When Should I Get An Instrument Upgrade?

When is the right time? There are so many benefits to an intermediate or professional instrument, but you want to consider the musical goal of your student.  It is always best to bring the student to try out instruments before purchasing one — most music stores offer this service.  Select the picture that best fits […]

How To Sell Your Used Instrument

It seems that we all end up with instruments that are no longer in use, but don’t know what to do with them.  As a local music store, it is probably one of the most-asked questions.  “What should I do with this?” My child doesn’t play anymore If your child decided to quit band/orchestra, it […]

When Do I Clean My Instrument?

Your instrument is like a pet; you need to feed it regularly with practice time and clean it so it won’t stink up the case.  So, when should you clean it?  What signs should you look for? Brass Instruments Your mouthpiece is something you should clean once a week.  Warm, soapy water with your mouthpiece […]

Am I Too Old to Start Playing?

We hear this question a lot at the store (or at least a variation of it).  Adults will be drawn into the store by all of the instruments, wander around, and then say something to the affect of “I always wanted to learn to play, but it’s too late to start.”  This is absolutely not […]

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 […]

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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 […]