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STUDIO REQUIREMENT FOR ALL STUDENTS:
The student must own or rent the instrument of their study prior to starting lessons. Parents often want to discover how dedicated their child will be to the study of their instrument which often includes not purchasing an instrument until the child displays genuine dedication towards their desire to learn. The parent will often wait 3 to 4 months before purchasing an instrument. Although this seems to be a time tested way of approaching many aspects of life, this does not work when studying a musical instrument.
Think about it: If a child wants to play soccer, do you send him to the games without practice and equipment? Do you instruct your child to read the "How to play Soccer" book, watch some games on the internet, check out some You Tube videos, and sit down to talk with the coach once a week for 30 minutes? Then expect them to improve and be prepared when they enter the game. The student then informs their coach they didn't practice since they do not own the equipment. This may cause ill feelings and embarrassment about their achievements and the sport. Ultimately, the student will lose interest and find something else to do.
Drum students, we have drum sticks for sale for you to own. Voice students already have their instrument but may need to own a cd playing device so they can listen to their music.
Where to obtain an instrument:
1. Ask your teacher to recommend a beginner's instrument within your budget.
2. Visit a music store such as Playground Music or Leitz Music (Fort Walton Beach or Panama City Beach), there you can purchase or rent a new or used instrument. Yes, you can even rent a piano for around $40 a month.
3. On the Internet: once you have decided upon a specific type and/or brand of instrument, check around on line for your best deal.
4. Used on Craig's list. Ask your teacher, a musical friend, or the studio for advice. When using Craig's list, you should check the internet to confirm that the seller is giving you a good price. Sometimes a good deal is not so good. Conventional pianos are often given away for a mere $100 and moving a piano can cost $200. Old antique pianos (1900-1940) are just that, old and not worth moving or repairing.
5. School. The school system often times has instruments available for rent or lending to students such as trumpet, clarinet, flute, guitar etc...This may also mean that the student would have to join "the band".