There are three options for acquiring a band instrument. If you aren't sure which instrument to choose, read this article.
1) Rent from a music store. This is your best choice when your student is starting an instrument because it gives you the flexibility to switch instruments if needed.
2) Borrow an instrument from the School District. This option is available first to students who have financial need, then to anyone else who would like to borrow an instrument. There are not a lot of instruments available, so instruments will be checked out on a first come, first served basis and you may not get your first choice.
You will also be provided with a used book for your instrument, if needed, or you may purchase a new one. If you would like to borrow an instrument, please indicate on the sign up form or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will also need to turn in a District Instrument Check-Out Form before your student can bring their instrument home.
3) Purchase an instrument, or use an instrument owned by a family member. Purchasing an instrument presents a couple challenges: Your student may change their mind or find that a different instrument is a better fit for them. Also, make sure you purchase a quality instrument that is in good working order.
Do not purchase cheap wind instruments on Amazon (usually for $100 or less.) These instruments are made of cheap materials and may work fine to start with, but are hard/impossible to repair. If you are considering purchasing an instrument on Amazon, please email me first to check to make sure the instrument is a quality instrument. If using a family member's instrument, please make sure the instrument is in good working order.
Books** can be found at music stores in the area or online (like on Amazon). Make sure to purchase the Essential Elements 2000 or Essential Elements for Band, Book 1, for your specific instrument. (FYI: Clarinet is listed as Bb Clarinet on the method book.)
**You can support our local retailer, Sabado School of Music in Cameron Park by purchasing your Essential Elements for Band, Book 1 book HERE. Shipping is free and the store will get credit for the sale!