Yep, I forgot…

I have to admit something….I completely forgot to mention one of the most important reasons why you should rent an instrument from The Master Musician. This is HUGE so please read on.

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We love Band Directors! They are constantly investing in your children during the whole school year. They teach music. Direct band performances. They have to know pretty much every musical instrument out there. They have to understand kids. It’s like the one room school house approach. You have many students with different musical abilities. Somehow they listen to hours and hours of music practice (which we all know is exactly that…practice) and they have to get everyone to play the same songs in the right key at the right time. It’s amazingly magical!

Unless of course, those school instruments are really dirty or have dents or need new strings. Somebody has to fix those instruments to keep them playing beautifully. There is a cost involved, of course. Band Directors have to work with a BUDGET. Yikes! That’s the word that strikes fear into a teacher’s heart. So many needs and very little money to help.

That is why your band director needs you to rent your instrument from The Master Musician. Every instrument rented from us accumulates money for the band program that the student is in! These are called Rental Repair Credits. A percentage is given back to your school band program! It’s basically FREE Repair money to use in our repair department by the band directors for their school instruments!

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It doesn’t cost you anything extra. It’s our way of GIVING BACK to the community! Remember us when renting your instrument this fall. Got questions about the Rental Repair Credits? Call us at the store @951-677-7575.

~Kelly

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It’s coming…are you ready?

back-to-school-clipart-summerIt’s the middle of July already! Can you believe it? School is approaching. Some of you are excited to send the kids back because you miss your routine and free time. Others are sad to see summer and all its glorious beach/pool/barbecue/relaxation days fade away with the heat. No matter which category you fall into, it’s time to start preparing.

Music is a valuable part of any school program. Your kids may be in public, private, charter, homeschool, private tutor, etc….and they still need music. Numerous studies have proven that music helps your kids learn. It’s time to think about band, instruments, and music lessons. Let me help you with the instrument rental. Here at The Master Musician, we have an awesome Rental Program. We have a variety of instruments to rent and many different ways to rent them.

Did you Know???

Your Instrument Rental price at The Master Musician is all-inclusive! That means that our monthly rental price includes 3 things: rental fee, tax, and our maintenance plan.

No hidden fees. No surprises.

We give you the “walk out the door price.” When comparing rental prices make sure you ask about ALL the fees before signing a contract.

Why rent from us?

1.) You have access to our in-house maintenance. That means we look at your instrument and fix it. Put your mind at ease when you rent from The Master Musician! We will help you keep your instrument playing beautifully!

2.) Quick turnaround on instrument repair. We do 95% of our repairs. That means that you give it to us. We repair it and give it back. That quick and simple.

3.) You get to talk to us in person and we’re local. No need to drive far away or trust your instrument to a person you’ve never seen before. We are here to help you!

Why is a 9 Month Contract important?

1) The student needs time to learn the instrument. We get it. Kids don’t always love band and they want to quit. We understand, but we also know that it takes time to learn a new instrument. Commit to the school year and then decide. It builds character and stamina.

2) Want a different instrument? No problem! If your student wants to change their instrument during the school year, we can make the switch.

3) By committing to a 9 month contract, you are helping the Band Program! Help keep music in our schools! Tell the Band Director that you are there to stay for the school year. Everyone wins!

Please let us know if you have questions, 951-677-7575. We also have a special for you when you rent in July. Check it out here. ~Kelly

ARE YOU READY TO RENT? RENT ONLINE OR STOP BY THE STORE!

What’s a Rental Night?

I’m baaack!! Yes, it’s been awhile, but we’ve been busy! This is the busiest time of year for The Master Musician. School is back in session and everybody needs instruments for their kids!

Recently, I was able to attend a Rental Night at a local school. What is that you ask? I’ll ‘splain…for some reason I just pictured Ricky Ricardo, but anyways…Band Directors invite music stores to come to their school to rent instruments to their students. This is great for parents because there really aren’t music stores on every corner. Sometimes you have to drive pretty far to find a wonderful, cute hometown music store like The Master Musician. So, we come to you!

Parents, be prepared before you go to a rental night. There are generally 2 kinds of rental nights: The first can be crazy busy with lots of people waiting in line, the second is where you have it all to yourself because very few parents show up. Either way, here are some tips:

1) There can be more than one music store at the rental night. Take time to talk to all of them so that you can make an informed decision with all the info. Then, go with the family owned, hometown one since you are supporting a small business! ūüėČ

2) Most of the time, your kiddos can try the instruments before they pick one. Let your children choose what they want to play. I know that for some of you parents, this is the craziest advice I could give you and I agree…however, you don’t want to force your children to play anything. They need to be excited! Have a talk BEFORE the rental night about various options and pass your wisdom on to them. But then allow your sweetie pies to pick their instrument.

3) Once you pick an instrument, mom or dad will need to fill out a rental contract. If you are like me, make sure Baby Boo is strapped in his stroller with a snack and all the rest of your little ones are tied to your ankles…you are going to need to focus.

4) Be advised that you will have to pay a security deposit and the 1st month’s rent immediately.¬† Thankfully, you will get the security deposit back if you return the instrument pretty much the way you got it. (Make sure and have the “don’t drop, sit on, put food in, or leave out for the younger kids to get” talk.)

5) You will also need to give a credit card number to keep on file at the store. This is an added security for The Master Musician because sometimes we have people that love their instrument so much that we don’t ever see it again. =)

6) The Master Musician also has the book that your band director has picked for the year for your child to use AND we carry Instrument Care Kits that come with everything each instrument needs for basic maintenance. For example, a trumpet kit comes with the following:

  • Valve Oil
  • Lacquer Polishing Cloth
  • Trumpet Snake
  • Mouthpiece Brush
  • Water Key Corks
  • Tuning slide Grease
  • Valve Brush
  • Use & Care Pamphlet

7) Every instrument that The Master Musician rents comes with the $5 maintenance plan. This allows you to bring the instrument back to us for minor repairs FREE of CHARGE!!…well, you are paying $5 a month, but that’s peanuts compared to¬†the cost of repair without the maintenance plan. Did I mention that our Repair Techs are great?!!

8) Don’t forget¬†to choose¬†between having your monthly payment amount automatically withdrawn, paying online, or to receive a “coupon book” to mail in with your payment.

9) After you have paid, your child can take the instrument, book, and care kit home and start practicing!!

A common comment that we hear is: “I can buy an instrument online for cheaper than this.” Let me ‘splain again. When you buy online, you do not know what you are getting. Most instruments will end up needing a lot of work in the near future because they are what we call “cheap”. We call them more than that, but let’s just keep this G-rated. As with anything, there are high quality instruments and cheap ones. At the Master Musician, we only rent out name brand,¬†high quality¬†instruments that have been prepared by our repair technicians. Why? Because we are the ones that have to fix them. Some instruments, which I will choose not to name, are terrible to repair because they are so cheap. They will end up costing you more money in the long run.

Remember the old saying “You get what you pay for”. Please consider this when buying or renting an instrument. We know how the mighty dollar works, but there are just some things that are worth the investment.

I hope I have covered all the bases for you to make Rental Night a breeze! There are 2 other options for renting instruments that I’ll just mention.

You can now RENT ONLINE! Go to www.mastermusician.net and click on the picture of the instruments on the left. If your school is not on the list, please call¬†us and we will add it. I am adding more and more schools everyday to include all of Riverside County! Let us know if you live further and we’ll add you too!

The other option is to come down to Murrieta and rent an instrument in our store. We would love to see you! Here’s the address:

39520 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd
Suite 223
Murrieta, CA
92563
951-677-7575

Email me pics of your kids playing in the band and we will add them to the website! master_musician@verizon.net

Have a great school year!!

~Kelly