I afforded them the chance to try because I discovered that music helps with learning. It engages and challenges the mind in ways we have yet to discover, as well as improving academic performance and focus. Even just a little bit of exposure helps.
As for those who are trying to find their ways, either music shops or schools do rentals. I got to the point of letting the kids take lessons at school while renting out the equipment. If they seem to stay with it longer than one term then I would proceed with getting them their own instruments along with the works! But I found even for myself that self-discovery was a cool adventure that I took with me onto many other journeys thru life!
Thank you for sharing your story. Blessings!
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