Why Parents Should Invest in Better Instruments for Their Kids (Even if they can't play yet)

You're a parent, and you have a son or daughter that wants to sign up for beginning band or beginning orchestra. You talk with the teacher, and they say you have to go out and get an instrument.

The first temptation might be to go online and find the cheapest instrument possible.

You might justify this by saying something like:

"I don't want to spend too much money on something they might not keep up with."

Or something else like...

"My kid doesn't know how to play anyway, so what difference does a more expensive instrument make?"

These are valid concerns. Why would you spend money on an instrument worth hundreds of dollars on a kid with no musical experience?

Here's the thing though: By going the cheap route, you inadvertently could be setting up your child to fail in music. This sounds like the most preposterous statement ever! But hear us out:

The lower price tag on some online instruments might be enticing at first, but with the reduced cost comes reduced quality which can actively discourage a student from playing. They might wonder why all their classmates are "getting it" and question their own musical ability when it's really no fault of their own.

In this article we'll address some concerns and explain the benefits of getting higher quality instruments to help your child succeed in their band or orchestra class.

Higher Quality Instruments Can Be Affordable

The price of a name-brand instrument might be your first cause for concern. At Summerhays Music Center we offer a rent-to-own option for student-level band and orchestra instruments. This includes standard instruments like flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, alto saxophone, violin, viola, and cello.

Most of these instruments cost between $20 and $30 per month to rent (or $30-$60 for sax and cello). All the monthly payments go toward the purchase price of your instrument, so after a certain amount of time has passed that instrument is yours to keep! This makes an otherwise costly instrument very affordable.

But what if my child doesn't stick with it?

That's fine. We understand that music isn't for everyone, which is why we offer rentals in the first place. Should your child decide they don't want to play anymore you can simply return the instrument and end monthly charges per the terms of your contract.