A student should be able to practice on an instrument that facilitates progress. Guitars and string instruments should be fitted to the individual and may need upgrading as the child grows. Piano students may begin on a keyboard for one semester only. After that time, having an acoustic piano is imperative or the student’s technique will suffer and precious instructional time will be lost. The coordinator and teachers will be happy to recommend dealers for new, used, or rental instruments.
Some recommended instrumental rental and/or purchase locations include :
- Fan Guitar and Ukelele, 1215 W. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220, (804)254-4600, http://www.uke-fan.com/
- Wholesale Guitars, 10922 Hull Street Road, Midlothian, VA 23113, (804)745-3434, http://www.wholesaleguitars.org/
- Jan Hampton Violins, 1410 W 43rd Street, Richmond, VA 23225, (804)231-7463, http://www.janhamptonviolins.com/index.html
- Kapeller Violins, 5035-A Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225, (804)233-0791, http://www.kapellerviolins.com/pages/about.htm