A GUIDE TO BUYING QUALITY
HELPFUL ADVICE FOR THE MUSICAL STUDENT
THIS PUBLICATION HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO YOUWITH THE KIND SUPPORT OF NAMM, THE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION.
Music is an essential part of the fabric of our lives. It is an extremely
powerful means of communication, playing a role in many of our social
institutions and religious rituals. Making music can break down cultural
barriers and strengthen social unity.
This booklet has been produced by the Music Industries Association (MIA),
which is the UK trade body for the musical instrument industry. Many of the
best known instrument manufacturers and shops have helped us to collate
the publication and we are very grateful for their support.We have, however,
deliberately kept the book “brand free” in order to leave all the information
as impartial as possible and to allow you to make informed choices about
what you wish to purchase. The Federation of Music Services and National
Association of Music Educators have also extensively helped us with this
guide.We have also included some content from other publications, such as
the ABRSM’s “Raising an Amazing Musician”.
The MIA also represents hundreds of musical instrument shops throughout
the UK and you can find your nearest one by going to our website
www.mia.org.uk and clicking on the “find a music shop”.We also have
a “find a music teacher”link on the homepage, which may be of use.
Welcome to the amazing world of playing a musical instrument!
Builds greater social and team skills
Improves reasoning capacity and
problem solving skills
Improves maths and language performance
Improves memory, concentration, creativity,
self esteem and self discipline
Music is a wonderful and engaging pursuit for any child and there is
substantive evidence of the positive effects on children of music making.
This is over and above the sheer fun and enjoyment of playing an
instrument. Making music also:
TRUTH 1: Everyone is musical and nearly all of us have the ability to sing and
to play a