If you do not own an instrument, Fundamental Music recommends that you rent one from a reputable dealer (usually a local music store). A list of stores in your area is available on this site, and will be given out by your teacher.
Available rental forms will also be given at the start of the program – please use a source that offers quality instruments, as this will have an overall impact on a students ability to perform. 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 – 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.
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.
In addition to the instrument, reeds (clarinets and saxophones) and valve oil (brass players), students will need a foldable 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.