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Need An Instrument - Not Much Time to Handle the Details?

-I don’t have time to research instruments or find out what’s best.  I need this taken care of for me but I want to trust that my child is getting a good quality instrument and the things we need to give the best start to this endeavor...

Rent-to-Own with Golden Music has these time saving features:

1.   The best quality instrument - we take time to find the best instruments to offer.  This is our only desire, not the strongest bottom line and sliding in a lower quality instrument.  For band instruments, we only carry Yamaha and Buffet.  For strings, we hand select our workshops and it always ends up being family teams that are trained in the art of building violins, violas, cellos and basses.

2.  Easy to rent the instrument - you can phone us and have it delivered to your house or school.  We also have an online portal to rent and get delivery.  Our store hours are 8 am  to 8 pm Monday through Thursday and 10-5 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  

 

3.  Free delivery for any service you need for the rental - starting the agreement, ending it, a repair, or loaner or instrument change.  We come right to your house or school!   If your instrument needs to be serviced or maintained, just phone or email and we'll bring a loaner to you, fix yours and bring it back.

4.  As your student grows, all of the rent-to-own payments (100% always) goes toward the purchase.  You can buy the instrument for 30% discount off your remaining balance or move the credit to another band or orchestra instrument.  You don't need to spend time, nor will you lose credit if your child changes their mind (some restrictions apply).

Quality Musical Instruments and What They Can Give You!

-A quality instrument costs more but it saves money in the long run and it will make you practice more because the sound and feel of holding it is more pleasurable.

If you’re buying an instrument for a child, you can pick a cheap one but if you want a better sound and more of a chance for the child to want to practice everyday, you want something better. A $150 cheap violin is unlikely to last long and may not sound inspiring.  It might not even play!!  There's usually about $200 of work to bring it up to standards of the teacher and then you have a souped up poor instruments.  And if it breaks down, you will have to buy another one because it's not repairable (basically you will end up spending more money than you would spend buying a quality, better violin).  A $150 clarinet is disposable (can't repair it), probably won't sound at the same pitch as the other students in class, and it will be hard to play.

Really?   You might ask yourself:  "Isn't it okay for my student to have a cheap instrument?  They're just starting out, what does it matter?"

Let's talk about SOUND:

Sound is made up of the Resonance and Timbre.   Resonance will primarily affect the type and quality of the sound produced.  The Resonance of an instrument comes from the artistry and workmanship built into it.   The artistry and workmanship of Golden Music's quality instruments have over a 200 year history of how they are built/the history of their initial origin is over 2000 years.   

Those cheap instruments are made by workshops without this depth of knowledge or practice, as well as purposefully cutting corners and using cheap materials to make it quicker and less expensive.

Sound "quality" or "timbre" describes those characteristics of sound which allow the ear to distinguish sounds which have the same pitch and loudness.   While a cheap instruments is making the same "note" as the quality instruments, the timbre can be screechy, harsh, not pleasing. 

 

Let's talk about PLAYING IN TUNE:

A big problem is that the cheap instruments can be very hard to make sound at the same pitch as the rest of the class.  This is quite a burden for the young child to try to work with.  Even a seasoned player has to struggle to make these sound on the same pitches as everybody else.

Let's talk about FEELING

How It Feels To Hold It. 

Think about a hobby, work or passion you have and a tool you use for that?  Even gardening, a hand shovel form Walmart costing $3 is un balanced, might bend if you hit a rock, doesn't feel good to use... compared to the $40 one from Ace Hardware...  You can compare this to cars also - the cheap $150 online instruments are cars that don't even run...  our competition's instruments (those the teacher has accepted to come to rental events) are like Pintos - they run, but there's no finesse, no support, no style...  they will get you there - then there's Golden Music's quality instruments.  We give to you the finest student instruments made in the world - Yamaha and Buffet band instruments and strings instruments hand picked by the owners from small family workshops from around the world.  Our instruments are like a very good Honda / Suburu - safe, comfortable, has features you need for a beginner driver...   

                      

 

Described by one seasoned musician from our community...   "as a musician myself, I like to use the words "it feels like butter" - doesn't make a lot of sense, but when I play a good instruments every thing is easier, it feels good to use, it feels smoother, it feels like it's working with me to make the sounds I want to express..."

 

Everlasting Gift of a Music Education - Is It Really Too Expensive?

Invest Your Coffee Money Into Music for Your Kid...

    ...The intangible gain of your child learning to play an instrument comparable to the cost of buying one cup of coffee a week is a no brainer in favor of MUSIC!    Think about how much you spend on a cup of coffee out once a week, $6?  That is enough to give your family a lifetime of music and sound.

 

Golden Music offers a rent-to-own program where you are able to rent-to-own (or just rent) a high-quality instrument for about just $30 a month for most instruments.  You will eventually own the instrument but are never required to keep it. 

The Everlasting Gift of Music - because the music your child learns is a voice of beauty and sound that they can speak through from the first day of class (well not so beautiful to us - but to their own precious hearts - they are speaking) and who's to say?  This is their beautiful child's voice speaking through this instrument of sound.    Many, many schools are providing excellent music education for your child at the school.  Now is the time to focus on giving your child this opportunity.  

Extensive research studies have proven that children display long-term positive results from learning to play a musical instrument.  Here's to mention a few:

   -their confidence levels rise

   -their reasoning skills strengthen

   -helps increase comprehension and math skills, coordination

   -provides better capacity for memory abilities.

So what are you waiting for?!    Get on board with giving the gift of music that will be a permanent gain to your child's future and happiness through our rent-to-own offers. 
PLUS - FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY - FREE PRIVATE LESSON WITH EVERY RENTAL

 

 

 

Violin Around the World - A New Documentary Coming out Soon...
A new documentary film series exploring how the violin has integrated itself in diverse cultures and musical styles worldwide.
Created by Daniel Hoffman
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A new documentary film series exploring how the violin has integrated itself in diverse cultures and musical styles worldwide.

 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/danielhoffman/violin-around-the-world-a-new-documentary-series

Besides the human voice, there is no musical instrument as flexible and adaptable as the violin. Countries as far afield as Egypt and the USA, Sweden and India, Turkey and Ireland use the violin (or fiddle, or keman, or geige, etc…) in their traditional music as if it were a native instrument. Classical traditions from Europe, the Middle-East, North Africa, Central Asia, and India have adopted it as well.

What is it about this quirky little Italian box with strings? Having reached its present form in the 19th Century, this documentary series will explore the violin's uncanny ability to speak so intimately to such a wide variety of cultures.

I invite you to travel with me as I journey with my violin to a new region in each episode as I study the local style with the masters. Through my studies and personal connection with a celebrated local teacher/performer, we'll discover together what is unique, what is shared among different styles, and how the violin manages to speak so many languages without an accent. And most importantly, we'll enjoy the feast of sound that is a violin in the hands of a master musician.

Using the violin lesson as a point of departure, we'll visit historic sites, dance groups, musicologists, and experts in folklore and history. A short segment on the history of each country or region and its people will also be interwoven into the story line. Each episode will culminate in a filmed concert by one of these artists and his or her band, including my own participation in part of the performance.

Music Education and Brain Development

 

Over the past two decades, music training has been associated with better than average language and mathematical skills and higher IQ, while differences between musicians and nonmusicians have been found in brain areas related to hearing and movement, among others. What is the mechanism behind such differences? One important goal of our program is to understand the effects of music training on brain development, investigated in terms of psychological (emotional, cognitive, social) and actual neural functions.

The only way to correctly assess the effects of music training on child development is to study children before they start any music training and to follow them systematically thereafter, to establish how their brain and behavior change in relation to their training. Beginning in 2012, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and their youth orchestra program (YOLA) and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), we have been investigating the effects of group-based music training in 80 children between the ages of six and seven. We have continued to follow them, to document the effects of such training on their development, using neural, emotional, cognitive, and social development measures.

The study is currently in its fourth year and has so far provided support for the positive impact of music training on development of auditory processes as evidenced by greater ability for pitch perception and production and enhanced maturation of the auditory pathway as shown by more developed sensory auditory evoked potentials. In addition, the findings have provided support for a positive association between music training and improvements in cognitive skills including working memory and inhibitory function and as evidence by greater brain activation in brain’s prefrontal circuitry during tasks engaging executive function skills.

We hope that the findings from this study will not only lead to a better understanding of the benefits of musical training in general but provide further insights into the social and psychological merits of childhood music education.

The BCI Brain and Music Program is supported not only by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, but by a generous grant from GRoW@Annenberg.

The only way to correctly assess the effects of music training on child development is to study children before they start any music training and to follow them systematically thereafter, to establish how their brain and behavior change in relation to their training. Beginning in 2012, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and their youth orchestra program (YOLA) and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), we have been investigating the effects of group-based music training in 80 children between the ages of six and seven. We have continued to follow them, to document the effects of such training on their development, using neural, emotional, cognitive, and social development measures.

The study is currently in its fourth year and has so far provided support for the positive impact of music training on development of auditory processes as evidenced by greater ability for pitch perception and production and enhanced maturation of the auditory pathway as shown by more developed sensory auditory evoked potentials. In addition, the findings have provided support for a positive association between music training and improvements in cognitive skills including working memory and inhibitory function and as evidence by greater brain activation in brain’s prefrontal circuitry during tasks engaging executive function skills.

Rent-to-Own with Golden Music - We Are Rooted in Your Community:

It's back-to-school time and you might be wondering…

- Where do I go for my child’s first instrument? 

 - I’m looking for a store that has a commitment to my community, what they do and a well thought out rent-to-own program.

 

 Family spending time together

COMMUNITY/SCHOOL TIES

Because we’ve been in business for 24 years, we have built our Rent-to-Own program with the input from our community, families, students, schools and teachers, to make it as easy and successful as possible.  We help parents just like you everyday to find the best instrument for their kids…after all, your success is our success! We want nothing more than to continue the love of music in our community, and nourish that love for years to come.

I’m looking for a store that has a long history working with my school and teacher and shows commitment to my community...

Building community is what Golden Music is about:  we support partnership in our support of your needs, the teachers, school districts and broader community.  We help teachers with their recruiting efforts every fall.    Golden Music is rooted in your community, partnered with your school, and dedicated to helping your child’s teacher and you with any tools, service and knowledge to create a wonderful experience.

 -How do I know I’m getting the appropriate instrument that works with what the teacher and school require? 

We know and work with your teacher throughout the year to create the instrument package and supplies they want your child to have.

-How do Golden Music and our staff build community?

We believe the best way to support the local music community is to participate in that community.  We’ve built relationships with nearly every school in the area, so we have their needs and yours at top of mind.  We consider all teachers as lifetime partners, from getting their first job, to helping run programs and retirement after that (even in their later, golden years, the music teachers never quit giving and being involved in teaching children btw!).  

Building community is what Golden Music is about:  we support PARTNERSHIP with the teachers, school districts and broader community.  We help teachers with their recruiting efforts every fall.  We support school events throughout the year.  We join rallies and efforts for funding for music programs at the local, regional and national levels.   We make donations of time and instruments ongoing and when asked to programs in need.

Out at our first recruiting event - Dartmouth Elementary, Aurora

           Our first recruiting event, August 7, 2019, Dartmouth Elementary

 

-I'd rather support a program that is locally owned and operated...

We are residents nearby the store and plan Golden Music as a generational company, passing ownership to our employees and children.  You are our community and we care.  

Rent-to-Own with a store that is rooted in your community:

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Music Is Important... From the Kids

These are Great Quotes!  They are all from 7th and 8th graders at Madison Middle School and other nearby schools in Appleton, Wisconsin.  The kids say things so clearly - seem better than the quotes from famous people.

“Music lifts up your soul and releases it.” – K. D.

“Music is what moves everyone, and without it, life would be pointless.” – D. D.

“Music is important because it can describe people, places, movies, or animals that words can’t.  Without music, the world would have a hard time understanding other things.” – B. P.

“Music is important because it helps you express yourself in ways that you can’t with normal talking.”– S. L.

“Music is important to me because it gives me something to look forward to everyday.” – K. K.

“Music is important because it allows people to be creative and it offers more life to people.” – K. B.

“Music is important in my life because it gives me something to do.  I think it is important to the world because it helps people feel better and can give them hope.” – J. K.

“Music is important in my life because I always have something to sing along to and relate to.  It is important to the world as a whole because it brings us together.” – A. G.

“Music is the highlight of my day!  After a rough day, I like to listen to music to lift my spirits.”– M. W.

“Music gives you something to listen to on long drives.” – H. R.

“Life without music would be boring… no background music for movies, and life would sound dull.” – A. Z.

“I think music is important because music is a way that people can express themselves and if people couldn’t express themselves there would be a lot more violence in the world.” – A. S.

“Music, without it there would be silence, less joy, and darker times.” – B. S.

“Music puts the life and excitement into the world.  Music is a part of my everyday life, from the radio in the morning to chorus and band class at school.  Without music, I wouldn’t be who I am today.– S. P.

“I play a lot of video games, so I hear a lot of music with it.  I may not notice, but the music provides more depth to the situation.” – M. M.

“Music is important to my life because it makes dancing and singing a lot easier. It also makes life interesting and hardcore!” – E. C.

“Music is important to people’s lives because it makes things better when things aren’t going right in the world.” – T. M.

“Music isn’t important in my life, it IS my life.  From flute, to piano, to guitar, it pretty much controls my life.  In the case of the world, it unites it with happiness and continues and tells histories of civilization.” – S. P.

“Music is important in my life because music has cool beats, and music is fun and keeps me happy.” – R. M.

“Music is so much a part of my life that I don’t know what I would do if there was none.  The world is greatly changed by music.  People don’t notice, but music changes people’s moods, feelings, and even their actions.” – M. H.

“Music is very important in my life because I worship God when I play at church, and because it takes me away from doing stuff that is bad.” – K. B.

“Without music, there would be nothing to do.  There wouldn’t be video games, TV shows, or concerts to go to.” – M. P.

“When I am feeling bad, it helps me not feel bad.  Music is important in life because you need it for your national anthem.” – A. V.

“Music is important in my life because I listen to it everyday.  It helps me relax.” – M. J.

“Without band, I wouldn’t have met all of my friends here at Madison Middle School.” – J. L.

“Music is important because it is a way to express myself. It shows how someone feels.  It just adds to everything.” – L. H.

“Music is important to me because it expresses feelings and some of the beats get you into the mood of the music.” – E. G.

“I like that I can make people happy doing what I like.” – Z. Z.

“Without music, our life would be very, very boring.  It’s something that every culture has in common, no matter what.” – L. K.

“Music can bring peace, but it can also get me pumped.” – T. W.

“I can’t imagine Christmas without music.” – D. V.

“Music is an outburst of the soul.” – I. B.

“Whenever I am sad, I play my music and it makes me happy.” – K. Y.

“Life without music is like fasting for a teen – boring, painful, and dull.  Every morning I wake up to music filling my dreams until I realize that the wonderful melody is coming from my alarm telling me to get going.  That’s not only where this wonderful gift fits into my day.  Several minutes later, I take a shower with the radio cranked, but unfortunately my voice doesn’t flow to the song as well. In the car ride to school, again music and again I sing (too bad for my neighbors!). To make school worth living, there’s band – a time to let the mind wander, a time to relax and put my music skills to test.  Thankfully I play better than I sing!  Besides my music life, think about yours.  Your cell phone goes off and what do you hear – music. A parade with the melodious sounds, but then it’s taken away and the parade comes to a rest. Without the joy of music, there’s no point in life, unless life to you is no sound at all.” – M. M.

How Do I Find the Right Instrument For My Child

Pick an instrument your child loves!

One of the most important things to consider for your child, is simply, “What do they want to play?” Being personally invested in their music instrument choice is crucial to any young learner wanting to stick with it. We see many children show an early affinity to specific instruments, but after exposure to the other instruments in the group, often develop a passion for a different instrument.  Having a passion and love for an instrument makes the process of learning so full of ease and enjoyment because the practicing factor is just plain fun.  We encourage students to keep trying instruments until they find the one they love the most!  In our rent-to-own program, all of your rental credit moves to the other instruments.*

That being said, there are some recommended minimum starting ages:

Violin/Strings – Age 5 and up - Violin is another common starting instrument for children. Some children begin as young as 3, but 5 is usually the recommended age to begin due to finger dexterity and strength, as children will need to hold their violin up for a long time while they’re playing. Other string instruments to explore with your child are viola, cello, bass and harp.

 

Woodwinds/Brass – Age 9 and up

For woodwinds like the flute and clarinet, as well as brass instruments like the trumpet, the recommended minimum starting age is around 9 years old. These instruments require a certain level of lung capacity and power to reach the notes and play with proper technique. For those interested in saxophone, for example, one of the greatest considerations is on body size relative to the instrument, where 9 is also viewed as a good benchmark for physical size.

By the Way - It's Good For Your Brain  - Playing and learning an instrument is not just about the physical act of hitting the right notes, it is one of the only activities that engages both sides of your brain simultaneously!

 Piano – Age 5 and up - Piano is a very popular first instrument for many young learners. Starting at age 5 is generally recommended due to hand size, finger independence and strength and body position.

 

Guitar/Bass – Age 6 and up - The suggested starting age for guitar/bass guitar is around 6. Children that are younger than six may struggle to cope with the finger strength, flexibility and the hand-size required to ensure a firm pressing down on the strings and along the fretboard.

 

Emotional and Mental Development - Playing and learning an instrument is not just about the physical act of hitting the right notes, it is one of the only activities that engages both sides of your brain simultaneously!

 

Ready to find that perfect fit for you child? Give us a call at …. or stop by! We’d love to see you

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    Should I Rent-to-Own (or Just Rent!) or Buy an Instrument for My Child Starting Band or Orchestra This Fall?

     

    Should I rent or buy?

    Renting an instrument is flexible.  Our program has repair and maintenance coverage to keep the instrument in perfect playing condition.  We offer the ability to exchange the instrument at no cost, as well as special discounts on purchasing if you have decided you have the right instrument.  Also, you have the option to return it if the student should ever decide they want to follow another passion.  We have loaner instruments available to students with the maintenance agreement if the instrument needs repairs or maintenance.  You can apply all your equity to purchase, allowing you to eventually own an instrument if you wish.  Know that our rental fleet is maintained to the highest standards by our in house technician.

    Pressure to fit in with the most popular crowd and styles may cause first-time musicians to hastily choose an instrument.  Starting with an instrument first through a rental program is a good way to let them explore options without a huge financial commitment.

    Buying an Instrument: Stability

    Buying an instrument is a little bit more of a commitment. In the long term, it can be less expensive than renting but you have fewer options regarding some of the flexibility. Here’s a quick run down of why I see folks buy an instrument:  If the student will play for more than three years, purchasing is a little more cost effective, however there are no exchange options available.

     with Golden Music's Rent-to-Own

     

    Owning an instrument versus renting can mean costly repairs and missing class when it's under repair.  Rent-to-Own or Just Rent! fixes that. If you live nearby, just pop in, if you are further away or busy, we will pick up your instrument and bring you a loaner, fix yours and bring it back.  There’s no trouble and the maintenance plan covers all repairs due to normal use.  This is much easier than going online or finding someone for the repair in a rush, when you don’t know that much about the instrument and what it actually needs.  If you buy an instrument and it breaks, you have at least two weeks in a shop, and you have to drive to the store and back. That is 1/5 of your students class semester! With our program, we deliver you a loaner to your home or schools so you never miss a day of class!

    Now Is Your Opportunity To Give Your Child Music - It Lasts A Lifetime!

    GIVE YOUR CHILD THIS OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MUSIC

    -I want to give my child, a unique opportunity to study a musical instrument.  It is a gift that they will have their entire life. 

    Give the Gift to Your Child of a Quality Instrument from Golden Music –

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    RENT NOW 

    This is your opportunity to help your child learn to play music.  Right now is the easiest time in a person's life to learn this skill and art.  Your school has the instruction set-up with a good teacher and classes that are easily fit into your schedule, Golden Music has a thoughtful and affordable rent-to-own or (just rent!) program to make it affordable.  There's support for your child to practice (their friends are practicing!) 

    This gift you are giving them to set this up will be part of your child's and your life for many years to come.   Make a thoughtful choice - a quality instrument is very important.  A rent-to-own program that grows with you and has flexible features is important.

    Parents involved in Golden Music's programs have told me: 

        "I wanted to give them this music education now as it will be something they will have their entire life, sort of like swimming lessons...  a child learns and then can play an instrument throughout their life..."

    My own mother told me: 

         " No own can ever take your education away from you.  Investing in education is the best spent time and money there is..."    Mary Brainerd, Owner, Golden Music