As musicians, our instrument is the most important thing (besides practicing!) that we will choose. Depending on the type and quality of the instrument, prices can range from just a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. The good news is that there are many different types of instruments available at various price points.
The first thing to consider is whether the musician would benefit from renting before purchasing. Often, this is a great choice for a younger student who is unsure if he wants to continue with his chosen instrument for an extended period of time. Renting will give him time to “try out” his chosen instrument before making a decisive investment.
As for purchasing, instruments can be found new and used. Brands and models vary, and it is often easy to find the more popular instruments on the used market. More obscure instruments may require purchasing from dealers or ordering from manufacturers directly. It is
always best to confer with the teacher or instructor before making any purchase, whether new or used, in-person or online.
For the beginner musician who wants to try playing an instrument without making a major financial commitment, there are plenty of lower-priced “beginner” models available. These often come with everything needed to get started, while also providing decent sound quality for a relatively low price. The beginner musician should consult his teacher or instructor on what models would be adequate to achieve his goals. Be aware that there are “cheap” instruments online that may seem nice, but the quality is lacking. These instruments will not last and are not worth the investment.
Alternatively, the musician looking for higher quality, professional-sounding instruments may want to invest in a more expensive model. These typically will be made of better materials and feature upscale components that result in a superior sound. They also tend to be more durable than their cheaper counterparts and therefore have the potential to last longer.
Take the time to research and consider all options before making an instrument purchase. It is possible to find the perfect instrument that fits the individual’s budget while still providing good sound quality and durability. At Lakeside School of Music, we advise all students to consult their teacher or instructor to discuss what option would be best for them to achieve their musical goals.
A native of Florida, Cindy grew up with a rich family history of music. Starting with piano at age 9, she added flute and other instruments to her repertoire in junior high. She made all-county band and played piano for her school’s jazz band and show choirs. Throughout her teen years, she also had opportunities to perform in her local community in churches, assisted living facilities, plays, and productions. While pursuing her college degree in education, she traveled as the pianist for a college-sponsored singing group in 48 states over five summers. She has now been teaching music, including instruments and voice, since 1995. She has instructed students of all ages and skill levels, and many of her students from decades past now are teaching their own music students.