For PORTLAND area parents, you have a several instrument rental options. M.U.S.E. rents instruments supplied and contracted by NEMC (National Educational Music Co.) We are an affiliate partner for their company here in Portland.
NEMC Order Online offers 2 delivery options once you’ve chosen the instrument you want from the six we teach for Beginners – Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion-Drum/Bells. Click “Rent Now” and fill in the following pages of Contact Details, Terms & Conditions, etc. We do recommend taking the optional insurance waiver coverage as we don’t want any of our parents to have to pay out of pocket if your instrument is damaged, needs maintenance, is lost or stolen.
Once you get to the Shipping & Payment page, this is where your shipping choices are:
NEMC Option #1 – “DELIVER TO YOUR SCHOOL” – This means M.U.S.E. will bring your ordered instrument to one of our four “Instrument Pick-up Events” in early September. You will need to check the website for the dates and times that best fit your schedule and YOU MUST RSVP which event you will come to pick up your instrument order – firstname.lastname@example.org
**PLEASE BE AWARE! This DOES NOT MEAN we are delivering your instrument to your respective school! VERY IMPORTANT
NEMC Option #2 – “SHIP TO ADDRESS” – This means the instrument will be SHIPPED DIRECTLY from the NEMC Warehouse to YOUR entered home address. It usually takes about 5-8 business days to be delivered, so make sure to plan ahead. If your student already knows what instrument they want to play, this is a great option, as long as someone is at the delivery address to receive the instrument order from UPS.
M.U.S.E. INSTRUMENT PICK-UP EVENTS –
- Saturday, September 10 from 10:00am-12:00@St. Clare School (Cafeteria) 1807 SW Freeman st.
- Sunday, September 11 from 3:00-5:00pm @St. Pius X school (Youth center) 1280 NW Saltzman rd.
- Saturday, September 17 from 10-12 @St. Rose School 5309 NE Alameda St.
- Sunday, September 18 from 1-3pm @ The Burlingame Space 8423 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland
AGAIN, PLEASE RSVP WHICH EVENT YOU WILL ATTEND to our email : email@example.com. We need to know #s so we can be prepared.
These events can be really helpful for those students who are not sure of which instrument to play. We will have instruments there to show the kids and for parents to rent. In the past we’ve called these “Instrument Petting Zoos” but due to COVID, that had to change.
Option #3 – You can also choose to go to a local dealer to rent an instrument. We have stores listed on the website – https://museband.com/instrument-rental-info-oregon-2/
IMPORTANT! We highly recommend renting an instrument the first six months to a year, instead of purchasing outright. Good instruments are an investment and you’ll most likely want to make sure your student is committed to continuing before you purchase. Once you get well into the first year of classes, you’ll be able to decide if it’s time to look for one to purchase and we can help with that too! The rental instruments are also available to purchase with many companies and often they will credit a percentage towards your purchase.
If you definitely decide to purchase rather than rent, we want to caution you to be very very careful! We always recommend parents go to a reputable store to purchase because you will be supported in case something goes wrong with it. Many advertised new instruments look great online or in discount stores like Costco. However, cheap instruments are often made with plastic parts which cannot be replaced when they wear out or break and most instrument repair shops will not work on them. We also caution parents about Craig’s List & Marketplace, unless you really know instruments. Many listed instruments need expensive maintenance or replaced parts like pads, cork, keys adjusted on flutes, sax or clarinets, etc. It might look like a great deal but I’ve had several parents end up paying a lot more to get these in decent working order. As the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for”. For example, a quality student model trumpet usually runs $800 – 1200. When you see a “new” trumpet advertised online for $150 -300, it’s usually junk. The most important thing is we want your student to get a really good start on an instrument that is in good working order so they have a great experience.