DS has played clarinet for 4 years in elementary and middle school band. He did not take band in 9th grade as it is conflicting with another activity that he is very interested in. He is not playing any team sports either as his interests seem to be more academic.
Although he is not taking band, he is continuing private clarinet lessons but seems to be less and less interested in practicing as there is no band performance or some such larger goal. He is seriously considering stopping clarinet but seem conflicted.
We are not sure what advice to give. Neither of us played an instrument when we are young and we wish we knew an instrument that we can play for fun.
My question is: In college or as an adult, is it common to play clarinet by themselves or does it have to be paired with other instruments to be enjoyable? An instrument like a Piano, Guitar or even Flute I see people playing by themselves. I have never seen anyone play clarinet alone by themselves.
If it is not going to be something that is useful to him later on, we might as well suggest him to give up on clarinet.
We think knowing an instrument would make a more well rounded adult. He has interest in photography, music, reading, video games, movies, and origami outside of academics.
We have little knowledge of music/instruments and would really appreciate advice from others. What would you recommend?