Our 11 yr old daughter is showing an interest in music. Not one of her previous talents. We have a piano, but she has not really ever been interested in learning. Possibly because her older brother plays (as well as violin). Recently she announced that she would like to learn an instrument, she has been asking about the flute and the oboe.
Does anyone have any advice as to ease of learning, ease on the ears in early development and ease on the pocket regarding which instrument she should choose. I only play piano, my brother plays clarinet, which he has recommended, but then it is his instrument.
School is not helpful as music is essentially singing, which she seems to be managing quite well.
Thanks for input of any form
Flute is definitely much cheaper, you should be able to get a better one than a beginner would need for around Â£300, and also much easier to come by second hand. Oboes are quite expensive initially, fewer of them around, and quite expensive to "run" as new reeds are constantly needed, especially in the early stages when they get broken easily. Later on players make their own reeds. We have had to acquire both these instruments for various children.
The advantage of the oboe is that it sounds nicer (well, after a few years of lessons it does anyway!), and it has scarcity value so good players are highly valued for school and county orchestras etc. It is harder to play though, especially for a beginner. If she is likely to need orthodontic braces in the future oboe might also be more difficult for this reason, whereas it wouldn't matter with a flute.
I wouldn't go for a clarinet myself, but they are very popular, as are flutes.
Hope this helps.