Top 7 Instruments Your Student Can Try

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When you are trying to find an instrument that your student can try, you need to think of all the things your student is capable of.  You want to match the abilities and needs of the child with an instrument.  Each instrument can give the student a whole new world to explore, and the instrument can become the student’s profession in the future.

Guitar

The kid who wants to learn how to play rock music needs to make sure that they learn how to play guitar. You can purchase guitars in many sizes, and kids can move on to bass guitar if they want to learn to play all the instruments in a rock band.

Piano

Piano is the king of all instruments, and it works well for children who are very coordinated. The piano is also a good instrument to start with when children want to explore other instruments or write music. The child who needs assistance working on their coordination may be helped by the piano, but the piano may not work well for a student who has a hard time doing different things with each hand.

Drums

A student who wants to become a musician can become a drummer if they do not enjoy fiddling around with smaller instruments. Drums and percussion are great for the child who has a great deal of energy, and the smallest drum kits are inexpensive for parents to buy. The drums make way to other instrument, and they may be a good companion instrument for the child who is learning to play piano.

Violin

The violin can be sized to fit the student, and it is an easy instrument to begin on. The student can grow with their instrument as they progress, and they can begin very young. The violin is also a gateway to trying other string instruments. The student who wants to play Cello may need to start on violin first.

Flute

The flute is a good instrument to start on because it does not use reeds. The student can simply form a whistling shape with their mouth to make a sound, and they can play simple tunes. When the flute is too long for the student, they can get a curved head joint that they can use to make the instrument easier to reach.

Saxophone

The saxophone is the most modern of all the woodwind instruments. It is so modern that it is very easy to learn. The student can begin a lifelong process of learning the instrument, but they will feel comfortable when they start on the instrument as a young child.

Trumpet

The trumpet is a unique instrument in that it comes in multiple sizes. You can give a pocket trumpet to a very small child who wants to learn, and they can graduate to a full-size trumpet when they are big enough. Each and every child who starts on trumpet can move on to other brass instruments in the future if they choose.

When kids want to start on an instrument, the seven above are the best ones to choose. Once the beginners have moved on, they can learn anything they like.

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The True Meaning of Halloween

As a kid, I thought that Halloween was a day set aside for us to have fun. A time that we can dress up as something or someone else, eat candy, and go to parties. Now that I’m older and know the origin of the day, it’s not something in which my family and I will participate in.

Do you ever wonder why you say “trick or treat!” when you visit a home on Halloween night? It relates to the rituals of the Druid Priests. They are evil people possessed by demons, and their sacrifical night is October 31, which is known as “All Hallows’ Eve”.  November 1 marks the Celtic new year or All Saints Day. The Druids believe that those sinful souls that had died that current year would be released from torment once Samhaim accepted their sacrifices.

Sure, kids have a blast now going door-to-door receiving “treats”. However, in Stonehenge, the Druids and their followers went from castle to castle demanding a treat, which would be either a princess or young woman.  She was brutally assaulted and sacrificed to Satan during a ceremony. The Druid music could always be heard in the background. This music can also be heard in some rock music today. The Druids would leave a lighted jack o’lantern in front of the castles that had given them a “treat” that pleased them. This protected those inside from being killed by demons that night. Have you ever wondered why you see carved pumpkins outside of people’s homes as you drive or walk by?

The “trick” was when you didn’t have a “sacrifice”. They would draw a hexagram (a six-pointed star) on the front door, allowing Satan or his demons to come in and kill those in the that home. Today, the “trick” would be a razor blade, drugs (i.e. marijuana), or some harmful object or poison placed inside the candy or “treat”.  Any child could potentially die.  Knowing this information, why would you want to celebrate Halloween, a celebration of evil?  Sure, there are so-called “alternatives” to Halloween, but why even do that?  What message are you sending?  I just wouldn’t celebrate it at all. Television and music influence our children in very subtle ways.  If you pay attention, you’ll notice a lot of symbolism in movies and music videos.  It is important to guard our children against things that could potentially harm them.  Always do your research.  It’s amazing what you can find on YouTube.

Fortunately, my son’s school is closed on Halloween.  Yesterday, I told his teacher that we do not celebrate Halloween nor did we send a costume to school with him. Fortunately, my son does not eat candy, anyway.   In class  today, they talked about pumpkins as fruit, which is fine. Their class went on a field trip to Clark’s Elioak Farm yesterday, and each child picked out their own pumpkin. My son is still too young to understand certain holidays, but when he gets older, we will explain the meaning behind each one.