ideas for music students:
for your students:
for your students:
A NEW INSTRUMENT
A NEW INSTRUMENT: By the time your student is in high school, it is likely that their beginning Band instrument is not getting the job done for them. See Mr. Pitt if you would like brand and model recommendations. Also, consider keeping your student (beginner) instruments for marching and pep band so the nice instrument doesn't get banged up.
MOUTHPIECES - many times a student needs a mouthpiece
that reflects their growth as a musician, or that plays better with the type of
music they are playing. For example, saxophones should really play on a
different mouthpiece for jazz than they do for concert music. If your student
is taking private lessons, talk with their teacher for suggestions. Here are
some standard upgrade ideas:
B45 (with a Rovner ligature)
(with a Rovner ligature)
Alto Saxophone: Jazz - Meyer 5 medium
Classical - Selmer C Star (C*)
Tenor Sax: Jazz - Meyer 6 or 7 medium
or a Berg Larsen
Trumpet: Bach 3C (classical or
jazz), Schilke 14A4A (jazz only)
Trombone/Euphonium: Bach Megatone 6.5 AL or Schilke 51D (I prefer the Schilke, but that's just me....)
PRIVATE LESSONS- a great gift that they can enjoy throughout the year and which will benefit them for life
- Clarinetists should 'step up' to VANDOREN V12 reeds.
REEDS - Clarinetists should 'step up' to VANDOREN V12 reeds.
Metronome or tuner, or even better - one
that has both in one unit! The Korg TM-50
is great, small and under $30. The Korg
CA-30 (tuner only) can be found for under $20!!
The Korg CA-30 (tuner only) can be found for under $20!!
Jazz or Classical CD's - Basie, Ellington, Miles Davis, John
Coltrane, Charlie Parker or any musician that specializes in the same
instrument as your student.
Instrument stands (good for trumpet, sax,
and especially TROMBONES!!! – no more leaning your horn on the front of a
neck straps for sax players (such as Neotech).
* Aebersold Play-Along books for jazz students.
for Trumpets and Trombones. Most all trumpets and trombones will need
straight mutes, and jazz players will usually need Harmon Mutes (available from
music retailers) and Plungers (available from hardware stores), too.
* REED CASES for woodwind players (helps keep your spare reeds 'broken-in' and ready to play