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Private Lessons

Should you seek private instruction?

A question we get a lot in music retail is whether or not private lessons are needed.  This is raised by adults picking up an instrument for the first time (or first time in a while) and parents of high school, middle school, and beginners.  Hopefully, this will clear up some of your questions.

Beginners

When your child is first starting an instrumental music class (whether orchestra or band), we do not recommend jumping right into private lessons.

Here are a few reasons why it isn’t recommended:

-Most students will quickly become bored with the class instruction as lessons can cause them to progress faster.

-A private instructor may teach differently than the preferred method of the director.

-This can cause frustration on the part of the student and the director

-The director has specific, tried-and-true methods to get their students started.

The only exception would be if after your student has played for a few months and they are falling behind in the class.  That is a perfect time to look for a teacher.  Another facet is if your student (violin in particular) is too young for school system music class, private lessons will be your only option.

Middle School

Lessons can be taken into consideration if your child has been playing for a year or more, but it would not be a necessity.  The caveat would be if they were falling behind and getting discouraged — lessons are preferable to your student quitting music.  Once your child is out of the beginning class, they will have more opportunity to flourish and benefit from private lessons.

Opportunities like:

  • Competing in Solo & Ensemble

-A chance for your student to work up a solo piece and perform it for a judge to receive scoring.  High ratings are eligible to compete at the state level.

-This occurs once a year – usually in the spring.

  • Selected for the All-State group

-An audition-based group selected from students ALL OVER the state.  This exists for middle and high school level students.

-This group only performs one time per year and every year is a new selection and occurs in January.

  • Make the top band class

-Most schools have multiple band/orchestra classes in which students audition for placement.

-This normally happens at the end of the school year in preparation for the upcoming one.  This audition will decide what band your child will fit best.

  • Rank high in the section

-Even if your child’s school only has one band/orchestra class, there is still the opportunity for high chair placement.  This simply means ranking higher in the section.  The “first chair” player is the one who scores highest in the audition, plays first part, and could occasionally get a solo.  This may look like Greek to you, but I guarantee your child knows about chair placement.

  • Playing multiple instruments

-The students chosen to pick up additional instruments are usually those highly proficient on their main instrument.  Meaning if you are really good at playing clarinet, the band director might ask you to double on oboe.  Lessons can present this opportunity for your student or it could even be something you want to research once your child picks up a second instrument.  Private instruction can help your student get up to speed on the new instrument.

Your student will have more opportunities to excel and lessons outside of the classroom will only help those goals be achieved!  Of course, it isn’t necessary because practicing on your own can do wonders, it’s just an option!

High School

This is almost too easy to provide reasons for you.  Every high school students should study privately.

Lessons are very beneficial for these reasons:

-Great way to prepare for college.

-One-on-one instruction is perfect for discovering the more abstract side of music

-With several years of music under their belt, your student will have a high level of musical maturity.

-Being older, your student will have a longer attention span and a high retention rate.

-Everyone needs accountability and lessons will do that for you.

-High school students are more capable to practice and take lesson notes without mom or dad having to hold their hand to make sure it happens.

-Even if your student isn’t going to play music in college, you will be surprised how much can be learned outside of the organized music class.

Adults

If you are an adult and either picking up an instrument for the first time or getting back into playing after some time off, lessons are a necessity.  In fact, I would make sure you secure an instructor before getting an instrument.  This is good for several reasons.

-Structured practice time

-One-on-one interaction

-Point out technique errors

-Keep bad habits from being learned

-Make sure you work with your teacher

-Someone to keep you accountable

Deciding to “self-teach” can be detrimental because a YouTube video cannot comment and let you know that you’re embouchure or hand position is wrong.  Small issues like that will be very difficult in the long run and retraining yourself will be a hassle.  Lessons won’t be necessary forever, but that one-on-one time can really benefit you and help you stick with it.

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Lessons are a good investment if done at the right time.  Another perspective can help you mature as a musician and also salvage your playing career if you begin to get fed up with your lack of progress.

Percussion

Learning With Your Child

Why you should learn with your child

Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you pick up an instrument and learn with your child (although that would be a great idea!).  I simply mean there are several reasons to take an interest in the instrument your child selects and learn a few characteristics.  It is easy to do and doesn’t take a lot of time.  It will also be fun for you AND your child!

Accountability for practice time

I don’t know about you, but it is a lot easier for me to just nod and say “okay” when someone begins to elaborate or explain a subject I am absolutely unfamiliar with.  The same can go for your child’s practice time.  If you know the basics of the instrument they play and what they are supposed to be working on, it will be a lot easier for you to keep them on track and more difficult for them to brush off practice time which would cause their grade to suffer.

Deeper enjoyment

There is something satisfying about being able to teach your parents something!  As a beginner, a LOT of information is being thrown in your direction.  Think of all you had to learn in kindergarten – tying your shoes, the alphabet, counting, writing…the list goes on!  Beginning band/orchestra is very similar.  You have to learn to recognize notes, read the music, how the notes on the page correlate to how you hold your instrument (because each one is a bit different), etc.  Your child will go from barely remembering the name of the instrument they selected to playing songs on stage in a few short months!  You will be able to recognize the hard work they put into it and all of the practice time you had to listen to will be worth it.

Shows you care

The easiest way to show you care about something is to take an interest in it – even if the interest isn’t at the level of the person you care about.  When you care, your student will work harder because they know you’re watching.  The best way to learn is to teach, so if your child is coming home and teaching you what they learned in band, then their retention will improve.  When music becomes part of their life, they are more likely to stay.

What you should try to learn

Of course this is just a list of a few things to learn, take it with a grain of salt!

  • What instrument your child plays
    • As silly as it sounds, this is a big confusion for a lot of parents!  The instruments have unfamiliar names and it becomes more of a chore when your child plays more than one!
  • The aspect they enjoy the most
    • Ask your student what their favorite part of being in a music program is and then have them tell you about it
  • What is most challenging
    • Great opportunity for encouragement, especially when you notice them practicing what is difficult for them.  Make sure they work on what doesn’t come easy and praise them for it.
  • Have them play their favorite piece
    • With every concert, musicians (even adults!) will have a piece that they like above the rest.  See what piece that is for your child and let them play it for you!

Just some ideas…

Of course, these are just some ideas from an outsider.  You know your child better than I do; I just speak as someone who went through a school music program.  One of my fondest memories is from my college recital.  My mom drove almost 2 hours to come and watch me play.  She helped me get ready and sat right at the front with her iPad, snapping photos furiously.  The majority of the pictures were out of focus, but the fact that she cared so much about what I was doing and so proud of me is what mattered.

Guidelines for Getting An Instrument

I Need An Instrument…What Do I Do?

There are many reasons to purchase (or rent) an instrument.  There are also many different ways to purchase an instrument that come with inherent pitfalls or perks.  Here we will outline some of those so you make an informed decision that is best for you and your family.

Buy or Rent?

 The first question you will encounter is whether to buy an instrument or rent one.  I know your first thought is to run away from the term “rental,” especially when you inevitably look online and see that you can buy an instrument from Amazon or Wal-Mart for $100.  At face value, a rental looks like a terrible investment – I get that.  Let’s delve deeper into the subject.

Rentals

A good rental program will be a Rent-To-Own which means you will own the instrument should your student (or you) decide to stick with it and get through the term length.

Here are some indications of a quality Rent-To-Own program that will benefit you.

  • Return at any time for any reason (not stuck with an instrument not being used)
  • Full coverage for repairs and theft — included
  • Option to exchange for another instrument

This option provides flexibility so you don’t have to feel trapped or have instruments hanging around the house that aren’t being used.  (If this has happened to you, check out our information on best selling practices)

When researching a RTO program, make sure you ask these questions:

  • Is the RTO program done in-house?
    • Some small businesses use a larger company for rentals
    • Using an outside company for rentals takes away some flexibility of the local business you encounter face-to-face
  • Is the price I saw online all-inclusive?
    • Sometimes the online price will bring you to the store then you find out there are extra charges for repair coverage and return/exchange options that don’t come up until you’re filling out paperwork
    • Asking this beforehand will make you better informed
  • Are the repairs done on-site?
    • Quicker turnaround
    • Get a one-on-one experience with the repair staff
    • Adjustments can be made when you pick up your instrument to get it just like you want
  • Qualifications of the repair staff?
    • Being a qualified band (or orchestra) repair technician makes sure your instrument will be in the best playing condition
    • Confidence in the quality of work being done
    • Confidence that your repairman can explain the work needed and why
    • You want someone very familiar with the intricacies of band and orchestra instruments making adjustments

Purchase

Naturally, an outright purchase is going to be cheaper in that you only pay for the cost of the instrument.  It also means any repair cost will be out-of pocket.  If that doesn’t deter you, make sure you research the instrument you are interested in.

Here are some questions to ask when considering an outright purchase:

  • Is it a good brand?
    • In many aspects of life, off-brands are a great idea!  Cost-effective and functional.  Musical instruments are NOT one of those.  A poor quality instrument will only cause issues for the player.  There are too many intricate, moving parts to skimp on quality of materials just for the sake of lowering the price.
    • Poor quality instruments hinder the progress of children in music programs.
    • Check with your student’s music director for an approved brand list, or check our lists here.
  • Who is selling the instrument?
    • You really want to know who you’re dealing with.  It is really easy to just buy something online and ignore the human interaction, but this is an investment.  Buying an instrument for your student is an investment in their musical career (whether or not how long it is).
    • You need a reputable source for instrument sales – just because a business is reputable, it doesn’t mean they are a good supplier for the instrument you need.
  • Is this too good to be true?
    • To answer this question, you will need to research the approved brands provided by your child’s teacher.  One instrument isn’t just as good as another.
    • If you’re looking at an instrument purchase and this thought crosses your mind, you’re probably right.  Instruments purchased online at very low costs are typically designed as a throwaway instrument.  Replacement parts aren’t made, so it cannot be repaired, because the materials are very low quality.

Why does this matter?

I know you will probably think that since your child is just “trying this out” or “just getting started,” it is better to just buy a $100 clarinet online.  Of course, this in conjunction with you will get them a better one if they stick with it.  Unfortunately, this will only make your child struggle.  It is akin to your child telling you they want to try out for the track team, so you give them a pair of flip-flops with the promise of getting them proper tennis shoes if they make the team – it just doesn’t work.

Summary

  1. Do your research – make sure you get the most bang for your buck and make the best decision for your budding musician
  2. Ask questions – it is a company’s job to answer questions for you. If they dance around or ignore inquiries, watch out.
  3. Have fun! – Music is fun for the player as well as the parent. Sure, they will be some time when you want to grab ear plugs, but encouragement and a good quality instrument go a long way!

Reasons to Shop Local

What is the first thing you do when you want to buy a product?  Check online!  Everyone does it (myself included).  With so many marketing strategies geared to making buying easier and quicker, why would you think of looking anywhere else?

Specific Products

A local, specialty shop will typically carry a larger variety of products that will suit your needs.  Big-box stores (even local stores trying to adopt that business model) are going to fall victim to making a selection in order to fit the store.  Meaning they will carry a sampling of a lot of different products.  A specialty shop will carry a unique variety of products within that specialty and can typically order an item not carried on the premises.  Sure, specialty items can be ordered online, but you cannot look at it or get a professional recommendation.

Professional Recommendations

I would say the biggest selling feature of a local, specialty shop is the fact that those in the store are familiar with the product they’re selling!  In our store, for instance, we all went through public school music programs (band or orchestra).  This experience enables us to recommend a product, tell you why, and be able to discuss concerns or questions on a level that you won’t find at other stores.

Dangers of Online Recommendations

I know that there are forums and whatnot online, but that isn’t a person that you can interact with face-to-face.  The internet is full of trolls (people that will just say things to say things and their comments tend to not be completely useful) who will just argue with you.  There are blogs and forums by really intense people that feel very strongly one way or the other and you can’t always get an answer to the question you have.  Specialty stores can give you one-on-one interaction without the hoops of looking online.  In a local business, we know the product and we also know you!

On-Site Repairs

Another benefit to our store in particular is that if you come to us with an issue with your instrument, even if you aren’t sure if the issue is with the instrument or the player, we can fix both!  Any instrument you get online (or occasionally a local all-in-one store) will have to be sent off to be fixed.  If you own a Toyota, you mostly likely won’t drive to a Chevrolet dealership to have them work on your vehicle.  Not because they don’t know automobiles, but because they don’t specialize in your particular model.  Specialty music shops, like ours, are so familiar with the industry we can eliminate issues no matter what the cause!

Community Improvement

When you spend $100 locally, 68% of that stays in the community rather than the smaller percentage that comes with larger retailers (Read that article here).  Local businesses are more likely to give back to the community and spend their money within the community.  Every dollar that stays in the community helps projects, schools, roads, charities, citizens, etc.  Not just the money, but the overall vibe of the community.

What you can accomplish by shopping local

Every Pensacola native knows you need to go to Joe Patti’s for fresh seafood and Apple Market posts conversations with people who always ask to fix their iPhone.  When Apple Market was afraid they would have to close their doors, the community banded together to make sure that family wouldn’t suffer that hardship!  Without spending your money locally, there wouldn’t be any stories like this.  The Palafox Market is held every Saturday.  It is FILLED with local vendors that make a living doing what they love.  You can shake the hand of the person that crafted the item you seek or raised the plants you wish to purchase.  Shopping local is a personal experience.  What places do you visit frequently?

Emergency Availability

Before you worry, this isn’t as dire as it sounds.  However, when you’re headed to a concert and your string breaks, Amazon can’t have it here in time (or install it for you).  When your child texts you from school, frantic because their last reed broke, you need something right now.  Local shops are right there when you need them.  However, if business is only given in the case of an emergency, one day the small business owner will have to lay people off and close the doors.  Your favorite, small grocery store will be replaced with another Wal-Mart.

We care about your experience and rely heavily on your patronage.  We hope to see you soon!

My child joined the orchestra!

Now what?

Whether your child has joined the 5th grade string program at their elementary school or orchestra in middle or high school, there are a lot of things to keep in mind!  Don’t worry – it won’t be too much to take in!

How much is this going to cost me?

Not very much at all!  A good Rent-To-Own program is your best bet for stringed instruments.  The four instruments of the orchestra (violin, viola, cello, and bass) are designed in several sizes in order to accommodate growing players.  It’s the equivalent to buying the right size of shoe for your child.  Under a RTO (Rent-To-Own) program, you will be able to return the instrument (if your student decides not to continue), size up as your student grows, or exchange for a different instrument.

What do you mean?

A lot of students that begin on violin in the 5th grade program expand to one of the other three orchestral instruments when they move to middle school.  Similar to shoe sizing, it will depend on the size of your child rather than age.  More specifically, the stringed instruments depend on arm length (a store that specializes in orchestra will be able to measure your student and get the appropriate size instead of just giving you one).

What if I want to buy one?

If you buy an instrument outright, you will want to have it checked out by a repair shop.  There are a lot of companies (online is one of the biggest culprits) that will sell very low quality instruments at an attractively low price.  A poor quality instrument won’t sound as good, hold up as well, and will have inherent issues.  If your student plays a size other than full-size (violin – 4/4, viola – 16”, cello – 4-4, bass – 3/4), this means you will accumulate different sizes of orchestral stringed instruments as your child progresses.  This is another benefit of a Rent-To-Own program.

If you get an instrument that is too big or too small for your child, learning will be more difficult and often leads to frustration.  You wouldn’t want your child to try out for the basketball team in shoes too big or too small, you want the shoes to fit just right to set them up for success; it is the same concept with the right instrument!

Signs of a quality instrument:

  • Ebony fingerboard and pegs
    • Good idea to visually inspect the instrument.  Some wood is painted black and not actually ebony.
    • Softer woods that are just painted black will actually compress under the tension of the strings. The instrument won’t stay in tune or possibly even stay in one piece.
  • Maple and spruce body (most common)
    • Durable and dense wood
    • Helps produce a good sound
  • Comes in a natural color
    • If you see a “fun” color, run away (blue, red, green, purple, etc.)!
    • Plastic or heavily weighed-down wood (by paint or lacquer) will deaden the sound and ruin sound projection.

Why to invest in a better quality instrument

  1. It will help your child succeed and prevent frustration because of malfunctioning equipment.
    • No instrument is perfect, but getting a quality instrument is a step toward eliminating some of the struggles.
  2. When you invest in an instrument, you’re investing in your child’s musical career – no matter the duration.  Even if your child doesn’t stick with it very long, the overall experience should still be a positive one.
  3. A quality instrument is the equipment needed, just like you need cleats for football and tennis shoes for track.
  4. A low-quality instrument to “get started” is like giving your child flip flops until they make the team.  Learning something new is challenging enough without your equipment not functioning properly.

While the price tag comparison may be a bit of sticker shock, it pays off in the long run and will be the best thing for your musician.

 Is there a lot of extra “stuff”?

Not at all!  You will need rosin, a polish cloth (both of which come with our rentals), the book specified by your teacher, and a shoulder rest if you play violin/viola or a rock stop if you play cello/bass.  Some orchestra directors ask for a folding music stand, which is used for the 5th grade programs and in middle/high school they are used for home practice (occasionally concerts).  It is a good investment even if the director doesn’t require it as it promotes good playing posture.

How do I clean it?

 Luckily, stringed instruments are VERY low maintenance.  As long as you keep it out of extreme temperatures (hot as well as cold – never keep in your vehicle!), all you need to do is wipe it down to keep fingerprints and rosin dust from building up.  You will also have to loosen the bow after every time it is played.  Since the bow has horse hair, the hair will stretch and the bow stick will warp which translates into having to get a new bow.  This also means you need to refrain from touching the hair since the oils from your fingers will ruin the bow hair (dirt and rosin will build up until it is no longer usable).

What is rosin?

I’m glad you asked!  Rosin is tree sap, plain and simple.  It comes in “cakes” (industry term) and is solid (unless you play bass, then it is almost a liquid; very viscous).  Rosin is applied to the bow hair to make it sticky, helping grip the strings which results in sound!  It comes in light (or summer) and dark (or winter).  These are harvested from the same sources, but the difference is all in the name — when they are harvested!  Tree sap extracted in the summer moves quicker and is lighter in color while any taken during the winter months is very slow-moving and dark in color.  Being slower makes it stickier, which is perfect for the instruments with larger strings (viola and cello), but it can also be used on violin; it’s all based on preference!

Are you sorry you asked yet? 😉

Don’t be scared about all of the specifics, Schmidt’s Music is here to guide you through this process and try to make it as simple as possible for you!

What if my child has an allergy?

If you have an allergy, don’t worry!  There is hypoallergenic rosin out there and it comes in fun colors!  You can absolutely still use this rosin (it is a higher quality than just the standard) even if you don’t have an allergy.  In fact, some teachers put it on their supply lists for all of their students!

There are plenty of brands of rosin!  If you’re interested in knowing more, just ask us!

My child joined the band!

What’s next?

           First off, we want to congratulate you on your new musician!  This is the beginning of a fun learning process for your whole family.  Luckily, this article can answer several of the questions you may have and provide you with knowledge to seek answers for any questions not addressed here.

What am I getting into?

              You’re about to embark on a wonderful journey that you can share with your child!  Music is a part of life you can learn to appreciate, even if you aren’t in the class with the instrument in your hands. Band is a wonderful tool for children to learn teamwork and the benefits of a good work ethic.  The National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) wrote an article about some key benefits of music in our schools that you can read here.  Some of the benefits include emotional development, memorization, increased coordination, and disciplinejust to name a few!  Most middle school programs have minimal after-school requirements making working with band very simple.  Sure, the sounds in the beginning will be very cringe-worthy and an ear plug investment might be wise, but their hard work and your encouragement will pay off.  No one smiles as widely as a parent at their child’s first concert – no matter how bad it sounds.

What do I do now?

             In order to make sure your child chooses the instrument best suited for them, sit with a professional that can assist your student with making a sound on each instrument.  Schmidt’s Music hosts a night at all of the area middle schools for this purpose.  At this event, your child has the rare opportunity to try all of the instruments offered in the band program, meet the band director, and meet some of the students they will sit next to in band!  For your convenience, representatives are there to provide rental information so you can have a better idea of what to expect financially.  Don’t worry; we have plenty of sanitizer spray so this will not be an unsanitary experience.

I know this seems like a lot to digest before your child even begins band, but we have compiled and made for your ease a check list for your beginner!  Click to download the checklist!

Is band going to be expensive?

Not at all!  Sure, it will be more than your Netflix subscription, but you’re getting a high quality instrument that will last for years and the instrument that will get your child started on their musical journey.  To set your child up for success, it is important to choose one of the approved brands.  Once the instrument has been selected by your student and approved by the band director, you will need to acquire an instrument.  If you happen to already have an instrument that is great!  If it needs any repair (cleanings, adjustments, etc.) it needs to be serviced at a reputable repair shop.  Naturally, we recommend our repair shop with five full-time repairmen.

Why do I need to clean it?

All wind instruments compile “moisture.”  This is a combination of condensation (the heat of your breath combining with the coolness of the instrument) and saliva.  Lubricants also build up and can create issues if the instrument does not have regular cleanings.  Now, most of the cleaning can be done in a bathtub at your house, but it won’t quite clean everything.

Schmidt’s Music has an ultrasonic cleaning tank.  Basically, it is a tuba-sized jewelry cleaner that uses mild chemicals and ultrasonic vibrations to get in all of the nooks and crannies of your instrument and clean it better than the bathtub!  This is primarily for brass instruments as the build-up is worse for them.  Simply having the tank isn’t enough, you want to make sure it is a professional taking care of your instrument to ensure it lasts as long as possible by taking it completely apart to make sure there is no lingering moisture or lubricant residue.

Ultrasonic cleanings are recommended at least once a year to prevent any permanent repercussions and definitely something you should do if you purchase a used instrument (any of our used instruments have already gone through this process).  Your band director recommends cleaning brushes that help maintain the instrument between these major cleanings, but nothing can substitute an ultrasonic tank. Call us to schedule a repair or cleaning!

Why does the brand matter?

Think of things you buy that you want to last – smart T.V., smart phone, running shoes, etc.  You stick with the brands you know in order for your investment to last the longest.  There are many things out there that our industry calls “instrument-shaped objects” or “ISOs”.  These ISOs very often don’t have serial numbers or replacement parts.  Serial numbers are like VIN numbers on your car; a unique number that the manufacturer stamps on the instrument so if you have a line of trumpets, you can easily identify which is yours simply by checking the serial number.  This number is also useful in recovering your instrument should it be lost or stolen.

 There’s a serial number, but it isn’t on the list!

Having a serial number is just the first step, you also want to make sure that parts for that brand are readily available to your local repair shop.  Even for the most careful child, replacement parts are a necessity.  Reputable repair shops won’t work on instruments that they can’t get parts for in case something breaks that they cannot replace.  Poor quality instruments do this so it is cheaper out the door.  Honestly, it won’t save you any money.  You will pour money into an instrument that isn’t really worth it and spend more trying to make it work like an instrument worth twice as much.  ISOs will also frustrate and hold back your student–ask any musician that has played a low quality instrument.  Not sure if your brand is one of the recommended? Check out the supply list for your school!

How do I get an instrument?

If you do not have an instrument already, a Rent-To-Own program is what band directors highly recommend.  This way, all repairs are covered and you are sure to get an instrument that your band director trusts.  Another benefit is that you are not stuck with an instrument if your student decides to no longer pursue music.  With Rent-To-Own, you simply return it!  We rent both used and new instruments, but used are based on availability.  The only difference will be cosmetic wear, as our used have been repaired and thoroughly cleaned with our ultrasonic tank so you can make sure no germs or mold lingers; they will play like a new one!  Call us to get start your rental!

 How much is this going to cost me?

 The pricing varies based on what instrument your student selects and whether it is new or used.  Flutes, clarinets, trumpets, and trombones are between $30-$40 used and $37-$44 new.  Alto saxophones are around $60 used and as much as $71 new.  Used pricing varies based on cosmetic condition while new pricing is based on the brand chosen.  Click here to view more specific pricingEach band director has a list of additional supplies they recommend in order for your student to have everything needed for the band class.  We will talk more about supplies in a later section.

Okay…what else do I need?

Your band director has also made a list of additional supplies for each instrument (book, cleaning supplies, etc.). These items keep your instrument in good condition and are necessary for the upkeep. This list is available here or from the band director.   All of the supplies can be found at our store and set to be delivered when school begins.  In fact, we have a special program where we will even deliver your rental instrument at no charge!  Typically, you will find a book on the list between about $10-$15, some cleaning supplies, and a folding music stand.  Clarinets and saxophones will need reeds which are necessary to play the instrument, last a couple of weeks, and can get chipped or broken if the student isn’t careful (ALL beginners break a few reeds — it’s normal).  Trumpets and trombones need oil to keep parts moving quickly.  All of these prices can vary based on the instrument and specific brands recommended by your director.  The book, stand, and cleaning supplies are typically a one-time or vary rare purchase.  Consumable items such as the reeds and lubricants (oil, cream, grease) will need to be purchased more frequently, but not every week.

Best of luck on this journey! We are here with any questions you may have!