Besides selecting the best private lesson music teacher for your child, renting vs. buying a string instrument is an important decision that can have an impact, not only on your pocketbook, but also on whether or not your child stays with, and enjoys their instrument for years or quits in frustration after a few months.
For beginners, especially young children, most teachers recommend renting an instrument rather than buying. They can start with a smaller size instrument and will change size as they grow. Most rental programs allow size exchanges at any time which would eliminate the need to frequently buy another instrument every time your child is ready for the next size. Also, most rental programs have a damage protection plan (insurance) that covers the cost of repairs due to accidental damage, normal wear and tear, and adjustment maintenance. Please note that these benefits are not available when buying.
If you already own an instrument or borrow from someone, that spare instrument may be a good choice for you. However, please double check if the available instrument match to your child’s current size. It is important to have me as your child’s music teacher or private lesson music teacher inspect the instrument.
Buying vs. renting a band instrument is an important decision. Please consult with me if you need my assistance in making the proper instrument selection for your child.