Instrument Rentals


M.U.S.E. has one of the best rental programs in the area for "band" instruments!!

If your Child knows what he or she wants to play:

If your child knows what instrument they want to play you can go to the following link to reserve and instrument. It will be shipped to M.U.S.E. and you can either make an appointment to pick it up at the M.U.S.E. office or at one of our Petting Zoo events below. We do not have regular office hours so you need to email to make an appointment. Students do not have to have their instrument for first day. If you do have one, bring it that first day.

If your child is uncertain what to play:

Instrument “Petting Zoos”: These sessions are to give students a chance to try different instruments. There are two events on each side of town scheduled. If you cannot make it to those we have a few days at our office that you can make appointments for.

Instrument Petting Zoo

West Side Location

Sunday, September 17,  2017

  1. Time: come by anytime between 3pm-5pm. No R.S.V.P. necessary

  2. Location: Holy Trinity School 13755 SW Walker Rd Beaverton

East Side Location

Saturday, September 16, 2017

  1. Time: come by anytime between 9:30am-11:30am

  2. Location: St. Rose School 5309 NE Alameda

If the dates above in Sept. for our “Instrument Petting Zoos” don’t work for you, we will have the M.U.S.E. office open for students to try instruments and rentals during these designated times. Please email us to reserve a 15-20 minute time block.

In office Pick up or try out of instruments

Tuesday, Sept. 5th from 5:00-7:00pm

Wednesday, Sept. 6th  from 5:00-7:00pm

Friday, Sept. 8th from 5:00-7:00pm

Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10:30am-12:30pm

Monday, Sept. 11 from 5:00-7:00pm

Email us at to reserve a time. 

We are located near Washington Square in Tigard 10240 SW Nimbus Ave Suite L-13 Tigard 97223

About the rental program.....

M.U.S.E. has quality student instruments, at very affordable prices. These instruments, if not new, look like new and make students feel proud to be playing such a good looking instrument.  In addition, our rental program applies 85% of rental payments toward purchase. You are not obligated to purchase and can stop renting at any time. Please note: drummers need a drum/bell kit which we have available. Drummers learn both tunes bells (small xylophone to learn melodies) and snare drum.

Rental Costs: (rentals are through NEMC)

Group One:

clarinets, flute, trumpets, trombone, and drum/Bell kits.............$26 per month (without damage of loss coverage)

With damage waiver (covers loss or damage, fire, theft, and burglary) add $6 per month-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Total with damage waiver is $32 per month. You must add damage waiver at time of rental.  You cannot add damage waiver later.

Initial payment( 2 month initial trial) with damage waiver: $26+6=$32.00

Subsequent monthly payments (after 2 month trial period) =$32

Group Two:

Alto Saxophones ..................................................$43 per month (without damage waiver)

With damage waiver (covers loss or damage, fire, theft, and burglary) add $8 per month-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Total with damage waiver is $51 per month. You must add damage waiver at time of rental.  You cannot add damage waiver later.

Initial payment( 2 month initial trial) with damage waiver: $43+8=$51

Subsequent monthly payments (after 2 month trial period) =$51

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, 3-5 days a week. We like to set a 3 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:

  1. 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 through M.U.S.E. at one of our instrument rental events. 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 also 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.


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.


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). M.U.S.E. rents drum/bell kits, all in one carry bag that has either wheels or shoulder straps. The cost of this kit is the same as a trumpet, clarinet, and flute.

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. We require that students have both the bells and drums.

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We highly recommend NOT Purchasing an instrument right away. There are two reasons:

  1. 1.You don’t know if your child will take to the instrument they choose. Teachers can usually tell within 3-4 weeks if the instrument your child chose is giving them problems. If so, they might recommend a different instrument.

  1. 2.There some really badly made instruments on the internet that can look like a bargain but are not. Most parents do not know what brand to look for. The low quality new instruments advertised at really low prices are usually junk. Repair shops won’t even touch them. We recommend renting first and really taking the time to find a good used instrument.