One Size Fits All for Wind Instruments!
That being said, we start children on the standard "C" flute, the Bb Clarinet, the Alto Saxophone, the Tenor Trombone, and the Bb Trumpet. There is only one size for each of these instruments. When you refer to the flute, clarinet, trombone and trumpet, this implies the above types. Saxophone has other types that are common, so the name "Alto" must be referred to.
For Bowed String Instruments, there are different sizes:
The nature of the stringed instrument's acoustical properties lend itself to smaller and larger sizes. This is good for children so the instrument can be more manageable.
Here's a general rule of thumb for the strings. See the links below for more detail.
Here are the average sizes for student’s grades. If your child is smaller or larger adjust accordingly. With Golden Music, we deliver to you for free, so if the size is off, we will bring you the correct size for no charge.
4th Grade average size: ½ violin, 12” viola, ¼ cello 1/8 bass
5th Grade average size: ½ violin, 12” viola, ½ cello, 1/4 bass
6th Grade average size: ¾ violin, 13” viola, ¾ cello, 1/2 bass
MORE DETAIL GO TO THESE LINKS: