My wife and I have been kicking around ideas for a while about getting our oldest squid started in music, but haven't done anything yet. He just turned 7, and if you ask him today, he wants to play trumpet like daddy. I know kids can change their minds a lot as they get older, so I don't want to force a square peg in a round hole, but I do tend to think his personality lends itself quite well to trumpet.
He has also, at times, expressed interest in violin, piano, and drums.
Seems like I've heard from quite a few that piano is a great foundation to start them on, then they can pick possibly choose a instrument when they're older.
After being blown away last night by a concert featuring the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra playing with the Ft. Worth Youth Orchestra, I reached out to FWYO today, and they provided me with information for stringed instruments. Here is a quote from their email, after I mentioned trumpet to them:
"The school here focuses on string instruments, starting with violin and cello. Piano can be a good foundation instrument. If the eventual goal is trumpet I would still start with a string instrument. String instruments require that you play ‘in tune’ and tune your own notes, unlike piano and guitar. I’ve had several students start with violin or cello then switch to brass or woodwind instruments when they are old enough. Most brass and woodwind instruments require the student be a little older before they begin to make sure the shape of their mouth has formed first. You might contact a few brass teachers to see what age they suggest starting on trumpet."
So I'm contacting a few brass teachers....