Obtaining an Instrument

Learning to play a musical instrument is a very exciting endeavor for your child.  His or her instrument needs to be in good working mechanical order.  As for obtaining an instrument, most parents rent musical instruments from one of our local music stores.  If you choose not to rent an instrument, purchasing a used instrument is also an excellent option.  If you are going to purchase an instrument, please consult Mr. Grogan or Mr. Rikard for consultation on this.  We do not want you to waste your money or potentially get ripped off.  A poor quality instrument will only frustrate and demotivate your child, therefor wasting your investment.

When shopping for an instrument, here are two general rules of thumb:

  1. If the instrument is a color other than silver, black, or gold, STAY AWAY!
  2. If it is a brand other than the ones listed below, please consult with us:
  • Artley
  • Bach
  • Buffet
  • Conn
  • CB Percussion
  • Fox
  • Gemeinhart
  • Holton
  • Jupiter
  • LeBlanc
  • Loree’
  • King
  • Pearl
  • Selmer
  • Vito
  • Yamaha

The in-town music stores include:

For some very helpful advice on renting and purchasing instruments, click HERE.

School-Owned Instruments

School Instruments are defined as instruments that belong to Barber Middle School. School-owned instruments are provided for the larger instruments like the tuba.  We have a very limited supply of school-owned instruments among the other instruments that are available to families that demonstrate financial need.  These are on a first come/first serve basis.  If the child is using a school owned instrument, the family is responsible for all repairs (outside of normal wear and tear) and is responsible for obtaining all of the materials on this list (minus the actual instrument that is supplied by the school).


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