Try a String Instrument!

There are a few key string instruments to try if you've made it this far!

The three I recommend are the violin, cello or guitar. The viola requires the basics of violin to be mastered and the double bass are for when your child is nearing teen years.



There are so many benefits to learning string instruments, especially those without frets; the violin and cello. A child will rely heavily on using their ears to correct pitch which makes children who learn these two instruments very skilled in ear training!

Because the violin and cello are some of the hardest instruments to learn, they also require the most focused attention and committed practicing.

Two programs I particularly suggest are the Suzuki method and the Royal Conservatory Of Music. If you can find a local violin or cello teacher that teach either method, that would be a fabulous start!


If you'd like a cheaper "Do-It-Yourself" 6 week program to test the waters and see if your child enjoys the violin, I suggest you grab my Step Into Strings Beginner Violin Course. This course is for all ages but focuses on ages 5 to 12 years old. My easy to follow instructions, video tutorials and child-friendly graphics and pictures are a fantastic way to whet your child's appetite for the violin and see if it's an instrument to pursue! Check out some reviews and a sample lesson at the link below!

Step Into Strings: Strings Course


The guitar! If you child is looking for an instrument to learn on their own or at their own pace this is the perfect instrument! A guitar is so versatile and can be used in so many facets of life. You'll want to choose between the classical guitar, which is a more formal way of learning or the acoustic guitar where students learn to read chord charts and strum more often than not. Call your local music school for more information about guitar lessons!



Hey! I’m Sonja Hindmarsh. I am passionate about my faith, family and serving the world through music!

Whether it means performing or mentoring children in their musical abilities, music has been important to me all of my life.

As a professional musician, I have been blessed with opportunities to perform in countries around the world including Germany, Romania, and throughout the United States and Canada. Being able to use music as a ministry, both in mission settings and local church settings, is a dream come true.

I direct a private music studio of violin students, freelance as a professional violinist and am the conductor of The Pacific Mennonite Children's Choir in Abbotsford, Canada. Oh, and I run a music curriculum business on the side 😎

I am so lucky to be able to inspire children to love music themselves, whether that means performing, enjoying, or listening.


Looking for some quick wins to jumpstart your family's journey with music?

1. Check out my FREE resources. I love giving families hands on curriculum to get them started, so head on over to my free library and download as many resources as you'd like!

Free Resource Library


2. Join me in my “Music Support” Facebook group! We’re a supportive community of people at all stages in our musical journey where we support, give help and ideas if needed.

Music Support Group


3. Read one of my popular blogposts! This post about "How Much Technology Should We Use In Music" and "6 Free Music Sites For Children" is the perfect place to start!