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Instruments for Purchase and Required Lessons’ Books
Music Teacher LA has developed purchase recommendations of popular instruments based on over 30 years of teaching students of different ages and levels of expertise.
🎹 Piano or Keyboard
If you’re looking for the upright or grand piano, please contact our office and we will recommend the right brand, based on your budget, as well as refer you to a local dealer. A good used certified piano will start at $3,000 and new pianos cost $8,000-up.
If you would rather start learning on a keyboard, then the most popular keyboard among our students has been Casio Privia. Please click the above link to purchase or research a similar instrument online. Your keyboard must have weighted keys, a book rest, pedals, and a bench.
Children under the age of 8 will need a smaller size guitar with nylon or training strings. This 3/4 Acoustic Guitar is a great brand and choice for younger beginners.
Adult students will need a full-size guitar for their weekly lessons. If you purchased or inherited a used guitar, that is fine.
Our instructors will tune your guitar at the initial lesson.
If your full-size guitar is missing strings, please purchase 11 gauge strings, such as Elixir Strings.
Violins come in different sizes. Please refer to the chart below to choose your or your child’s right violin size.
Preschoolers and kindergartners won’t need expensive instruments because they will grow out of the smaller instruments quickly and also more likely to break them.
We recommend these inexpensive wood violins for young beginners by size:
1/4 violin and
If you’re looking for a decent professional violin, then you need an instrument in the price range of $500-up, such as this Eastman Violin
Our instructors will tune your violin during the initial lesson.
a. Pads. Students don’t need a drum set to start drum lessons, but a practice pad is required. Practice Pads do not produce loud sounds and are actually great for condos/apartments. They can be purchased for as low as $30 (click the link above).
b. Drum kits. Professional drum sets will cost $300-up.
Our beginner students ages 4-10 have been enjoying studying on this small, but decent quality Drum Kit. The kit is tunable and comes with cymbals and hardware.
Older beginners and adults would need a regular size drum set. This Ludwig Complete Set comes with everything you need to hit the stage—right out of the box—good to go! The kit includes all shells, hardware, cymbals, and throne. Easy to assemble.
Pearl Drums are also a great choice for beginners.
The popular mid-level Yamaha Drum Kit offers better quality overall and good value at $650.
c. Electronic drum sets.
Simmons Drum Kit is a valuable instrument but does not come with a speaker (you will need to buy it separately).
If you’re looking for a slightly better choice overall, then Alesis Drums are great and come with a speaker.
Required Books 📚
If you already have books by a different method/author, we will use the books you already have, unless they will not be the right fit for you or your child.
🎹📚 Piano lessons for
Young beginners ages 4-5
Purchase Pre-primer level package assigned by your instructor:
🎹📚 Piano Lessons for
Piano beginners ages 7-10
Purchase Level 1 package assigned by your teacher plus the Music Flash Cards
Package 1 Premier Piano Course Set
Package 2 Basic Piano Set
Package 3: Bastien books
🎹 📚 Piano students who are starting the 2nd Level and/or Level 1 CM examinations will enjoy the following Classical Piano Materials:
- Showtime Classics
- Easy Piano Classics
- Masterwork Classics
- Album for the Young
- Classic Melodies
- Classical and Baroque
🎻📚 Violin Lessons for Beginners
Please click the link to the package assigned by your teacher:
Package 1: Essential Elements
Package 2: Suzuki Violin
🥁📚Drum Lessons for Beginners
Your teacher might require to purchase both books:
Package 1: Stick Control
Package 2: Fundamentals of Rhythm
🎸📚 Guitar Lessons for Beginners
Purchase the following materials:
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