Student Supply List

  • Instrument
    • Instruments may be rented or purchased. Renting is highly recommended.
    • Order your child's rental instrument as soon as possible!
      • If you want your child to take private lessons over the summer for a head start, please request that your child's rental be delivered immediately.
      • Otherwise, the instrument will be delivered to the school sometime before September.
    • If you have decided to purchase an instrument for your child, already own an instrument, or would like to discuss a financial concern, please contact Ms. Nichols.
       
    Method Book
    Your child will need a copy of Accent on Achievement: Book 1. A copy of the book is included with all rentals from The Music Shop and Music and Arts at no extra cost. If you are not renting your child's instrument, you can purchase this book online and at most music stores. Percussion students need Accent on Achievement: Book 1 for Combined Percussion.
     
    Folder
    A folder is included with all rentals. If you are not renting your child's instrument, Ms. Nichols will provide a folder. This will keep your child's lesson book, handouts, and sheet music organized all year long.
     
    Music Stand
    A music stand is highly recommended. Using a music stand at home will help your child practice with good posture. Folding music stands are inexpensive, and can be stored away when not in use. There is no need to bring a music stand to school. Stands will be provided during class.
     
    Metronome
    A device or program that will click a steady beat for your child to hear during practice. There are free metronome applications online as well as for smartphones and tablets (just search "free metronome").
     
    Tuner
    A device or program that will display the instrument's pitch and assist your child with tuning the instrument. There are free tuner applications online as well as for smartphones and tablets (just search "free tuner").
     
     
    Flute Accessories
    • Flute players will need a cleaning cloth or swab (a swab has a weighted string attached) to rid the instrument of moisture after each playing session. Cloths for this purpose are sold at music stores, and silk is the best material to use; however, any thin, soft cloth will do. Please, do not use water or cleaning products to clean any part of the instrument!
    • A cleaning/tuning rod is used to check the tuning of the instrument and has a loop at the end to run the cleaning cloth through the instrument. Most flutes come with a cleaning/tuning rod. If your child's flute does not, they can be purchased at music stores. 
     
    Clarinet Accessories
    • All clarinetists will need reeds to play. A box of 10 reeds should last the school year, if cared for properly. The following brands and strengths are recommended:
      • Rico 2 1/2
      • Rico Royal 2 1/2
      • Juno 2 1/2
      • Vandoren 2 (these reeds run harder than the other brands)
    • A reed guard, which holds and protects two or more reeds at a time, is not required, but will help your child's reeds last longer.
    • A swab (a cleaning cloth attached to a weighted string) will be necessary to rid the instrument of moisture after each playing session. Rental instruments include a swab. If your child's instrument does not have a swab, they can be purchased at music stores. Silk is the best material to use, but they also come in microfiber and felt varieties.
    • A mouthpiece brush will keep your child's mouthpiece clean with warm water and a little dish soap. Please, do not use water on any other part of the instrument!
    • Cork grease is used to lubricate the cork on the clarinet's tenons. If cork grease is not regularly applied, the corks could get stuck or break. Cork grease is included with all rentals. If your child runs out, extra cork grease can be purchased at music stores. 
     
     
    Saxophone Accessories
    • All saxophonists will need reeds to play. A box of 10 reeds should last the school year, if cared for properly. The following brands and strengths are recommended:
      • Rico 2 1/2
      • Rico Royal 2 1/2
      • Juno 2 1/2
      • Vandoren 2 (these reeds run harder than the other brands)
    • reed guard, which holds and protects two or more reeds at a time, is not required, but will help your child's reeds last longer.
    • swab (a cleaning cloth attached to a weighted string) will be necessary to rid the instrument of moisture after each playing session. Rental instruments include a swab. If your child's instrument does not have a swab, they can be purchased at music stores. Silk is the best material to use, but they also come in microfiber and felt varieties.
    • A neck cleaner is a small brush/pipe cleaner that will fit through the neck of the saxophone, which has a smaller bore than the body of the instrument.  It can also be used as a mouthpiece brush to keep the mouthpiece clean with warm water and a little dish soap. Please, do not use water on any other part of the instrument!
    • A neck strap should be included with your child's instrument. If one is not, please contact Ms. Nichols for some recommendations. 
    • Cork grease is used to lubricate the cork on the saxophone's neck. If cork grease is not regularly applied, the cork could get stuck or break. Cork grease is included with all rentals. If your child runs out, extra cork grease can be purchased at music stores. 
     
     
    Trumpet and Euphonium (Baritone) Accessories 
    • Valve oil should be applied weekly to lubricate the valves and minimize wear. Valve oil is included with all rentals. If your child runs out, extra valve oil can be purchased at music stores. (Highly recommended: Hetman #2 Valve Oil)
    • Slide grease/oil is used to lubricate the tuning slides. (Highly recommended: Hetman #4 Light Slide Oil, Hetman #8 Tuning Slide Grease)
    • A cleaning cloth can be used to keep fingerprints and dust from damaging the instrument's finish.
    • A mouthpiece brush will keep your child's mouthpiece clean with warm water and a little dish soap.
    • A snake brush and a valve casing brush can be used to clean the inside of the instrument. These are not required in your child's first year, but will be necessary for maintenance later on. 
     
    Trombone Accessories
    • Slide cream should be applied as needed to lubricate the slide and minimize wear. A kit containing slide cream, a slide treatment, and a spray bottle (to be filled with water for misting the slide as it slows down) is included with all rentals. If your child runs out, these products can be purchased at a music store.
    • Tuning slide grease is used to lubricate the tuning slide. (Highly recommended: Hetman #8 Tuning Slide Grease)
    • cleaning cloth can be used to keep fingerprints and dust from damaging the instrument's finish.
    • mouthpiece brush will keep your child's mouthpiece clean with warm water and a little dish soap.
    • snake brush can be used to clean the inside of the instrument. A snake is not required in your child's first year, but will be necessary for maintenance later on.  
     
    Percussion Accessories
    Your child's bell kit comes with everything required in the first year: drum sticks, mallets, glockenspiel, practice pad, and instrument stand hardware.