Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Tucson, Arizona
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Recorders are very inexpensive. You could get one and give it a shot, and if it doesn't work out you could put it up for a another year. My kids are 3 and 5 and each have a recorder. They love playing them, but are completely uninterested in learning any actually notes or music -- they just like to make noise. This doesn't bother me at all, but it would drive some moms nuts.
The records aren't nearly as loud as my DH's full set of drums, which are in the middle of the living room!
We have lots of small, easy instruments such as maracas, bells, clave, bongo drums, etc. (Waldorf doesn't think percussion instruments are appropriate for small children)
Our house is full of instruments and we are considering unschooling for music lessons.