Instrument Rentals


What Instrument to Choose?

The best recommendation we can make is to choose the instrument your child is excited about. If your child is not sure what to play, take your child to a local store to browse and have the store personnel help you. A common question asked by students and parents is " What is the easiest or hardest instrument to play?" The simple answer is practice. Each instrument has its' challenges but nothing too hard that cannot be overcome with practice.

How much of a time commitment should you plan for in terms of practicing?

Beginning band students should plan to practice 15-20 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week. We like to set a 4 day-a-week minimum. Small amounts of focused practice time and consistency are the most important factors that will guarantee your child's success. The best thing you can do, whether you yourself have musical experience or not, is help your child set up a practice routine. You may even want to come up with some reward incentives for them. M.U.S.E. Instructors do this with "Band Bucks" which are coupons that students can earn for practicing and doing well in class. Students redeem these coupons for special rewards. It is absolutely crucial for students to practice at home. Start structuring their practice sessions immediately. Learning an instrument really starts at home and is reinforced with weekly lessons. A child will not learn an instrument if they only play once a week in class. We also suggest making a commitment for the school year (you are not obligated financially for the entire year-just 3 months at a time). It takes time to learn an instrument. It is also important to make a commitment to the team, your school band. These are life long lessons that help build a strong foundation in your child’s overall education. Discipline, teamwork, and commitment. If your child’s interest starts to waiver or they reach a point where they are having a hard time, please contact the instructor and he or she will be able to give you some helpful suggestions.

Other Suggestions:

Invest in your child’s lessons by making sure they have a Fold-up-wire-music stand. Stands cost in range of $12-18 and can be purchased at any music store or online. Students need to have a good place to set their music while they practice. Laying music down on the bed or on a table creates bad posture and awkwardness in reading the music. Please consider the purchase of a music stand. You can order online at:  or

Clarinet and saxophone students need to purchase a box of reeds. Reeds will chip and break over time. If students take care of their reeds(instructors will talk about this in class), a reed can last 2-4 weeks. A box of 10 reeds would be good to start with. Keep 2-3 reeds in the instrument case and leave the others at home. Rental instruments usually come with just one reed.  You can also order reeds online at:  or

Trumpet and Trombone players need valve oil/slide oil.

  1. Flute players usually have a cleaning rod in their cases when renting or purchasing an instrument. Just rap a cloth around the rod and push through flute after each playing session to get rid of moisture.

  1. Drummers: Drum students need to rent a snare drum. In addition, drum students should have a set of tuned bells (mallet instrument that is usually 2 octaves and is similar to a Xylophone). Some stores have kits that have these two items together. The curriculum that M.U.S.E. has developed starts drummers on the bells for the first few months so they can learn how to read notes and melodies. The instruction book then introduces the snare drum, and by the end of the first year, students have the option to play either drums or tuned bells on any given song or exercise. If you cannot find a bell set, please call the M.U.S.E. Office and we will help you. Starland Music in Alameda has bell kits.

CA: Bay Area Instrument Fair (Hayward)

Best Music will be at the following location with instruments to rent.  They have some of the best prices in town and top quality instruments. Best does ask for 2 credit cards so if you have any issues with this or need to ask them questions call 510-832-2024


Sunday, September 9@All Saints School, Hayward 1-3pm

If you cannot attend this session Best Music will still give M.U.S.E. Students a 20% discount on rental if you come in to their store in Oakland.

We highly recommend that you rent an instrument first, not purchase. Before investing in an instrument, you want to see if your child will make a commitment to his or her lessons. Avoid purchasing Instruments online unless you really know what you are doing. There are a lot of poorly made instruments out there.

Instrument Rental   


Alto Sax




Drums (must get Drum /Bell kit which includes Snare drum and Xylophone)

Music Stores (East Bay)

We recommend Rockin ‘Robbies for our East Bay Parents.  They can deliver your rental instrument to your school or you can come by to our Sept. 9th event at Our Lady of Grace school in Castro Valley  from 2:00-3:30pm and come try an instrument and rent one.  They will have music stands and other supplies that day that you may need. If you can’t make this event, contact Rockin Robbies.  Here are some links for them:

Rockin Robbies (Highly Recommended)



Other Alternatives:

El Cerrito/Berkeley

• Forrest Music  1849 University Ave., Berkeley.....510-845-7178  (Has a school year lease plan)

• Starving Musician 2474 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley........510-841-2648



  1. A & G Music  564 14th St. Oakland.....................................................................510-832-0381

  1. Starland Music Center Drum kits (Snare and Bells) also available which we require if kids are going to play drums )

1631 Park St. ,Alameda .......................................................................................510-523-4797

Hayward area

We recommend contacting “Rockin’ Robbies”



  1. Allegro Music 3115 Walnut Avenue
    Fremont, CA 94538   510-793-3500


Rockin’ Robbie’s East bay Music  1835 Colfax St., Concord.......................925-687-4220 (Highly Recommended)

Lamorinda Music   81 Lafayette  925-385-0963  (Might be a good store for Pinole Parents)

House of Woodwinds   2205 San Ramon Valley Blvd.,San Ramon.....................925-831-8341

C&L Music (has bells)2395 "B" Monument Blvd.,Concord.............................925-686-6122

Spitzer Music * 1931 Market St. Concord .........................................................925-676-3151

Music and More  1808 “A” Street Antioch ........................................................925-778-6206


San Francisco

• Bronsteins Music 363 Grand Ave. South S.F.  650-588-2502


• Inspire Music 1241 Taraval St. San Francisco 415-504-7921

  (Highly Recommended-very good pricing of rentals)

• Union Music 1475 Bush (corner of Bush and Van Ness) S.F.  415-775-6043



Cupertino/San Jose

Starving Musician
3939 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA  95051
(408) 554-9041

Crossroads Music
10564 S. De Anza Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 996-8742

Park Ave Music
1717 Park Ave. San Jose 408-279-5100

Exploring Music
1608 De Anza Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 517- 1177

West Valley Music
262 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 961-1566

Music Village
2971 Union Ave. San Jose  408-377-2504



M.U.S.E. has provided this list for the convenience of its' customers. We acknowledge that there are other stores in your area and that these stores may have similar programs in the Bay Area.