What is the best first instrument to learn?

What is the best instrument to start learning music with?

This is a question we are often asked, and quite simply, there is no one definitive answer. The answer is how you supplement the instrument you want to learn.

I have been working in the music industry and particularly in education for over 20 years and worked with thousands of students. As an experienced musician from an industry and education perspective, I have been able to define what works best from all the case studies and student journeys I have learned from.

If we look at the learning music from a holistic perspective and not from a per instrument perspective it becomes really clear on what students should focus on .


It is incredibly important to grasp a clear understanding of rhythm is and how it works. National Music Academy focusses on immersing students with the basic concepts of rhythm that includes clapping in time and being able to understand where the first beat of the bar is.