Top Five Band Instruments for Beginners

According to a Gallup survey conducted in 2003, 95 percent of Americans believe that music is a key component in a child's well-rounded education. The problem is that most parents have very little idea about how to play a musical instrument themselves. So, when their son or daughter expresses an interest in joining the school band, they feel ill-equipped to provide any advice.

If this is you, what do you do? You research, of course! You look around to see what other people have to say. And that’s what this blog is all about.

Top Five Best Band Instruments for Beginners

1. Flute

We’ve already covered why the flute is such a good instrument for learners in another post. But in short, it’s easy to learn, easy to make a good sound with, lightweight, easily transportable, and gentle in tone. The latter point being essential if you live in an apartment block or have near-neighbours. The same principles apply to the clarinet.

2. Violin

The violin has a bit of a reputation for being difficult to master. And of course, reaching pro-level does require a lot of hard work, dedication and practice. But when you’re first starting out, it’s actually pretty easy to create a good sound on a violin. And that is what’s needed if you’re going to encourage a new starter to really learn to play.

The violin is also an instrument in high demand in music groups. So, if your son or daughter develops a passion for the instrument, they’ll not have any difficulty finding an ensemble to play with.

3. Trumpet

Brass instruments can be difficult for beginners. Especially for children, as many are quite cumbersome and awkward to carry about. But the trumpet is compact, light, simple to maintain, and easier to create a desirable sound with. It’s also a great entry-level instrument for anyone interested in progressing on to other brass instruments that require greater patience and skill.

4. Saxophone

If ever an instrument made playing music cool, it has to be the saxophone. It looks incredible, and kids just love the chill Jazz vibe that oozes from the sax’s every surface. But more importantly than that, the saxophone is relatively simple to master. The fingering technique is easily picked up and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to produce a good sound.

5. Snare drum

Drums are fun. It doesn’t matter how you look at it, drums are really fun instruments to play. Mastering the basic technique is uncomplicated – even if it does take a lot of practice to become proficient. And drums are fantastic for developing coordination, reducing frustration, and even getting a bit of exercise while you play. And snare drums don’t even take up that much space… At least not when compared with a full drum kit. The only real drawback to the snare drum is the noise. But if you have a garage or a basement, that shouldn’t be a problem.

So, there you go. If you’re considering renting a band instrument for your child, these would be our top recommendations. But remember: if you pick the wrong one, it’s not the end of the world. With Rent From Home, you can simply exchange your band instrument for another, and see how your kid gets along with that.

So, are you ready to start renting? Head on over to our educator-approved instrument rental pages.