Recommend an instrument for my 10 year old son

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  1. dianetavegia

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    A local Christian lady who graduates college in June is starting a Home School musical group which will include a marching band for my 10 year old. Nick is interested in a Trumpet. I've asked on FreeCycle and at church if anyone has a student trumpet to donate or other instruments for the other students.

    Nick believes he'd love to play trumpet. Hubby plays Clarinet and Piano. I play a little piano. My two grown boys play the drum and our grown daughter plays the violin.

    Any ups or down sides to the trumpet at this age? Suggestions?
     
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    I would suggest waiting and talking to the band teacher, and have her test him out on different instruments to see which one he will do best on. The best instrument for your son will be one that he can immediately get a somewhat characteristic sound on with minimal instruction. There are different physical features that make different kids better suited for different instruments. I would not promise the trumpet right away until you find out if this is going to be a successful match for him. In my experience, the instruments that kids end up liking are the ones that they can be successful on, and not necessarily the one they think they want to do at first. There are kids I have seen where we try them out on instruments, the parents listen to what the kids think they want over what the band directors tell them is best, and the kid ends up getting easily discouraged and quitting after only one year. Keep an open mind and go see the band director. This comes from 8 years of experience as a band director on my part.

    Try getting a used instrument from a reputable music store (possibly suggested to you by the teacher).

    If I can help you out more, then let me know. First things first, though. Call the band director and see if she is going to have a sign-up meeting where she tries kids out on different instruments. If not, see if you can schedule an appointment with her to do this. Also, keep in mind that the band director may have a certain instrumentation needed to keep a balanced band sound. Think of it this way. In football, you can't have 10 QB's and one running back. By that same token, you can't have 40 trumpets, 1 trombone, 1 tuba, 1 flute...I think you get the picture, because the band will never sound good as a group. I hope this helps.

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    [ April 10, 2005, 07:02 PM: Message edited by: SaggyWoman ]
     
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    A marching band for 10 year olds? Are you sure? No offense, I mean it might work, but usually, we start beginners out in a class where we simply focus on teaching them how to read music and play their instruments. we don't mess with marching until 8th grade at the earliest.

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    I wasn't clear Joseph. Here's the info:

    Children ages 9 and up (4th grade until graduation) will participate in band programs just like their peers in public schools! There will be beginning, intermediate, and advanced band programs. This includes both marching band in the fall and concert band in the spring. ALL children will learn not only how to play music, but also about music theory, performance techniques, history, and composition.

    The band teacher won't have instruments. As a fresh out of college teacher, she has no instruments of her own to offer. A used music store will loan her some for the kids to 'try' tho.
     
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    Yes. Do this. Wait for the rental program and have her try him out on different instruments and see which one is best for him.

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    I've also asked on Freecycle and through our church if people have unused instruments to donate. That would give us a chance to 'play around' with them first.

    I love a saxaphone but hubby thinks that's pretty big for a 10 year old.
     
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    i play the trumpet and i love it
     
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    I am not sure what freecycle is. Wherever you get the instrument, I would definitely see about having the band director check it out and make sure it will be an acceptable instrument. This will save some heartache later on if she knows her instruments. I would highly recommend not playing around with instruments until Nick tries out instruments with the band director for two reasons:

    1. Bad habits can be hard to break and retrain.
    2. If the band director decides it would be best to go a different direction than the instrument he has already fallen in love with, there is going to be conflict.

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    Trumpets take a lot out of your lungs and jaws. If he's really interested though, make sure he gets checked for TMJ to be safe. Other than that, it's a rather classy instrument and very much needed in orchestras.

    -David
     
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    I started playing the trumpet when I was in 6th grade, and it is pretty cool... common misperception is that it is really loud (of course it can be, but it can be pretty quiet too). It wasn't too hard to learn either (but maybe that's because I could already read music).
     

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