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Jun 24, 2017
Charlton Heights Elementary SchoolPashley Elementary SchoolStevens Elementary SchoolO'Rourke Middle SchoolBH-BL High School

Fine Arts: Instrument Choices

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Specific Instrument Information

All students will need the following equipment and materials prior to their first lesson. We request that parents rent or purchase instruments from this list only! The professionals on our staff have found these instruments to be of a high quality and are suitable for elementary age children. Stringed instruments should be rented as opposed to purchased because children will need larger instruments as they grow. Parents who are experiencing financial problems should indicate this on the registration form by checking the box so as to be considered for a school rental. Families eligible for free or reduced lunch will get first priority on school rental instruments. For the development of good posture and breath support, the purchase of a music stand for each child’s home practice is essential! We recommend that instruments be delivered to the school in September so that students may be shown proper handling and care.

Please direct any questions about brand names, price, district rentals, etc. to a district instrumental teacher or the Director of Fine Arts at 399-9141 x.83183.

Woodwinds

Flute

1. Essential Elements for Band, Flute Book 1

2. Music Stand

3. One of the following brands of flutes: Yamaha, Gemeinhardt, Armstrong or Jupiter

No cleaning kit needed. Instrument should include a clearning rod.

Clarinet

1. Essential Elements for Band, Clarinet Book 1

2. Two clarinet reeds 2.5 hardness

3. Handkerchief Swab

4. Music Stand

5. One of the following brands of clarinets: Yamaha, Buffet, Jupiter or Vito

No cleaning kit needed. Instrument should have cork grease and reeds included.

Alto Saxophone

1. Essential Elements for Band, Alto Saxophone Book 1

2. Two Alto Saxophone reeds 2.5 hardness

3. Handkerchief Swab

4. Music Stand

5. One of the following brands of saxaphones: Yamaha, Selmer or Vito

No cleaning kit needed. Instrument should have cork grease, neck strap, and reeds.

Brass

Trumpet

1. Essential Elements for Band, Trumpet Book 1

2. Music Stand

3. One of the following brands of trumpets: Holton, Yamaha, King, Getsen, Bach, Jupiter, or Conn

No cleaning kit needed. Instrument should include valve oil and tuning slide grease. (Cleaning kits may be considered in 5th grade.)

French Horn

1. Essential Elements for Band, French Horn Book 1

2. Music Stand

3. Limited instrument availability from the district, or rent

4. One of the following brands of French horns: Hotlon, Yamaha, or Conn

No cleaning kit needed. Instrument should include valve oil and tuning slide grease. (Cleaning kits may be considered in 5th grade.)

Trombone

1. Essential Elements for Band, Trombone Book 1

2. Music Stand

3. Liquid slide cream and spray bottle for water. No oil.

4. Limited instrument availability from the district, or rent

5. One of the following brands of trombones: Yamaha, King, Holton, Conn or Bach

No cleaning kit needed. Instrument should include slide cream and spray bottle. (Cleaning kits may be considered in 5th grade.)

Baritone Horn

1. Essential Elements for Band, Baritone B. C. Book 1

2. Music Stand

3. Limited provided by the district.

Percussion

1. Essential Elements for Band, Percussion Book 1

2. Music Stand

3. Sticks -- Vic Firth SD1 General

4. One of the following brands of brands/mosels of percussion kits: Pearl PK-900C, Ludwig M-651, Yamaha SPK-275, or Mapex MK-32PC

Percussion kits include practice pad, bell set, stand and case.

Strings

Do not buy 1/2 or 3/4 size instruments as child will soon outgrow it. Rental is the best option!

All string instruments should include: Four fine tuners, horse hair bow (not synthetic), Mulko style chin rest for violin/viola and Dark Rosin

Violin

1. Essential Elements 2000 Book 1

2. Music Stand

3. Everest shoulder rest.

4. One of the following brands of violins: Roth, Glaesel, Lewis, Meisel, Knilling, or Pfretzner.

No care kit or polish needed.

Viola

1. Essential Elements 2000 Book 1

2. Music Stand

3. Everest shoulder rest.

4. One of the following brands of violas: Roth, Glaesel, Lewis, Meisel, Knilling, or Pfretzner.

No care kit or polish needed.

Cello

1. Essential Elements 2000 Book 1

2. Music Stand

3. Xeros end pin anchor.

4. One of the following brands of cellos: Roth, Glaesel, Lewis, Meisel, Knilling, Hermann, Eastman, Suzuki or Schroetter.

No care kit or polish needed.

Bass

1. Essential Elements 2000 Book 1

2. Music Stand

3. Xeros end pin anchor.

4. Instrument provided by district for rental.

No care kit or polish needed.