Musical Instruments for Children: Choosing What's Right for Your Child : Learning to play an instrument offers a child an outlet for creativity, teaches discipline, enhances an appreciation of music, and can ignite a passion that lasts a lifetime. This parents' guide to choosing the right one can make all the difference between a happy experience and a disappointing one. Taking into account the child's age, size, interests, and natural ability, it discusses more than 35 different instruments. Which are the easiest and hardest to play? What are the costs? How do you judge how talented a child is? Which teaching style suits the child's temperament best? The answers offer a perfect introduction to the joys of making music, and for the very gifted, a head start on a rewarding career.