Instrument Rental Info – Oregon

Instruments available to play in our program:



Alto Saxophone 



Snare Drum/Xylophone (tuned bells) Please Note: Drummers must rent both items. Both come in one carrying case on wheels if you order them through us at NEMC

Update: However, Bell/drum kits are no longer avaiable at NEMC. Beacocks music might be your best bet. 
Check List for Parents:
  • Rent an instrument (drummers need to have both snare drum and Xylophone)
  • Purchase a fold up inexpensive Music Stand for home practice (Purchase Link below)
  • Clarinet and sax players need to buy a box of reeds size 2.0(Purchase Links Below)
  • Cleaning kits are nice to have but aren’t required. (Links below)
How to rent an instrument through M.U.S.E. (For Portland area schools) Eugene Schools look below:

If you are looking to rent an instrument, M.U.S.E. can help. For your convenience, M.U.S.E. is an affiliate for NEMC which supplies quality instruments to our M.U.S.E. students as low as $27.50 per month. Your first months rental price covers 2 months (one month free). You have the option to have the instrument shipped directly to you or you can pick it up at one of our Rental Events which are listed below  



We also recommend taking the coverage in case the instrument needs repair. If you choose not to take coverage, please be aware you will be responsible for any maintenance and repairs and any loss for the value of the instrument. 

NEMC Rental costs, ordering an instrument, and instrument delivery and pick up Events in the Portland area “Click Here”
For Eugene area schools (St. Paul and O’Hara) we recommend either going to to Beacocks Music in person or order online:

Beacocks Music

Eugene Location: 791 W 8th Ave, Eugene

Mon-Sat: 10 am- 6pm 541-653-9929

Important message about renting vs purchasing :  

We recommend renting an instrument first, not purchasing. If you are looking to purchase an instrument be very very careful. We always recommend going through a local store to purchase because you will be supported in case something goes wrong with it. Many advertised new instruments online look like a great deal but in most cases they are not.  As the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for”. A lot of these instruments are junk and will fall apart within a year. For example, a quality student model trumpet usually runs $800-1,200. When you see a “new” trumpet online advertised for $150-300, it’s  junk. 


Other stores in the area:

Music and Arts (formerly Tigard Music) 11579  SW Pacific Hwy Tigard 503-620-2844

Beaverton Music 12630 SW 1st st. Beaverton 503-643-5431

Wally’s Music 607 Washington st. Oregon City. 503-656-5323

Beacock Music 1420 SE 163rd Ave. Vancouver 360-694-7124

Music Stands

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 pick one up at a local music shop or order online at: or

Other Important supplies

Alto Saxophone and Clarinet Players need reeds. We suggest to buy a box of reeds size 2 to start with(make sure ALTO sax not tenor) A box of 10 reeds should last them for at least 1/2 of the school year. Clarinet players will want to move up to a 2.5 later in the year. Example:

Clarinet reeds on Amazon

ALTO Sax reeds on Amazon on Woodwind and brass website

Accessories for Instrument Maintenance:

Flute Cleaning Kit

Clarinet Cleaning Kit (includes Thumb pad rest for more comfort)

Alto Sax Cleaning Kit (includes Thumb pad rest for more comfort)

Trumpet Cleaning Kits including valve oil

Trombone Cleaning Kit

What if we already have an instrument in the family? Can we use this for class?

Perhaps you have an instrument in the family, one an older child played or handed down from a parent or grandparent and it just happens to be the one your child wants to play. No need to rent  then, as long as the one you have is in good working order. You need to take it into a reputable music shop to have it checked out and updated on maintenance. It is important that the instrument is in good playing condition so your child can be successful and doesn’t get frustrated if it isn’t working correctly. Many older instruments passed down through families are wonderful gems and well worth any maintenance or refurbishing.

What if my child doesn’t know what instrument they want to play?

Check out our Instrument Demonstration page where actual M.U.S.E. students show new students how each instrument sounds and is played. 

Flute Demonstration                          

Clarinet  Demonstration                    

Alto Saxophone demonstration                  

Trumpet Demonstration                      

Trombone Demonstration                   

Percussion Demonstration (Xylophone and Snare drum)          

The best recommendation we can make is to choose the instrument your child is excited about. It’s important to focus on what they feel good about playing because they’re the ones who will have to practice the instrument and they are more likely to do this if it’s the instrument they choose! 

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 it’s challenges but nothing too hard that cannot be overcome with practice.

What is the procedure if the instrument I rented needs maintenance or repair?

For those who rented an instrument through M.U.S.E., Music and The Arts (formally Tigard Music) is our repair service provider in Tigard. The procedure is to take the instrument in and they will access what needs to be done. If it is over a certain dollar amount, approval of repair will be needed by M.U.S.E. If parents took the coverage, there is no charge for work done.  If work exceeds the allowed repair allowance, M.U.S.E. needs to get approval from the company that supplies us with the instruments before work can be done. If not approved, the instrument will need to be shipped back for repair. This is usually only when an instrument is badly damaged. 

Do we keep renting the instrument over the summer or do we have to return it?

Most of our continuing students keep their instruments over the summer and we hope they get to practice a bit, maybe play music with friends, take some private lessons, play their music for grandparents or relatives, possibly participate in a band camp. We have added special Fun Music on our new website for kids to download and play this summer so we hope you can encourage them to keep playing!

However, some parents want to return the rented instrument and then rent again in the coming fall.

Please do not leave your rented instrument at the school office or with your MUSE teacher. MUSE has nothing to do with the instrument contract you signed with any music shops

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