Tricot 39 I think it is all traced back to great, exceptional teachers who make it cool to practise for ten minutes a day and fun to attend their ensemble groups. The drop out rate in these specific instances is really low compared to other teachers but I am no expert. My point is really can you find out if you have a any of these super encouraging teachers in your area and find out what instruments they offer? Personally the quality and the positivity of the teacher I think is a huge part of the instrument choice process and the actual instrument itself is only 50% of the decision.
Thank you - whatever the percentage split, I am sure that all of us have benefitted at some time, in some subject, from a wonderful teacher - and similarly experienced the effects of bad ones! How on earth do I go about finding an inspiring teacher?? Not being linked into a musical "network" I don't have access to sources of gossip. (We are in London.)
There's bound to have been a previous thread on mumsnet on location inspirational teachers I would imagine.
I suppose it depends firstly whether your child's instrument learning is during school hours or if it is a private lesson. The school route is obviously the easier one because you ask other parents. If not then half an hour of google will net you a fair bit of info. Just googling a likely instrument and the area you live might be fruitful. You could check out local music festivals, saturday music centres etc near where you are or see if any music teachers in your area have received commendations, awards etc