Benefits of Private Woodwinds Lessons Too

Benefits of Renting a Quality Musical Instrument:

Students have more success when they have a good quality, functioning instrument. Students will likely love music more, if their instrument is good. 

Good Quality Instruments:

  1. Sound better: The instruments are designed to play in tune and be durable enough for a young beginner
  2. Easier to play: The keys will all close properly and the instruments are guaranteed to function correctly
  3. Retain Resell value: The instrument will hold its resell value if the instrument has been maintained properly
  4. Repair Costs: Good quality instruments will last longer due to higher quality materials. Repair technicians can order replacement parts, rather than replacing the entire off brand instrument. Most qualified repair technicians will not even repair Amazon and other off brand instruments. Essentially making these cheaper instruments disposable. 
  5. Better quality lessons: Students will not be held back by the condition of their instrument. Often times students with off brand instruments spend a large portion of lessons having a teacher trouble shoot a broken instrument. 

Accessories All Musicians Need: 

  1. Music Stand (wire folding stand or orchestral style)
  2. Metronome
  3. Tuner (often can be combined with the metronome, like the Korg KM-60 combo metro-tuner)
  4. Music books as recommended by your music teacher
  5. Luggage tag or some form of label to mark the instrument case with the student’s contact information

Flute Accessories: 

  1. Cleaning rod
  2. Silk or microfiber cleaning swab
  3. Metal Polishing cloth
  4. Grip Aides like the Thumb port/Bo-Pep as directed by your instructor
  5. Good quality, protective case 

Clarinet Accessories: 

  1. Cleaning swab (silk or microfiber)
  2. Cork Grease
  3. Reeds (Rico or Vandoren)
  4. Reed case (make sure students alternate reeds to avoid wearing down the same reed too quickly)
  5. Ligature (Rovner, Vandoren M/O, Rico, etc.)
  6. Mouthpiece patches 
  7. Mouthpiece upgrade per teacher request
  8. Good quality, protective case 

Saxophone Accessories: 

  1. Cleaning swab (silk or microfiber)
  2. Cork Grease
  3. Reeds (Rico or Vandoren)
  4. Reed case (make sure students alternate reeds to avoid wearing down the same reed too quickly)
  5. Ligature (Rovner, Vandoren M/O, Rico etc.)
  6. Mouthpiece patches 
  7. Mouthpiece patches 
  8. Mouthpiece upgrade per teacher request
  9. Padded neck strap or harness 
  10. Good quality, protective case 

Guide to Proper Instrument Care:

  1. Open the instrument case on the floor to avoid dropping the instrument. 
  2. Open the case right side up. Many cases have the company logo to help students identify the top. Try putting a fun sticker on top of the case to help beginning students identify the lid of the case.
  3. Students should be gentle and not touch any moving pieces or keys when assembly their instrument. Never force or squeeze an instrument together.
  4. The instrument is cleaned used the cleaning swabs. Flute lip plates may be wiped clean with sterol alcohol wipes. Clarinet mouthpieces can be washed with a mild soap and warm water, taking care not to get the cork wet and to dry it with a soft, non-abrasive cloth. Saxophone mouthpieces can be washed with a mild soap and warm water, using a soft, non-abrasive cloth to dry it. 
  5. NEVER get the instrument wet. No dishwasher, bathtubs, sinks, etc. 
  6. Send your instrument to a qualified repair technician once a year to adjust the instrument, replace pads and key corks and keep the instrument in optimal playing condition.
  7. Have a good quality protective instrument case. Do not put books and other things that could damage the instrument. The instrument should fit snuggly into the case.
  8. Students should have clean mouth and hands before the set up the instrument. (Rinse their mouth or brush their teeth and wash hands)