Which instrument could my child play? (when they don't like the teacher's recommendation)
Throughout my 30+ years as a band director and industry professional, I know most children can adapt to about any instrument with honest effort. That being said, there are exceptions due to physical characteristics which may limit choices. Make every effort to have an experienced music teacher help you with selecting which instrument will be best for your child. If there has been an instrument try-out procedure and your child is disappointed with the choices assigned to them, by all means discuss this with the teacher as this is absolutely something they need to be aware of. Music teachers are striving to maintain a balanced instrumentation--you can't have a good band with 30 alto sax players and 20 drummers! However, teachers have some flexibility and will want your child to be both happy and motivated about their choice of which instrument to play.