Best Guitars, Ukuleles, Keyboards and Drum Sets to Buy for Your Kids

best musical instruments for your kids

Summer vacation is right around the corner and we think summer is a great time for diving deeper into music lessons or exploring a new instrument. And so, we  have rounded up our top picks of guitars, ukuleles and drum sets to get you set up for a summer of music making. And don’t forget, you can always jump into any session of Musication private lessons to set up a sample size lesson package for your little one and we still space available in our summer camp too!

Guitars and Ukuleles

1/2 Size Nylon String Guitar:  Yamaha CGS102A 1/2-Size Classical Guitar Bundle 

Best for the young beginner, nylon strings are easy on little fingers, and 1/2 size is comfortable for young children to hold. 

1/2 Size Steel String Guitar:   Yamaha JR2 1/2-Size Acoustic Guita

 Good for young beginners, steel string sound that’s great for playing all styles of music.

 3/4 Size Electric Guitar with Amp:  Squier by Fender Mini Strat Electric Guitar – Black Bundle

 This is a great size electric guitar is great for most kids ages 8 and up.

Ukulele:  Official Kala Learn to Play Ukulele Starter Kit, Light Mahogany

This great ukulele is a perfect starter for children (and adults) of any age. Comes with tuner and learning app. 


Yamaha NP12 61-Key :This keyboard from Yamaha is our top pick for beginning students considering price and features.

Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key : This model has a little bit more of the “bells & whistles” on it as far as the different sounds it can make, drum beats, song library, etc… In other words, this keyboard has more buttons on it! Not always a good thing though, as lots of buttons can sometimes be a distraction, but can also be fun for students to explore.

Yamaha P71 88-Key: One of our top pics as far as a keyboard that can emulate and feel like a real piano. This Yamaha has “weighted” keys, so the keys are not only “touch sensitive” but also have the actual feel of pressing down a note on a piano

Drums and Percussion

Djembe:  Hand-carved Djembe Drum from Africa – 9″x 18″ Child Youth Size

This beautiful hand carved djembe from Africa is the perfect size for kids. 

Bongo Drum:  Remo KD-5400-01 Kids Percussion Bongo Drum

Colorful, rainforest themed bongo set that kids will love to play. 

Drum set:  Ludwig Junior 5 Piece Drum Set with Cymbals

If you are looking for a full drum set for you budding drummer? This 5 piece Ludwig drum set is a perfect beginner drum set that will last for years

 Xylophone:  Xylophone – Glockenspiel with 20 Song Music Sheets Ebook

This xylophone/glockenspiel is perfect for a child of any age. It’s a great starter instrument and comes with an easy to learn 20 song music book.  



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