How To Get Started Teaching Kids To Play Cajon

Posted by Steve Head on 3rd Apr 2023

How To Get Started Teaching Kids To Play Cajon

The cajon is a percussion instrument whom simplicity and versatility make it an excellent instrument for kids to learn, and it can provide them with a fun and engaging way to develop rhythm and coordination.

If you want to teach your kids to play the cajon, here are some tips to get you started:

Kids Cajon

  1. Get a kid-friendly cajon

First and foremost, you need to get a cajon that is appropriate for your child's size and age. While some cajons may be too big and heavy for a child, others may not produce the right sound or have a suitable playing surface. Therefore, look for cajons that are specifically designed for kids, with smaller dimensions and a lighter weight. Additionally, kid-friendly cajons may come in fun colors or designs, which can make the instrument more appealing to your child.

  1. Start with basic techniques

Before diving into complex rhythms, it's crucial to teach your child the basic techniques of playing the cajon. These include how to sit properly, how to hold the instrument, and how to strike the playing surface with the hands. Encourage your child to start with simple patterns, such as the bass and snare sounds, and gradually progress to more advanced techniques.

  1. Play along with music

Playing along with music can be an excellent way for kids to develop their sense of rhythm and timing. Choose songs with a steady beat, and encourage your child to follow along with the rhythm using the cajon. This can also be an opportunity for your child to explore different music genres and styles.

  1. Practice regularly

Like any other instrument, playing the cajon requires practice and dedication. Encourage your child to set aside a specific time each day for practicing, even if it's just for a few minutes. This can help your child develop a routine and build their skills over time.

  1. Join a group or take lessons

Playing the cajon can be a social activity, and joining a group or taking lessons can provide your child with opportunities to learn from others and perform in front of an audience. Look for local music schools or groups that offer cajon lessons or workshops, and encourage your child to participate.

In conclusion, teaching kids to play the cajon can be a fun and rewarding experience for both the child and the parent. By starting with a kid-friendly cajon, teaching basic techniques, playing along with music, practicing regularly, and joining a group or taking lessons, your child can develop their rhythm, coordination, and musical skills. With time and dedication, your child may even become a skilled cajon player and share their talent with others.

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