Trumpet - Connexeo describes the trumpet as the king of the brass instruments essential to jazz, R&B, and many rock bands.
Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter - With nine Grammy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Music under his belt, Marsalis is an obvious role model for wannabe horn players.
Bass guitar - The fact it has has just four strings makes this instrument easier for many beginners.
Stanley Clarke, bass guitarist - Jazz, rock, funk... Clarke brings his bass center stage with whatever style he chooses to play. He's also written scores for television and movies.
Violin - Six is the recommended starting age for youngsters wishing to learn this iconic classical instrument, suggests Creative Soul Music.
Itzhak Perlman, violinist - Struck down by polio at age four, Perlman plays the violin while seated. But the stature of this Israeli-American virtuoso musician is huge.
Piano - A big favorite with anyone wanting to learn to play music, the piano also forms the basis of many other types of music.
Martha Argerich, pianist - Born in Argentina, Argerich is regarded as one of the greatest concert pianists of all time. She started playing at age three.
Classical guitar - Mastering the classical guitar takes a great deal of patience, but doing so enhances motor skills in children and can improve their concentration, memory, and focus skills.
Pepe Romero, classical guitar -
A classical guitarist but also talented in flamenco, the Spanish master is applauded for his outstanding technique.
Keyboards - The most popular instrument to play according to several music websites, including Medium.
Rick Wakeman, keyboards -
A member of influential progressive rock band Yes, classically trained Wakeman is one of the acknowledged superstars of rock keyboards.
Flute - Versatile, small, and lightweight, the flute is also inexpensive. Fun to play, this instrument can be tucked away in a back pocket, allowing practice anywhere, anytime.
James Galway, flautist - Known worldwide as "The Man with the Golden Flute," Northern Ireland-born Galway started playing at age nine.
Ukulele - Children are more likely to pick up a ukulele at school than a recorder, reports The Guardian. Master just three chords and you can impress friends and family.
Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele player - Honolulu-born Shimabukuro is a huge international hit, admired for his virtuoso playing and complex fingerwork.