Which Are The Best Musical Instruments for Kids?

A child's hands playing a children's piano
Pianos are a great first instrument

Playing an instrument is not only fun for your child, but beneficial for their development. According to Dr Nina Kraus, a professor of communication sciences, playing an instrument can have positive effects for your child such as improved listening skills in the classroom, better social skills, confidence and patience. These benefits are even thought to last after your child stops playing an instrument. 

Children are often very excited to pick up an instrument and begin learning. However, it is important that your children learn to play the best instrument for them, so that they keep playing for years to come. In this guide, we’ll explore the best instruments for kids to learn and how you can make sure you help your child learn an instrument that they’ll love to play.

Types of musical instruments for kids

Learning to play an instrument is a fun and fulfilling hobby for children and there are lots of instruments available that are suitable for your child. 

The most popular instruments for children to learn are:

  • Piano or keyboard
  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Cajon or hand drums
  • Violin
  • Flute
  • Recorders

Let’s look at these instruments in more detail.

Piano and Keyboard

Pianos and keyboards are a perfect instrument for kids at any stage of their musical journey,  whether they are just starting out or ready to get more advanced. Playing the piano or keyboard is especially suited to children with long fingers and larger hands, as they can reach the keys with greater ease. Mini keyboards are great entry-level instruments for younger children, as they offer mini-sized keys as well as recorded soundtracks and rhythms for your child to play along to. Keyboards are often a cheaper alternative to pianos, so can be a good choice when your child is just starting out. We offer a range of keyboards from small keyboards to full-size keyboards depending on the age of your child. 


Children often aspire to play whichever instrument their favourite musicians play, so guitars are regularly at the top of children’s musical instruments lists. There are many variations to a guitar, including electric guitars or acoustic guitars, making progression between the instruments exciting for kids. Guitars are a particularly good musical instrument for children because they vary in size. For example, the Ukulele is great for smaller children and can still be played for years to come no matter how much they grow.


Parents often shy away drum kits through fear of the noise, but they can be beneficial for your child in many ways. Drums are one of the best instruments for children who suffer from stress or aggression as they act as a stress reliever. Relieving stress increases alertness and aids performance. Plus electric drum kits let drummers practise whilst wearing headphones, so noise doesn’t even have to be a problem.

Cajon or hand drums

Hand drums and Cajon drums are one of the best instruments for children, especially those who are small. Cajon drums can be played with bare hands, making them a simple instrument for children. Additionally, due to their size and lightweight, they are easy to maintain and transport.


The violin is a fabulous choice for children as young as four due to its petite size and lightweight nature. Like most children’s musical instruments, playing the violin is desirable for mental and physical development. We supply violins in a range of sizes whether you are looking for a small violin or a full-sized violin.


The flute definitely earns its place on our best instruments for kids list. It’s an exciting instrument for kids to learn, as simple tunes are easy to pick up and play well, so children can get a sense of achievement quickly.

A man sat down playing an acoustic guitar.
Guitars come in many sizes

Other things to consider when choosing a musical instrument for your child

Personality type

It is important to consider your child’s personality type when helping them to choose their instrument. For example, louder instruments, such as drums or guitars, may suit personality types that are confident and loud more, whilst softer-sounding wind instruments like the flute may be more suitable for calmer personalities. 

The most important thing when choosing your child’s instrument is ensuring that they are interested in the instrument. The more interest they have, the more successful they will be and the more motivation they will have to keep playing. Try visiting a music store and letting your child try out different instruments to see which one they’re drawn to. At Rimmers Music, all our stores have private music rooms where you can try out a selection of instruments, so you can have a go at playing an instrument in private. 


Buying an instrument is an investment, so it’s essential to make sure you buy the right one for your child. At Rimmers we offer a finance plan when purchasing an instrument, to limit your upfront costs and ensure that your child gets a chance at playing an instrument they love.


Finally, it’s crucial that parents offer support and encouragement throughout the learning process. Learning to play an instrument has a lot of benefits, but it is time-consuming and takes a lot of commitment and there may be days when your child simply doesn’t want to practice. When they first start to learn, they are bound to make mistakes – but try not to complain about the noise. The more practice and encouragement they get, the better musician they’ll become.

Visit one of our stores today and our expert staff will be happy to show you all the instruments your child could play.

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