Instrument and Accessories Information
Every child participating in the Scarsdale Public Schools elementary instrumental music program needs to either rent or buy the instrument he or she will be playing. There is a list of vendors at the bottom of this page.
Each child also needs the "Accent on Achievement" Series Book I for his or her instrument. These books can be purchased at your local music store or through Barnes and Noble.com or Amazon.com. A folding music stand is also needed to keep at home for practice.
Please click on the instrument your child is interested in to learn more about that instrument:
Two oboe reeds (always have a spare ready) and an oboe swab.
cork grease, cleaning swab, reeds (box of 10, size 2 for 4th grade or 2 1/2 for 5th grade)
Eb Alto Saxophone:
cork grease, cleaning swab, reeds (box of 10, size 2 for 4th grade or 2 1/2 for 5th grade), neck strap (NeoTech Neckstrap is recommended)
snake, mouthpiece brush, valve oil
snake, mouthpiece brush, slide oil or grease
Percussion students need the Accent on Achievement series Book 1 for Combined Percussion.
Percussion students learn two different instruments - snare drum and orchestral bells. These instruments form the core of a battery of instruments in the percussion family. As students advance to middle school and high school band, they play a wider variety of percussion instruments.
To practice at home, percussion students need either a practice pad with its own stand or a snare drum as well as a student bell set. Snare drums and/or practice pads and bell sets can be rented but often parents will opt to purchase a "percussion kit" from a musical instrument dealer or online. They also need a pair of drumsticks (size 5A is recommended but not required) and a pair of mallets.
The following vendors all provide very reliable service:
Ardsley Music (Scarsdale)
Music & Arts (Mamaroneck)(914) 381-5205Crestwood Music Education Center (Scarsdale)(914) 961-3497Sam Ash (White Plains)(914) 949 - 8448
Mike Risko Music School (Ossining)(914) 762 - 8757The Muzic Store Inc. (Dobbs Ferry)(914) 693 - 3200Yonkers:Scott Music Instrument Rental/Repair(914) 793-1780The Bronx:Bronen's Music (sells instruments but does not rent them)(718) 364-3350A word about purchasing instruments: There are a number of instruments available through online retailers for very low prices. Many of these instruments, however, are of such poor quality that they do not stand up to the rigors of elementary school band and wind up hindering students' progress. If you are considering buying an instrument, please let me know which brand it is before you purchase it and send me the link so I can offer my opinion about the instrument being sold.