How To Level Up Music Skills In The Sims 4

In the wide world of The Sims 4, there is not much that you can’t do. From becoming a grilled cheese-obsessed Sim to writing books that can bring others back to life, it seems like nothing is impossible. One simpler task that you can accomplish is to learn a musical instrument.



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In this guide, we are going to take a look at how to quickly learn to play a musical instrument in The Sims 4. This will also include what you can do with each specific instrument in the game. It’s totally possible to learn every instrument, maxing out your skill for each one.

What Instruments Are In The Sims 4?

A Sim from The Sims 4 playing the piano

There are three instruments in the base game of The Sims 4, which you can find listed below.

If you have the Vampires expansion, you will also gain access to the pipe organ. This is similar to the piano, but it has its own skill meter. As such, being a piano expert will not affect your pipe organ skills.

How To Gain Musical Skills

sims 4 sim playing guitar in park

For every instrument, you can gain the related skill by simply playing it for the first time. For example, the first time you pick up and play the violin, you will acquire the associated skill.

Overall, constant playing will level up a musical skill. There are some situations that can boost your Sim’s learning, which are shown below.

How To Boost Learning


Inspired Moodlet

This will boost how quickly a Sim learns to play musical instruments

Music Lovers Trait

This is a Sim trait that can be chosen from CAS. By listening to music, you Sim can become Inspired, which will boost learning.

Creative Trait

This is a Sim trait that can be chosen from CAS. Random Inspiration can occur, but this trait also focuses on painting.

Great Acoustics Lot Trait

This is a lot trait you can choose in Build/Buy Mode. With this, there is a 50% boost to learning a musical instrument. While learning, Sims also become inspired.

When Can A Sim Acquire A Musical Skill?

The Sims 4 children sit together and play videogames in the living room

Some skills can only be learned once your Sim becomes a teenager. Thankfully, musical skills can be acquired by children, but it takes a little work.

Every musical skill is associated with the Creativity skill, which is exclusive to children. You can level up Creativity by activities such as playing at a dollhouse or with dolls, as well as simply playing an instrument.

When the Creativity skill is fully leveled up (to level ten), your little Sim will be able to level up their musical skills on piano, guitar, or violin.

What Instrument Options Can You Buy?

sims 4 pied piper guitar option

Below, we’ve listed every instrument that you can buy (or in some cases, make yourself).

Guitar Options

Guitar Option



Crafted Guitar


This can be crafted with Handiness level 8 at the Woodworking Table (with level 8 Guitar skill)

Pied Piper Acoustic Guitar


StickiMo Travel Acoustic Guitar


Exclusive to The Sims 4: Outdoor Retreat

Freezer Bunny Blues Guitar


Rockmeister Syzygy 7000 Guitar


Exclusive to The Sims 4: Werewolves

Available after being Alpha of Wildfangs pack

Rock Legend Signed Guitar


Unlock at level 10 of Entertainer Career (Music Branch)

Violin Options

Piano Option



Crafted Violin


This can be crafted with Handiness level 8 at the Woodworking Table (with level 8 Violin skill)

Amateur Hour Child’s Violin


Children Only

True Prodigy Child’s Violin


Children Only

Stringvarius Violin


The Virtuoso Violin


Piano Options

Piano Option



DigiRAD Keyboard


Exclusive to The Sims 4: City Living

San Sequoia Classic Upright Piano


Exclusive to The Sims 4: Growing Together

Chestnut Saloon Upright Piano


Exclusive to The Sims 4: Horse Ranch

Tickle My Ivories Grand Piano


Classical Genius Antique Piano


Unlock at level 7 of Entertainer Career (Music Branch)

Swooning Grand Piano


Exclusive to The Sims 4: My Wedding Stories

Pipe Organ Option

There is only one pipe organ option, which costs 1,220 Simoleons.

How To Write Songs

sims 4 write song option

Once you reach level eight on a musical instrument, you will unlock the option to write a song. To do this, all you need to do is select the option from the instrument’s menu.

After naming the song and choosing a genre, it’s time to get started! Overall, this is a very long process, as it takes your Sim a while to write a song. Rather than spending an hour or two writing a song, you will most likely need to put in multiple sessions.

When your song is done, you will be able to play it whenever you want! After reaching level nine in the skill of the instrument, you will be able to license it, which is done from your mailbox. This will provide daily royalties for a week, but you won’t be able to license any new songs during this period.

What is ‘Write Jingle’?

Sims 4: Male Sim practicing at piano closeup

Jingles are short songs that you can unlock fairly early into your instrument-learning journey. These are short songs that you can sell for a varying amount of money.

Overall, think of these like little riffs for a commercial. You won’t earn any royalties, but writing jingles is a great way to make a bit of money while increasing your skill at the same time.

There is a chance that nobody buys the song, and you won’t receive any money.

What Is Busking?

sims 4 sim busking in city

You can only busk for tips with The Sims 4: City Living.

Lastly, let’s go over busking. With guitars and violins, you simply need to put the instrument in your inventory and head to a public space. Pianos, of course, are a bit harder to transport. Thankfully, with the City Living expansion, you will also have access to the DigiRAD Keyboard, which is portable.

With an instrument in your inventory, you can head to busking locations in San Myshuno. Within the main plaza of each district, there will be a blanket set up, where you can busk with an instrument in your inventory. By doing this, your Sim will set out a case that others can put tips into.

Next: The Sims 4: How To Build Writing Skill

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