FAQs Posts

The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Private Lessons

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You have probably at some point heard your student’s teacher, a Paige’s Music sales rep, or even your student mention taking private lessons. There are many factors to consider when deciding upon private lessons and a private lessons teacher. The goal of this article is to help you make an educated decision when it comes to private lessons.

First, you might be wondering, who are private lessons instructors? Private lessons teachers are typically professionally trained musicians who are proficient at one or more instruments. Anyone who is skillful, has a good knowledge of music theory as well as basic teaching methods can become a private instructor. These individuals often teach students ranging from beginner to advanced skill levels.

Next, what do private instructors do? As you can almost certainly assume private instructors provide a one-on-one teaching environment for a student. More specifically, they can focus on playing technique, tonal quality, precise excerpts or music the student might be playing in class or even individual solo pieces for contest. They are able to provide direct and immediate feedback to the student helping them implement the best overall performance standards.

There are a few places where you can inquire about finding a private instructor for your student. Our first recommendation is always to speak to the student’s band or orchestra teacher at school. They may have a preferred list of private instructors they have worked with in the past and would be comfortable referring you. Another place to search is the Paige’s Music website. We do provide a list of private instructors categorized by instrument for your convenience. Private lessons can take place at the student’s school, your home or the private instructor’s home.

Another common question we get asked at Paige’s is when should parents start their students in private lessons? While we would all like to respond with a resounding “NOW”, the answer might not be so simple. It really depends on the student and their needs. For example, if your student is struggling with their new instrument, it might benefit them to get some one-on-one instruction from someone more adept on their instrument. Additionally, many students consider private lessons further into their playing careers as a way of focusing on more specific techniques that sometimes are not covered in general band or orchestra class. Private lessons are often essential for students wanting to participate in solo and ensemble competitions or auditions for outside groups or college. Again, the student’s band or orchestra teacher is your best resource for determining if private lessons would benefit your student.

Finally, why private lessons? The answer is simple, to help your student get better. As discussed before, private lessons provide a professional environment for your student to get focused help with all aspects of playing their band or orchestra instrument. Whether your student is just starting out or is searching for more advanced instruction, there is always something to learn through individual, private lessons.

Should My Bridge Look Like This? – FAQs

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Your bridge is an important component on your stringed instrument.  It is critically important to the sound, and playability.  It is a beautiful thing when it is right and an obstacle when it is not.  A warped bridge is not correct.  Even a slight warp will cause intonation problems.  The front of the bridge gives the impression of a lean toward the tailpiece.  It is shaped this way to give it the correct thickness, weight and to add to the beauty of the instrument. The back of the bridge should be perpendicular to the top of the instrument.

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The bridge can become warped over time, mostly due to the pressure of the strings and the drag of the strings across the bridge when tuning.  It is important to pull the bridge back into the correct position after tuning.  This is especially important when you change strings or when the strings have come completely loose, but straightness should be checked frequently and corrected when it has been pulled out of place.

Straightening a warped bridge is possible up to a point.  A very warped bridge will need to be replaced.  It is preferable to learn how to pull the bridge back into place.  The bridge notches must be smooth and preferably lubricated with pencil lead.   Brace the instrument against your body, grasp the bridge with both hands and pull gently back until it is straight.  The bridge feet should then be flat against the top.

 

If it is difficult to move the bridge, then there is a problem with the string or bridge notches.  Consult your technician to correct this.

Good care will greatly benefit your instrument.  If there are problems, the technicians at Paige’s Music are uniquely capable and happy to help you maintain your instrument in peak playing condition!

Should I Lubricate The Tenon Joint On My Woodwind Instrument – FAQs

One of the questions we get quite frequently is “Should I lubricate the tenon joints on my woodwind instrument?”

If the tenon has a cork, then yes, it should be lubricated with cork grease.

If the tenon has a cork, then yes, it should be lubricated with cork grease.

If the tenon joint has a cork then YES it should be lubricated with cork grease. Just a small amount will do from time to time. Too much can cause the cork to fail. (most clarinets, some piccolos and flutes, oboes)

If the tenons are metal-to-metal (like a flute), then no, they should not be lubricated.

If the tenons are metal-to-metal (like a flute), then no, they should not be lubricated.

If there is no cork and therefore is metal to metal then it should NOT be lubricated. Then tenons are designed to be a slip fit and work without lubrication. They sometimes become damaged, out of round or just become worn and need to be properly re-fit. If you try and use lubrication it will eventually pick up some dirt or a metal fragment and when you put it together can cause serious damage to the tenon. They do need to be cleaned off from time to time by just wiping them off with a clean cloth. If you experience a problem with this type of tenon you need to send it in for repair. (saxophones, bass clarinets, flutes, piccolos)

Do You Have Back-To-School Hours? – FAQs

Back-to-school season is upon us and it always brings up the question of our store hours during the months of August and September.

We don’t have extended hours during back-to-school season, however, we do make some staff adjustments during this time.  We’ll have extra people in-store both during the week and on the weekends to serve our customers more efficiently.  It’s a very busy time at Paige’s but we’re prepared to serve you as fast as we can so the music making can begin smoothly.

Our normal store hours are:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed

If you don’t have time to make it to the store, you can always take care of your rental instrument by visiting our website.  You can read all about our online rental on our post from a couple of weeks ago.  It tells all about our Debut Rental Plan and how you can access it from pretty much any device.

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As always, if you have any questions you can contact us by email at sales@paigesmusic.com or by phone at 1-800-382-1099.

 

Do I Have To Visit Your Store To Rent An Instrument For My Student? – FAQs

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We’re back with a very timely Frequently Asked Question: Do I have to come to your store to rent an instrument for my student?

The answer is no, you do not.

You can visit our website at www.paigesmusic.com and click on the graphic at the top that says: Click Here to Rent Online.  It’s red and hard to miss! (See above)  Go ahead, give it a try.

You can complete the entire process on this page with pretty much any modern device (iOS, Android, phone, tablet, etc.)

We’ll deliver your student’s instrument the next time we visit your school, ship it to your home via UPS, or you can schedule a time to pick it up at our store.

Back to school time is right around the corner, so now is a good time to take care of your instrument rental for the upcoming school year.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact us by phone at 1-800-382-1099 or by email at sales@paigesmusic.com.

School Is Ending – What Do I Do With My Instrument?

As we near the end of the school year, one of the questions on a band parent’s mind is, “What do we do with my student’s instrument?” There are a couple of answers to this, but we can help you answer them.

First, you need to find out if your student plans to play again next year. If the answer to this is “yes” then you don’t need to do anything. Your student will bring the instrument home on the last day of school. This will give them the ability to play it all summer long. There are many online resources that they can utilize to make their playing even better while they are at home. The best part about it is that you student will be able to play whatever music they choose and they will go back in the fall an even better player than they were at the end of May.

If your student has decided that they are not going to participate in the music program next year, we make getting their instrument back to use easy as well. Here is a video that explains exactly how to get it back to us.

And as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Do You Do Instrument Appraisals? – FAQs

We often get asked if we do appraisals on wind and percussion isntruments. We don’t have a certified appraiser on our staff, but we can give you some information that might help you out.

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The closest unofficial appraisal we can do is on a brand and model that we currently carry. We would ask that you either bring the instrument to our store or send it in with one of our District Managers on their weekly visit. We would then have our repair staff evaluate what kind of repairs it would need (if any) and then we could tell you what we would sell that instrument for if it were part of our inventory. This process would give you a market value of what the asking price might be for your instrument if you were to try and sell it on your own.

Brands and Models We Don’t Carry

If your instrument isn’t a brand and model that we carry, then we could still have our repair shop evaluate it for repairs, which is always good to know when selling an instrument. However, we would have a harder time giving you a good idea of an accurate selling price. We do, however, have access to a "blue book" for instruments where we would could look up a value for your brand and model.

Please Call First

It’s worth gathering some information first before you come and visit us. Most of the time an accurate assessment of your instrument requires a repair technician to see it in person. However, your situation might be such that we can give you all the information you need over the phone. It’s certainly worth the time to call us first.

Can I Payoff My Instrument Rental? – FAQs

Did you get some cash for Christmas and want to put it to good use? You could pay off your instrument rental contract early and save!

If you choose, you may pay off your instrument balance in full and save 40% off your remaining balance. You can do this at anytime during your contract. There is no penalty for paying your instrument off early.

To do this, please call our accounting office at 1-800-382-1099.

You can also complete this process online. Please refer to this earlier post that explains how to make a payment on our website.

As always, please give us a call if you have any questions.