Playing in the School Band an Orchestra Next Year? Time to Rent an Instrument!
As the school year comes to a close, many parents are faced with the task of renting an instrument for the following school year. If you are provided with a list and are sent out to rent, you can find a nearby place on your own, that can provide you with everything you need. If you have been already renting for a few years and are on “automatic pilot”, maybe this is a good time to do a little research and make a change- Search for a better deal! Below, you will find a list of considerations for a successful rental experience.
What Beginner Instrument Should My Child Play?
I believe that this is a joint decision, (child, parent, music teacher) but ultimately best left in the hands of the school music teachers, if your child is trying to decide between a few. They know the most about body structure, teeth and jaw shape and finger size and strength, and are experts at recommending an array of instruments.
How Do I know if the Rental Price is Fair?
Compare prices, just like when you grocery shop! But what about those extras? First of all, be sure that you are not paying an “introductory price” that will be more expensive next year when you go back to re-rent. Also, check to see if the insurance is included in the price or if it’s extra. If you are renting in June, July and August should be free, with your September through June rental fee. Students may even want to take a few introductory private lessons over the summer to get acquainted with their new instrument.
How Do I Know That I am Getting a Quality Instrument?
My first recommendation is to find out if the instruments are relatively new, or if the company has been around for a long time and has a reputation of renting out “damaged” instruments, or do they replace in rotation? Check out what other parents and students have to say. Take a look- Everything should look good (no dents and scratches) and all moving parts should move well. Instruments that aren’t working well, due to former abuse can lead to a frustrating beginning on a new instrument.
What if my child grows out of the instrument and needs a bigger size? What if he or she loses the instrument? What if you run out of reeds or grease- Do they have a supply on hand at reasonable costs? What if Johnny steps on my child’s instrument in the band room? If we have to bring it in for repair, how long are we without an instrument? Do you have a free loaner program to hold us over until it’s fixed? What if I don’t like the instrument I have? These are questions YOU NEED TO ASK!
Good luck with your rentals, everyone!
Carol Arrucci is the owner of The Cortlandt School of Performing Arts, A music school for lessons, rentals and retail of instruments.
Located at: 24 Old Albany Post Road, Croton On Hudson, NY 10520
(914) 402-4250, Website: www.CortArts.com, Email: [email protected]