Instrument Rental Info – Oregon

Instruments We Teach:

What does each instrument sound like and how do I assemble it? What supplies does my instrument need?

Flute                                http://www.scoolspiritband.com/online_flute.htm

Flutes usually come with a cleaning rod in the case when renting or purchasing this instrument. Just wrap a soft lightweight cloth around the rod and gently push through flute after each playing session to get rid of moisture. Flute playing position is holding the head joint opening to your lips and holding the flute body to the right side of your body.

Clarinet                          http://www.scoolspiritband.com/online_clarinet.htm

Students need to purchase a box of #2 clarinet reeds for Beginners. Intermediate/Advanced students will need #2.5 or #3. Reeds are numbered by thickness, #2’s being thinner than the #2.5’s and #3’s. More experienced players can use the thicker reeds since it takes more control and air to get a good sound. Reeds will chip and break over time. If students take care of their reeds and rinse with water (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 remainder at home and add more as needed. Rental instruments usually come with just one reed. You can pick up a box from your local music store or we can recommend these 3 sources to order reeds online :   www.westmusic.com  or  www.wwbw.com or www.amazon.com

Alto Saxophone                     http://www.scoolspiritband.com/online_sax.htm

Students need to purchase a box of #2 alto saxophone reeds for Beginners. Intermediate/Advanced students will need #2.5 or #3. Reeds are numbered by thickness, #2’s being thinner than the #2.5’s and #3’s. More experienced players can use the thicker reeds since it takes more control and air to get a good sound. Reeds will chip and break over time. If students take care of their reeds and rinse with water (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 remainder at home and add more as needed. Rental instruments usually come with just one reed. You can pick up a box from your local music store or we can recommend these 3 sources to order reeds online :   www.westmusic.com   or  www.wwbw.com  or  www.amazon.com

Trumpet                         http://www.scoolspiritband.com/online_trumpet.htm

Trumpets have three valves numbered 1-3 from mouthpiece out towards bell and you will need to learn how to add the valve oil included in your case to keep them working smoothly. Each valve is cut to fit only in its original space. So in other words, #1 doesn’t right into #2 slot and #2 won’t fit correctly into #1 slot. When you add valve oil, lay the trumpet carefully on a flat surface on a towel and carefully  take each valve out, keeping them in order! To replace you’ll need to twist and click valve back into place  with most brands.

Trombone                       http://www.scoolspiritband.com/online_trumpet.htm

Trombones come in a large case which opens out flat, one side holds main body of horn with the bell and the other side holds the slide. You will need to learn how to add the slide oil included in your case, to keep your slide moving easily when playing.

Drums                       https://museband.com/snare-drum-video-instruction/

Drummers need a Drum /Bell kit, which includes Snare Drum and Xylophone Bells with stand, practice pad, sticks and mallets. 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.

Other Supply 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 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: www.westmusic.com or www.wwbw.com

Why do we recommend renting an instrument first, instead of purchasing?

Before investing in any instrument, you’ll want to make sure 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 cheaply made instruments out there and many repair shops will not work on these when something breaks or it needs maintenance because they cannot get parts that fit correctly. Especially beware of Craig’s List used instruments or garage sales, etc. Sometimes a great instrument is a lucky and inexpensive find but more often than not there is lots of repair that has to be done before the instrument is in proper playing condition, ie: corks and pads replaced, sticky valves and slides, missing pieces, instruments made with plastic parts which are not replaceable, etc.

Most importantly, we want your child to get a great start on an instrument that works well consistently so they get the best possible experience. If the instrument is struggling, your child will also be struggling to get a sound and play notes easily. We also don’t want our parents to lose money in a poor investment. Once you know your student is into the instrument and enjoying playing, then we do recommend buying. We can help you find a used instrument or direct you where to find a new well made instrument from local shops we’ve worked with for years. There are lots of options!

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

How do I help them choose?

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! 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. We also offer Instrument Petting Zoos in September and private appts. in August to help kids find the instrument that fits them best (more info on this below).

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.

Where do we rent an instrument if my child already knows which one they want to play?  If your child knows what instrument they want to play, we offer several options to rent.

About our Rental Program:

MUSE offers instruments for rent as a convenience for our parents. We are an affiliate for N.E.M.C. (National Educational Music Co.), an instrument rental company we’ve used for over 15 years. We like their instruments because they are good quality student instruments which they keep them well maintained, rental prices are reasonable and current with other local shops, and they offer a damage waiver to cover maintenance during rental plus coverage for loss, theft, damage & fire for very little cost. These instruments, if not new, look like new and make students feel proud to be playing such nicely cared for instruments. In addition, NEMC applies 85% of your rental payments towards purchase should you decide to do so.  You are not obligated to purchase and can stop renting at anytime.  If you need to return an instrument, please make an appt. by emailing Teri at info@museband.com to set up a time.

Our Rental Costs: (contracts through NEMC)

Group One:

Flute, Clarinets, Trumpets, Trombone, and Drum/Bell kits…..$27 per month (without damage waiver)

$33 per month (with damage waiver)

Damage waiver HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for this age of students we teach and to protect parents in case of damage or unexpected loss. Waiver covers covers maintenance during rental, loss or damage, theft, fire and flood. Waiver can ONLY be added at initial time of rental agreement.

Initial payment( 2 month initial trial) with damage waiver: $27+6 (damage waiver) = $33

Subsequent monthly payments (after 2 month trial period) = $33

Group Two:

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

$51 per month (with damage waiver)

Damage waiver HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for this age of students we teach and to protect parents in case of damage or unexpected loss. Waiver covers covers maintenance during rental, loss or damage, theft, fire and flood. Waiver can ONLY be added at initial time of rental agreement.

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

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

To rent from NEMC through us, you can go to the following link to set up your account and reserve an instrument:

http://www.nemc.com/muse-inc/

When you reserve online with NEMC, we also get a copy of your order. The instrument will then be shipped to M.U.S.E. or we may already have one available in our stock.  If you could email us after you reserve your instrument online, then we can set up an appointment to pick it up at our office or at one of our Instrument Petting Zoo Events in September. Our office hours are varied so it’s best to email us to set up a specific time for you! We don’t want to miss you if you just drop by our office and we’re not around. Please email Teri at our M.U.S.E. Office email address :

info@museband.com

Other Rental Options:

You are not obligated to rent from us. We offer this only as a courtesy to our parents to make it easier. We can also recommend renting through several reputable local music stores :

Tigard Music – 11579 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard (Fred Meyer Shopping Center)    (503) 620-2844

Beaverton Music – 12630 SW 1st St., Beaverton (DT)                                        (503) 643-5431

Portland Music Company – 2502 NE Broadway St., Portland 503-228-8437, 12334 SE Division St., Portland – 503-760-6881, & 10075 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton  (503) 641-5505

Wally’s Music – 607 Washington St., Oregon City                                              (503) 656-5323

Village Music – 18550 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha                                               (503) 292-4311

Beacock Music – 1420 SE 163rd Ave., Vancouver, WA                                        (360) 694-7124

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.

Instrumental Petting Zoos

What is a petting zoo event?  (See Events calendar for dates and times in September)

Each fall in early to mid September, we offer a couple weekend days where students can actually hold and make a sound with any or all of the instruments we teach. We usually do one event on the east side of Portland and the other on the west side. Parents are welcome to bring your child to either event as we know the weekend schedule of sports and other commitments is very busy. This opportunity helps kids choose the instrument that best fits them. Even if your child knows what they think they want to play, this chance to hold and get a feel for the instrument helps them be sure about their choice. Sometimes they change their mind and choose a completely different instrument they are more comfortable with. Some students want to try and then think about it. We have found this tool is a great way to help kids feel confident about their instrument from the beginning. Our teachers are there to help each child with the instruments they are interested in. We also bring instruments to rent for parents if you decide you want to rent from us.  However, no one is obligated. As we get closer to September, our new Events Calendar will be updated as we confirm the space & times. Both events are usually very popular and well attended by our beginner students and parents.

A few other details you’ll need to know:

What is the time commitment for practicing? What events are required?

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 and a designated spot to do their practicing. 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 (see our MUSE billing policies under “Sign up for MUSE”). 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 are benefits your child carries over into their school work from learning music. If your child’s interest starts to waiver or they reach a point where they are having a hard time, please contact your MUSE instructor and he/she will be able to give you some helpful suggestions. We also are available to help if need be. Just send us an email!

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

You’ll need to email Teri or call the office to make sure you took the damage waiver when you first rented it from us. We usually send all our parents to Tigard Music as we have an agreement with them to repair our NEMC instruments and bill us IF you have the damage waiver approval and it’s under the agreed $ amount covered by NEMC. We have worked with Tigard Music many years and trust their repair shop. Bryant knows the owner personally and takes his own instruments to them for routine maintenance and repair.

Tigard Music is open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm, which helps a lot of our busy parents.

If you notice or the teacher lets you know your child’s instrument needs maintenance or repair, try to get it in as soon as possible! Many repair shops have a line up for repair and the beginning of the school year and the end of year are very busy times for repair – fall because all music programs are getting started, including middle school and high school bands, and spring because many schools are  performing musicals, end of year concerts, etc. So remember, you may not be able to get the instrument repaired quickly if you wait until you are in a time crunch. Plus, your student may miss valuable time practicing and playing in class. Please note: We don’t usually have a loaner instrument available.

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. Remember when you return, it cancels the contract and also any % of your payments toward future purchase. Most parents of beginning students aren’t focused on buying yet but its something to consider if you child really gets attached to the rented instrument. If you do need to return your NEMC instrument to us, you’ll need to make an appointment with Teri or Bryant by emailing us at our office email:  info@museband.com

Our office hours vary as we are a business office not a music store and we have to work around our teaching & event schedule. We try our best to accommodate our parents’ needs, whether it be meeting in the evening or daytime. Please email us to set up an appointment time before dropping by to return an instrument. We’d hate to have you drive all the way to our office and miss you!

Please do not leave your rented instrument at the school office or with your MUSE teacher. We tell our teachers not to take instruments as they cannot be responsible for your instrument and they do not come to our office on a regular basis each week so it might not get turned in to us in a timely manner. The instrument contract is between you and NEMC so until the instrument is returned to Teri in the office, the payments will be charged by NEMC and the instrument is your responsibility, just like when you sign a contract for anything else you rent. This procedure protects you and the instrument. When Teri checks in the instrument online at the office, you know for sure we have it and you are no longer responsible. Also, PLEASE DO NOT leave your instrument with any of our office space neighbors if you come to our address without an appointment and we are not there! Our business neighbors are good people but they cannot be responsible for your instrument. We thank you for understanding and following these return requirements.

Our MUSE Office will be CLOSED for Summer Break from June 26th – August 12th.

Our new Fall 2019 NEMC instrument shipment should be available for rent online after August 18th.

You will need to email us for pick-up appointment time starting week of August 26th.