Resources for Teachers

Click on the following links to learn more about:

First Aid For School Instruments

Starting a Private Studio

Our Services at a Glance 

Free Instrument Maintenance Workshops

Teacher Q & A

I am an Orchestra Teacher and want to learn how to maintain and repair instruments. What do you suggest?

We have a free pamphlet Guide to First Aid for School Instruments, which would be an excellent place to start. We also teach courses in our shop on instrument care, and you can let us know you are interested or sign up for our newsletter at the very bottom of this page to be informed the next time we offer a course.

If you are interested in delving more seriously into instrument repair, there are many excellent summer courses which you can easily find searching on the internet.

How can I be sure my students will know my preferences when school starts?

Please contact us to register your preferences and your students will be able go online and see your personalized list of accessories and music books that you want them to have.

What if I use teaching materials that I don't see in the online store?

We try to serve our teachers with their preferred teaching materials; please call or email us and we will be happy to help. Incidentally, your favorites might be in stock, but not yet posted.

Do you visit schools and provide rentals and repair pickups?

This is a growing part of our services and we would welcome your call to see if we can add your school to our list of schools.

How can I find funding to start an electric strings quartet or program in my school?

If your regular music budget cannot help, many teachers use district Technology Grants as the electric instruments have a technological side to their use. Contact us and we will be glad to help you get started. As Yamaha dealers we also can partner with Yamaha to bring a Yamaha Special Educational Development Seminar (YSEDS) to your school to train teachers in the use of electric instruments.

Why should I encourage electric strings in my school?

We have found that electric strings will help you grow your bowed strings program. Let's be honest- lots of kids don't think orchestral strings are cool. But electric strings? Just as cool as an electric guitar!

Students who would not want to play in orchestra will jump at Jazz Band or Alternative Styles programs. Some teachers use the electric quartet program as a plum for their elite chamber music players. Students also want to compose and arrange and motivate themselves because it is their own music.

We could say much more, and if you are interested we would love to help you develop your program. Just give us a call to learn how we might be able to help.