Music teaches kids lots of skills. Learning to play music requires commitment and discipline and if you splash out on an instrument, you need to know your child is going to put time and effort into practicing their skills. Children can learn rhythm, beat, pattern recognition and even math from music. Musical instruments for kids can also help to cultivate social skills while collaborating to make music together.
Parents rarely have to be convinced of the merits of teaching their children the alphabet or how to count, but adding music to their daily schedule can often be a stretch. But here’s the thing: there are SO many benefits to encouraging your child to learn to play music. But with so many musical instruments for kids how do you make the right pick?
To help you choose the right starter kit for your child, here is my list of the top musical instruments for kids.
Musical Instruments for Kids
The Fun Fiddle Violin is an easy-to-use electronic violin that plays seven beautiful classical pieces by Bach, Paganini and Mozart. This cool junior violin will instill a love of music in your child and teach them the basics of bowing and musical notes. They can also create original melodies by pressing the buttons and using one of three activity modes.
The Schylling kids accordion looks and sounds just like the real thing. It’s a finely crafted wooden musical toy that’s easy to play, but full instructions are included. This accordion has seven keys, a buckle and strap for the bellows, an air valve, harmonic and bass. Kids will be able to play simple tunes, which will stand them in good stead if they decide to take up accordion playing later in life.
The Hohner 6 piece rhythm instrument set is a complete rhythm band in a box. When your child opens up the box, they will find a tambourine, triangle with striker, rhythm sticks, cymbals, a wood sounder, and a nylon wrist bell. Also included in the set are age-appropriate sing and play activity cards for kids to try out their musical skills. It’s a great set for making music at home!
Children aged 3 years and above will have lots of fun learning to make music with this Click n’ Play set of two wind instruments, which features a toy saxophone and trumpet. Each instrument produces realistic musical notes and the keys are color coded, so kids can learn to play the songs printed on the box. The set is an ideal introduction to learning how to play musical instruments.
This cute eight piece drum kit is perfect for toddlers and younger kids. It comes with silly centipede drumsticks, busy bee maracas, a clacker, jingle bell ants, a caterpillar tambourine, and shaka-shaka eggs. The drum has a carry handle to make it easy for small hands to walk around marching to their own musical rhythm.
The VTech KidiBeats drum set is the perfect sensory development toy for younger children. There are three drum pads and a cymbal, each with a distinctive sound, plus two drum sticks. Toddlers aged 2-5 years can play using a letters, numbers or follow-along system. Or they can just have fun with a ‘free play’ session.
Glockenspiel xylophones are a classic musical instruments for kids and even very young kids will love to have a go at making music on one of these wonderfully simple toys. This xylophone comes with two wooden mallets and a color coded songbook, so your child will be able to start playing simple tunes immediately.
The Hape Early Melodies ukulele is a nice, sturdy ukulele for young children. This is the perfect tool to teach kids all about basic rhythm and strumming. The instrument can be tuned very easily, so you don’t have to listen to hideous out-of-tune music. Buy your budding Beethoven a ukulele and she can have fun developing her natural musical talent.
If your child wants to become a rock guitarist, the Little Tikes PopTunes guitar should get them on the road to success from an early age. This fun musical toy is made from translucent grey plastic and features red and blue LED lights. Kids can play pre-sent tunes or practice their rock ‘n roll riffs on the strings. There is even a special effects ‘whammy bar’!
The Plan Toy solid wood drum is a simple toy, but one that is bound to become a firm favorite in any musical household. Give your child this toy as a gift and let them learn all about rhythm through play. The drum is kid-friendly enough for toddlers and pre-school children and when struck with the rubber-tipped drumstick, it emits a pleasant melodic sound.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive musical stocking filler or party favor, look no further. These cute plastic harmonicas are available in assorted different colors and come with a protective plastic sheath. They are a fantastic first musical instrument for younger kids and despite the cheap price tag, the scale is accurate and they are a great learning tool for musically minded children.
We have tried to include the best musical instruments for kids, from wannabe rock stars to classical musicians, but if you have any great recommendations, let us know your tips in the comments below.
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