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First time renting an instrument?  Ready to upsize?
The Parent’s Lounge provides everything you need to know about renting an instrument and supporting your child’s music exploration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Straight Answers to the 10 Most Commonly Asked Questions about Renting an Instrument.  
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Rent vs Buy?

Renting Provides Access to a High Quality Instrument.
Deciding whether to rent or buy is an important consideration when your child is just starting to explore music. Although there are many other situations in which buying upfront makes sense, music exploration at the early stage may not be one of them and will depend on how much you want to spend over the first couple of years. Renting an instrument from The Magic Flute guarantees immediate access to the highest quality instruments, expert advice and maintenance services.  Plus, your young musician will get an instrument that ensures the best first-time-playing experience.  Check out our Value Assessment Chart for more details.

Choosing the Right Size

Swap Sizes as Your Child Grows.
We carry a variety of sizes to accommodate the youngest, smallest beginner to intermediate players, ensuring an instrument growth path that matches your child’s.  Renting a violin, viola, cello or double bass?  Check out our Size Chart to pick the perfect size.

Don’t Forget to Accessorize

Ask Your Music Teacher.
We carry a complete selection of music and method books, including the books assigned by Marin County teachers.  We also carry a complete selection of instrument accessories--strings, reeds, music stands, care and maintenance items--everything needed to play like a pro!  We’re sure to have what you’re looking for, give us a call or visit us in-store.  

Music Program Readiness

Quick Start Checklist to Ensure Maximum Preparedness!
Top (5) things to do to prepare your child for their school music classes. Read more.

Tips and Hints
Taking Care of Your Instrument
No matter what instrument you play, there are a few shared best practices to keep it in its best playing shape. Read more.