Musical Instruments

  • updated 9/8/20
     
    FOR 2021-2022, PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO RESEARCH OPTIONS FOR LEASING AN INSTRUMENT.  THE DEADLINE TO SECURE AN INSTRUMENT AND METHOD BOOK IS OCTOBER 4, 2021
     
    For the 2021-22 school year, students that play a brass or wind instrument
     
     
     
    LESSON METHOD BOOKS FOR THE 2021-2021 SCHOOL YEAR CAN BE FOUND HERE
     
    Students in Fourth Grade will have the opportunity to select from the following concert band and at least two of the string orchestra instruments.  Your child's music teacher will inform you of any restrictions.
     
    BAND: alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, percussion (bell kit w/drum pad), trombone, and trumpet
     
    ORCHESTRA: cello, viola, violin, (string bass by arrangement with your school strings teacher)
     
    Each spring our instrumental music teachers give a demonstration of all the instruments students can select in 4th grade. The music teacher at your school will inform students of any additional instruments they may offer. We do not offer instruction on the piano, guitar, or drum set. Some schools come equipped with a drum set that is introduced in the 5th-grade band for students taking private lessons.  
     
    Scholarship Instruments: Students receiving a fee waiver are eligible to receive a district-owned, needs-based scholarship instrument (except string bass).

    For students who have already learned to play an instrument outside of school, such as an orchestra instrument, guitar, piano, etc., we welcome those students to perform with their peers in either the band or orchestra at their school. Contact the instrumental music teacher at your school to discuss this option.



    PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING THEIR CHILDREN WITH THEIR INSTRUMENT 
     



    OPTION ONE: The best option for acquiring a musical instrument is through a lease-to-own program available through most reputable instrument dealers. This option typically includes an insurance policy for loss/theft/damage and your monthly payments can often be applied to the purchase of the instrument.

    OPTION TWO: If one of the instruments listed above is available to you from a family member or friend, bring it to one of the vendors listed below to have it inspected and maintained for use by your son or daughter.

    Students receiving financial assistance will receive a SCHOLARSHIP INSTRUMENT (excluding string bass).  Some of the instrument dealers listed below may have quality used instruments for purchase at a reasonable, reduced price.
     
    BUYERS BEWARE!

    As a general rule, avoid purchasing an instrument on the Internet or from a large discount store. In a large discount or “Big Box” stores you may find many instruments available for a low price. Many of these instruments have a reputation for being poorly manufactured even though they might look perfectly fine. Similarly, instruments found on the internet can be risky and will not come with the protections available through a lease program.
     
    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR SELECT INSTRUMENTS

    Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass: These instruments come in various sizes. You must bring your child to the instrument store to be measured for the correct size.
     
    Flute: The flute is a challenging instrument for petite children because of its length. If your child is petite, ask your instrument vendor for a “curved-head” mouthpiece. The curved-head shortens the length of the flute, making it easier to reach the flute keys.
     
    Percussion Kit/Bell Kit: Ask your vendor for a set of bells with a drum pad and stand, includes mallets and sticks. Students will not be learning how to play the typical drum set common to rock-n-roll bands. The primary instruments they will learn to play are the 2 ½ octave xylophone and the snare drum. They will also receive instruction on a variety of other percussion instruments including, bass drum, woodblocks, and other hand-held percussion instruments. It is recommended that you only lease a xylophone with a drum pad.  Snare drums are available at the school and do not need to go home for practice. If you do choose a Combo Kit (bells and snare drum) you can leave the snare drum at home for practice. 
     
  • FOR 2020-2021, PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO RESEARCH OPTIONS FOR LEASING AN INSTRUMENT BY NOVEMBER 2nd.
     
    LESSON METHOD BOOKS: FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR, All band and string instruments will use the Method Book: Sound Innovations (book 1).  Lesson method books should be available at all of the instrument vendors listed below.

     

    Here are some instrument rental suggestions you might consider



    Acoustic Strings of New England: 1511 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476, ph# 781-648-6355 (by appointment), 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143, ph# 617-547-8263 (M-Sat) www.acousticstringsofnewengland.com (on-line lease application, school delivery, mobile repair service)

    Johnson String Instrument: 1029 & 1039 Chestnut Street, Newton Upper Falls, 02464, ph # 617-964-0954 www.johnsonstring.com (on-line lease application)

    Leonards Music: 128 The Great Road, Bedford, MA, 01730, ph# 781-271-1189 www.leonardsmusic.com (on-line lease application, school delivery, mobile repair service, 24-hour rental repair)

    Music & Arts: 839 Beacon Street, Newton Center, 02459 ph# 617-332-3578 www.musicarts.com (on-line lease application, home/school delivery)

    Needham Music: 947 Great Plain Avenue, Needham, 02492, ph# 781-444-6429 www.needhammusic.com (on-line lease application)

    Spencer Brook Strings: 9 Linden Street, Maynard, MA 01754, ph# 978-897-6382 www.SpencerBrookStrings.com (school delivery/pick up for rentals and maintenance)