Loaning and purchasing instruments

Loaning and purchasing instruments

Some instruments are available for loan for a short time while others are available for the entire program. We encourage you to purchase an instrument for your child when possible.

  • Classical guitar, electric/bass guitar, violin/viola and percussion: students must provide their instrument from the first class.
  • Saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone, trumpet: may be loaned for the first year.
  • Cello: may be loaned for up to two years.
  • Oboe, bassoon, double bass, harp, euphonium, tuba and horn: can be loaned for the entire period of learning.

The charge for loaning an instrument is $110 per year. This charge covers routine maintenance and repair of the instrument. The fee does not include costs for general usage such as replacement reeds, strings or rosin.

Contact your child’s school to arrange a loan instrument. You will need to pay the loan charge and complete a loan agreement form.

The following guides provide general advice about buying a musical instrument for the first time. Email to consult with your child’s instrumental music teacher for advice.

When purchasing an instrument for your child to start classes it is best to start with a student model. The instrument can be upgraded as your child becomes more advanced.

Some of the things you need to consider when purchasing the instrument:

  • It is important to shop around and compare brands, models and prices. The best place to start is a reputable music shop. Specialist music stores may stock a variety of brands or act as an agent for a specific brand.
  • Once you have found a suitable instrument, compare prices on that brand and model to make sure you have the most competitive price. Some stores may offer a student price, a payment plan or a trial period so you can ensure the instrument is suitable.
  • Make sure you understand the warranty, maintenance and repair options which are available.
  • Instruments hold their value well and be used for many years if they are well maintained.
Guides to purchasing a musical instrument

These guides have been prepared to give general advice to parents who are preparing to buy a musical instrument for the first time.

If you are considering a second-hand instrument you can check with your school or local area to see if any older students are trading up to a more advanced instrument. Other things you may want to consider:

  • Check the service history and warranty period. If an instrument has a good service history or is under warranty will save you on repairs and adjustments.
  • Play the instrument to see how it feels and sounds.
  • Choose a well-known brand.
  • Some stores offer advisory services where they can check the condition of the instrument before you commit to purchasing it.

Make sure you record the serial number of the instrument in case the instrument is lost. You should also arrange instrument insurance to cover the cost of replacement or repair of any accidental damage.

Your child needs to learn how to care for their instrument. Care includes cleaning, regular maintenance and servicing. To help them care for their instrument they will need a suitable carry case and any cleaning materials.

During music classes the teacher will advise what they need to do to keep their instrument in top condition. The teacher will also let you know if servicing or maintenance is needed.