Private Lesson Instructors
Private lessons are a great way to invest in your development as a music and grow as a student performer! There are many private lesson instructors throughout the Triangle to choose from, and most offer different levels of instruction. Students and parents are highly encouraged to consider private lessons, especially for students who want to participate in honor bands, summer camps and other enrichment activities. Click on the link below to access a database of area instructors. Mr. Still does not endorse a particular person and this list is not exhaustive.
Instrument Brand List
One of the best ways to get the most out of band (and making music) is to invest in a high quality instrument. The saying goes "you get what you pay for..." Instruments can definitely follow this saying. Instruments are typically grouped in three groupings: beginning models, intermediate models, and professional models. The differences range from quality of construction materials, level of craftsmanship, type of materials used to make the instrument and where it was made (country of origin). These factors can affect the overall sound, performance and characteristic of individual instruments. The other major factor when it comes to instrument quality is serviceability... better quality instruments are typically easier to fix/service and have readily made replacement parts. Oftentimes, cheaper instruments are difficult to repair and can cause frustration with how they play and perform. Instruments of high quality typically don't lose their value as much and will last a student well beyond their high school years if cared for properly. It is not uncommon for a current high schooler to play an instrument used by their parent or grandparent that was cared for and of high quality. Finally, different manufacturers often different instruments at certain price points, so finding an instrument that fits a student and their budget is very doable! Word of Encouragement: always play an instrument (i.e. test drive) before buying and it never hurts to talk to Mr. Still, another band director or your private lesson instructor to get their input before making a decision on an instrument! They are happy to help!