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#beginquote# I am a band director in Arizona and teach beginning band - middle school. I see all of the 4th grade classes in the fall and do a "mouthpiece check " on each student. Because each child has different physical qualities (small hands. short arms, teeth formations, lip size) I try to find the best fit for the student, and what instrument the child will be most successful on. This is key to your child not dropping band in the future. Depending on how good of a tone quality your child gets on each instrument determines the success. If a students gets a good sound on more than one instrument, I do a little more questioning on pitch preference for the child. Some kids do not like high pitched sounds, so flute or clarinet may not be for them. Piano is a wonderful starting instrument for any child, but it is a solitary one , I do not have piano in my concert bands, just the jazz band and that is an advanced group. I would ask your child's band director if he or she does any kind of mouthpiece placement check or can the kids try out some of the instrument first.? Physical qualities are very important. Your child's size is also a factor. As far as being a percussion player, I test the kids to see how their hand eye coordination is and I give them a rhythm test to see if they can clap a rhythm back to me. Once your child hears and sees the different instruments offered at school , you will be able to get a feel for what he is interested in. #endquote#
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