Choosing an instrument is among the first steps in a child's musical journey. Instruments vary in size and quality and selecting the right one will make the learning experience easier for both teacher and student. Here is a list of resources that offer a variety of violin renting or owning options. Our program instructors are more than happy to help guide you in this process.
Rent or Purchase Online
SharMusic.comis a trusted supplier of string family instruments, bows, sheet music, cases, strings and accessories, and a favorite with our MusicLIVE teachers.
Click here to see their selection of beginning level violins to purchase, ranging from $170 - $389 including the case & bow. For beginners, we have also good results with the Shar Standard violin outfit, (violin, bow, case, rosin) which rents for $17.99 per month. They have a very good rent-to-own program where you can accumulate equity as you pay, and trade up sizes as needed.
Rent or Purchase Locally
Kline Music: SacIMA's preferred music store in the Sacramento region. Let them know you are our student! They have a large selection of sheet music and accessories. Located at 2200 Sutterville Rd. in Sacramento, near City College.
Tims Music: Student instrument rentals. Let them know you are a student of ours! NOTE: their new location is 6818 B Fair Oaks Blvd. in Carmichael. 916-925-9160
Music Stands: Every musician will eventually need a music stand! Solid desk stands are best.
Manhassetstands are the industry standard. Pros: they hold a ton of music, are very sturdy, and will last forever. Every musician should have one eventually as their main music stand. Cons: exensive, don't travel well.
Peak music stands are also great as they are solid but lightweight and travel very well. Every musician needs a travel stand, and this one can serve double duty as a main
Tuners & MetronomesThere are smartphone apps work really well, as long as the student has access to them whenever needed. There's nothing like the old-school version though to get the job done!
Tonal Energy - Ms. Ingrid's favorite, because it tunes in perferct 5ths and has a great metronome. And a happy face when you're in tune!