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    Parent question: Should we let our daughter swap musical instruments?

    My 10 year old daughter has been playing the piano for nearly four years and a few months ago, passed her grade 2 exam.  For most of these years she enjoyed playing but getting her to practice is becoming more and more difficult. I constantly nag her and she only does as little as she can get away with.  She says she wants to change to the clarinet because her best friend plays it.  Should we let her? The piano is a deceivingly complex instrument. It is easy to start with – the sound is already there and kids can play simple tunes quite quickly. However, the more one progress…