As summer is drawing to a close, many of us are mentally gearing up for the school year to begin. In our last blog, we talked about some of the intellectual, social, and emotional benefits of participating in school music. To follow up with that line of thinking, there are also some practical aspects you need to consider if you’re planning to participate in school music. Just like we want to make sure we have new clothes and shoes for the first day of school, we need to make sure we're prepared for band or orchestra. How can you be ready? How can you make sure that you have everything you need for a successful start this year? Use the following steps as a guide to prepare for the first day of music class.
1. Make an informed decision.
Firstly, you’ve got to decide what instrument you’re going to play. Most music teachers can help you select an instrument that you’ll enjoy and excel at. However, it’s a good idea to think about it before your first day of school. There are 4 different families of instruments to choose between: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Within these families are many different choices. In the strings family, the main instruments to choose from are violin, viola, cello, and bass. There are other instruments in the strings family, however, those won’t usually be played in a school orchestra. The most common beginner instruments in the woodwind family include flute, clarinet, and saxophone. Trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, and tuba are the staples of the brass family. Finally, there’s the percussion family. The percussion family is different from the other instrument families because if you decide to play percussion, you will eventually learn almost all of the instruments in that family! You won’t select just one instrument to play. Think carefully about which instrument interests you most. Look up videos of professional musicians who play these instruments so you can get a better idea of what each one sounds and looks like.
2. Find an instrument to use in class and for practicing at home.
Okay, so you’ve decided which instrument you’d like to play. School has started and your teacher has helped you select the best instrument for you. But now you’ve got to actually get that instrument. Where do you even begin? There are so many different brands and models to choose from. It can seem like a very overwhelming decision. Luckily, that’s where Amro can help make things much easier! One of our best options for beginning musicians is our rental program.
Amro Rental Program
Amro Music has the privilege of serving over 600 school music programs across the Mid-South. With decades of input from music educators, we have designed a rental program that makes it easy and affordable to start band or orchestra on a quality musical instrument. Our plan offers the best opportunity for success at an affordable monthly rental rate. As a result, more directors recommend Amro Music and more parents select Amro Music for their child's instrument rental than all other music stores in the Mid-South combined. With our rental program, you can be sure that you’ll receive an instrument that has been checked and adjusted by on-staff technicians and is guaranteed appropriate for school band or orchestra.
If you live locally, you can come by the store anytime to get started with the rental process. If you’re further away or don’t have time to drive into town, no worries! Our educational representatives may be hosting a rental meeting at your school. Check with your band or orchestra director to find out the date and time of your school’s rental meeting. At the meeting, you’ll get everything you need to start off successfully. We’ll bring the instruments, music books, and accessories for you. This will also be a great opportunity to ask your representative questions.
Some of the features include:
- Access to quality, name-brand instruments
- Free exchange to a larger size for orchestra instruments
- No security deposit
- Low monthly rental payments with a 2-month minimum
- 12 months of rental credit can be applied toward the purchase of your rental instrument or a step-up instrument
- Largest inventory of instruments and supplies available in the Mid-South
3. Get the accessories you need.
So now you’ve figured out how to get your instrument, but what about everything else? You need your music book, strings, reeds, accessories, and a case too. When you rent from Amro, you don't just get an instrument. You get an all-inclusive package that includes the accessories and lesson book your music teacher selected and the bow or mouthpiece that matches your instrument. You also get a really nice case that protects your instrument and allows you to store some of your accessories.
4. Be prepared if something happens to your instrument.
What if something happens to your instrument during the school year? We thought about that, too! If you rent from Amro, you receive our Maintenance & Replacement plan. This plan covers your instrument if it's damaged, lost, or stolen. You’ll also have access to regular repair service at your school. Your Amro Educational Representative will come to your school on a regular basis during the school year to make sure the instruments are playing properly and to take care of any problems. You also receive priority on any needed repairs or adjustments.
If you have any other questions about getting ready for the first year of school music, including questions about Amro’s Rental Program, you can check out our FAQ page or call in to the store at 901-323-8888.