Enjoying Holiday Music

Every year, I look forward to the Christmas holiday season. I love decorating a large, beautiful tree, baking delicious, seasonal desserts, going to holiday parties, and spending time with my parents at their farm. Because I’m a singer and a musician, I also like to listen to Christmas music. Sometimes, I listen to holiday tunes for several hours at the time. Whether I’m cleaning my home, driving down the road, or cooking dinner, my mood instantly improves after listening to some of my favorite holiday songs. On this blog, I hope you will gain an appreciation for holiday music. Enjoy!

Choosing Your Child's First Instrument


Participation in music education offers an increased IQ, improved test scores, and stronger language development skills. Quite naturally, you're eager for your child to grab an instrument and begin. First, take a moment to think. Playing a flute isn't the same as playing the clarinet or even the drums – so you want to choose carefully. The instrument your child selects should be a wise choice in order for them to excel, enjoy it, and experience the widespread benefits of musical education.


One of the first factors to consider is the age of the child. Particularly when it comes to very young children, pairing them with an instrument that is too complicated is a quick way to make them shy away from playing an instrument altogether. For small children, the piano is a great place to begin.

Pianos don't hold physical limitations and key maneuverability is easy since the keys are large and in clear view. Older children have more flexibility in terms of their physical limitations and abilities, string instruments, woodwinds and brass instruments can all be introduced for older children as their first instrument.

Musical Selection

What type of musical selections does your child enjoy? The reason this is important is that if you pair your child with an instrument whose sound they don't enjoy, they won't be motivated to play. For example, if the child hates the sound of a trumpet, asking them to play a trumpet is nothing shy of torture.

Before going instrument shopping, ask your child to think about what instrument sounds they enjoy hearing they most. If your child doesn't know much about which sounds they like, don't be afraid to ask someone at the instrument shop if they can give you all a sample of instrument sounds.

Dental Structure

Oral development is also important when selecting an instrument, especially when it comes to woodwind and brass instruments. To excel at these types of instruments, unformed dental structure is best. Basically, the child should have all their adult teeth.

For example, for a child who still has gaps from where their baby teeth have fallen out, it can be difficult to produce the right sounds from the instrument. Children who have orthodontic treatments, such as braces, might also find it challenging to play with these types of instruments.

Taking the time to find the right instrument for your child is the best way to ensure their success. Make sure you allow your child time to make the right decision.

For music instruments, contact a company such as Mike's Brass & Woodwind.


22 January 2016