Students need instruments and supplies when taking music lessons. This page will help you understand the process.
Instrument Purchase Plan (IPP)
Students need a quality instrument in order to be successful in their classes. FMI offers a convenient, affordable plan to own your instrument in a year or less. Instruments are high quality and will be delivered to your home or to school. There are no financing or interest fees involved! Return option available – details on the policy and agreement page when you enroll. reputable dealer
If you prefer to rent an instrument long-term – There are rental forms are available on this site. Renting Instruments. Whether you choose our IPP or prefer to rent, please try to avoid low quality instruments often found on places such as amazon and ebay. If you are not sure, call or e-mail your teacher for advice.
Your child must bring the instrument to school on his/her lesson day and must remember to bring it home the same day. Do not leave the instrument at school. Do not store books or music stand in the instrument case because this may damage the instrument.
Instruments should be kept in their cases unless they are being played. Repairs can be costly – we strongly advise that you never leave the instrument unattended on the floor or a chair.
Your child will be taught how to clean the instrument after each use. Most instruments come with some simple care instructions or special swabs or cloths.
Be sure your child has an adequate supply of reeds or oil and a soft cloth in the case. Violinists will need Rosin.
For sanitary and safety reasons, instruments should never be played by anyone except the student who owns or rents that instrument. If you have a problem with your instrument, do not try to fix it yourself! Check with your child’s teacher or call your rental dealer as soon as possible.
Instrument Accessories and Literature
In addition to the instrument, reeds (clarinets and saxophones) valve oil (brass players) and Rosin (violinists), students will need a fold-able wire music stand and a lesson book. These can all be purchased at any music store. For Beginners and 2nd-year players we will use First Songs for Band, Supplementary Workbook and the Intermediate Book all available on this site.
WITHOUT MUSIC MINDS WOULD BE QUIET
The benefits of playing music are indisputable. In young music students, music class is proven to increase I.Q, and enhance learning outcomes. For adults, learning music with online music class protects the brains cognitive capabilities. For all of us, music decreases stress levels and increases happiness. It is no wonder we are so committed to music instruction!