Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I start renting an instrument?

Come to our shop and one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members will help you choose the right size and fill out a contract – you’ll need two credit cards and a driver’s license, and the entire process should take 10-15 minutes. If you are not local, or want to take advantage of our online rental system, please visit our rental page.

How do I choose the right size instrument?

You can ask your child’s teacher what size they prefer, or use the chart below. Measure the distance between your child’s neck and the center of their palm. When in doubt, always choose the smaller size.

Up to 15 1/4″ : order 1/16 size violin or cello
15 1/4″ up to 16 3/4″ : order 1/10 size violin or cello
16 3/4″ up to 17 1/2″ : order 1/8 size violin or cello
17 1/2″ up to 18 3/4″ : order 1/4 size violin or cello, 11″ viola
18 3/4″ up to 20 1/4″ : order 1/2 size violin or cello, 12″ viola
20 1/4″ up to 22 1/8″ : order 3/4 size violin or cello, 13″ viola
22 1/8″ and up : order 4/4 (full-size) violin or cello
23 1/4″ up to 24 7/8″ : order 14″ viola
24 7/8″ up to 25 5/8″ : order 15″ viola
25 7/8″ up to 26 3/8″ : order 15.5″ viola
26 3/8″ up to 27 1/8″ : order 16″ viola
Over 27 1/4″ : order 16″ or 16.5″ viola

How young can a child begin playing?

Opinions differ; public schools usually start children in 3rd or 4th grade. Many private teachers and schools, especially Suzuki programs, start children around the age of 3. Experts believe most children younger than 3 lack the developmental and motor skills needed to benefit from instrumental instruction. Very young children can participate in “Mommy-and-Me” programs that teach about music without being specifically about playing the an instrument.

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