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Here you will find links to many different sites including:

Helpful sites for practicing
Recommended accessories for each instrument
Instrument buying advice
Fun Band related pages


Free Online Metronome
- Use this to keep a steady pulse while you practice.
Free Online Metronome #2 - Another metronome with a few more options
Note naming - Practice naming the notes of the staff.
Staff paper - Print your own blank staff paper.
JWPepper - Buy sheet music and books here.  Ok, this isn't a practice aid, but there's tons of good music to look at.



ACCESSORIES:

These are all items I would recommend if you came and asked me. 
#1 thing to get a music student? - A METROTUNER!!

Flute:

Metrotuner - A NECESSITY for flute players.
Silver Polish Cloth - Use to keep that flute looking it's best
Swab - These silk swabs are the best for regular cleaning of the inside of the flute...they're thin enough they won't get stuck!
Tuner pick-up - A handy accessory to the metrotuner that allows the tuner to only hear you in a noisy room or during rehearsal.
Flute Cases - Case getting worn out?  Here is a large list of different kinds of cases from hard shell to fabric sided.
Music stand - Beats leaning over your bed trying to read your music.


Clarinet:

Metrotuner - A NECESSITY for clarinet players.
Swab - These silk swabs are the best for regular cleaning of the inside of the clarinet...don't like the color?  Just search for "silk clarinet swab."
Tuner pick-up - A handy accessory to the metrotuner that allows the tuner to only hear you in a noisy room or during rehearsal.
Clarinet Cases - Case getting worn out?  Here is a large list of different kinds of cases from hard shell to fabric sided.
Music stand - Beats leaning over your bed trying to read your music.

There are four things that change the way a clarinetist sounds (besides just being who they are): The Horn, The Mouthpiece, The Ligature, The Reed.  Here are the things you can get to help improve your child's sound.  I've put this list in the order they should be obtained.

REEDS - *The following suggestions are generally correct, but reed strength differs from person to person so check with your clarinetist before buying.
6th grader - Vandoren Traditional #2.5 Reeds
7th grader - Vandoren Traditional #3 Reeds
8th grader - Vandoren V-12 Advanced #3 Reeds

Step-up Mouthpiece - The Yamaha 4C is perfect for someone who wants a better mouthpiece but can't afford the full blown advanced mouthpiece.
Advanced Mouthpiece - The JD Hite Artist Series is a reasonable price and gets you a great clarinet sound.  I highly recommend anyone who is planning on continuing into high school, or wants to work towards advanced bands like All-County Band get this mouthpiece.

Ligature (The thing that holds the reed on) - Yep, this makes a difference too, and if you're getting a new mouthpice, you'll need a new ligature.  The Rovner Dark is inexpensive but makes a world of differnce.

The Horn - If your young clarinets is outgrowing their instrument - either too many repairs, or they are doing advanced bands, or they are continuing into high school - you should seriously concider a step-up wood clarinet.  This is a larger investment so please contact me with questions.  There are MANY horns out there, and many of them are not of a good quality.  In the music world, you pretty much get what you pay for.  Here are a few ideas to get you started. 

Buffet E11 - The most popular step-up Clarinet.
LeBlanc Rhapsodie - A tested clarinet.... this is the one I use everyday.  It's been to every continental state and Japan twice!


Saxophone:

Metrotuner - A NECESSITY for saxophone players.
Tuner pick-up - A handy accessory to the metrotuner that allows the tuner to only hear you in a noisy room or during rehearsal.
Saxophone Cases - Case getting worn out?  Here is a large list of different kinds of cases from hard shell to fabric sided.
Music stand - Beats leaning over your bed trying to read your music.

There are four things that change the way a saxophonist sounds (besides just being who they are): The Horn, The Mouthpiece, The Ligature, The Reed.  Here are the things you can get to help improve your child's sound.  I've put this list in the order they should be obtained.

REEDS - *The following suggestions are generally correct, but reed strength differs from person to person so check with your clarinetist before buying.
6th grader - Vandoren Traditional #2.5 Reeds
7th grader - Vandoren Traditional #3 Reeds
8th grader - Vandoren V12 Advanced #3 Reeds

Advanced Mouthpiece - The mouthpieces that come with student saxophones are terrible.  The mouthpiece should be replaced as soon as is feasible.  There are no good "intermediate" mouthpieces.  The advanced mouthpiece - a "Selmer S80 C*" is the one I would recommend to 4th graders through professionals.

Ligature (The thing that holds the reed on) - Yep, this makes a difference too, and if you're getting a new mouthpiece, you'll need a new ligature.  The Rovner Dark is inexpensive but makes a world of difference.

The Horn - If your young saxophonist is outgrowing their instrument - either too many repairs, or they are doing advanced bands, or they are continuing into high school - you should seriously consider a step-up saxophone.  This is a larger investment so please contact me with questions.  There are MANY horns out there, and many of them are not of a good quality.  In the music world, you pretty much get what you pay for.  Specifically in the saxophone realm there are two main companies that are trusted by musicians and educators: Selmer and Yamaha.  Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Selmer SAS280 - Selmer Intermediate Saxophone - choose "Laquer" version
Yamaha YAS-475 - Yamaha Intermediate Saxophone


Trumpet:

Metrotuner - A NECESSITY for trumpet players.
Tuner pick-up - A handy accessory to the metrotuner that allows the tuner to only hear you in a noisy room or during rehearsal.
Trumpet Cases - Case getting worn out?  Here is a large list of different kinds of cases from hard shell to fabric sided.
Laquer Polish Cloth - Use to keep that trumpet looking it's best
Music stand - Beats leaning over your bed trying to read your music.
BERP - Practice aid...use when you can't play at full volume but want to keep your muscles in shape
Straight Mute - called for in more advanced musical pieces.
Practice Mute - cuts volume of trumpet when you can't practice at full volume.
Step-up mouthpiece
- The Bach 5C is a little larger than the standard student model and provides a darker, warmer sound.  Make sure to choose the "5C" option.  Check with director to see if this is recommended for you.

Trombone/Euphonium:

Metrotuner - A NECESSITY for trombone/euphonium players.
Tuner pick-up - A handy accessory to the metrotuner that allows the tuner to only hear you in a noisy room or during rehearsal.
Trombone Cases - Case getting worn out?  Here is a large list of different kinds of cases from hard shell to fabric sided.
Laquer Polish Cloth - Use to keep that trombone/euphonium looking it's best
Music stand - Beats leaning over your bed trying to read your music.

Percussion:

Vic Firth Practice Pad - 2 sided with a quiet and a hard side to fit any practicing situation.
Orchestra Bells - Every percussionist is required to learn "mallets."  If you want to have a bell set of your own for practice at home...this is it.
Dr. Beat Metronome - A MUST for all percussionists.  There is no excuse for not owning a metronome.
Metrotuner - Another option for a metronome.

Instrument Buying Advice:

In general instrument needs are specific to each student.  If you are considering purchasing a new instrument, please contact Mr. Carey first.  There is a wide variety of instruments to choose from and many are not of good value.  Most music stores will only sell reputable brands.  Be cautious of instruments purchased elsewhere (from individuals, or on the internet, or from stores not dedicated to music).  Again, please contact Mr. Carey before making purchasing decisions.

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