Band Instruments for
Music Students

Whether your child is in a band, or considering joining one, you'll find everything your child needs to thrive in the world of music on this page.

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Without some basic knowledge about the instrument your child may want to learn, you might feel unprepared for this new experience.


Feel assured that your investment will take your child to the next level. A well-made instrument should be skillfully crafted and use quality materials.


Have peace of mind knowing you have selected a well-respected brand that offers customer support and a warranty that protects your investment.


Listen for clarity, warmth and the ability to project. Even for beginners, good sound is the foundation for progress.

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Check out our instruments that are perfect for beginners.

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Standard Flute

A member of the woodwind family, the flute is famous for its natural and soloistic sound produced by an embouchure hole rather than a reed.

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Standard B♭ Clarinet

Featuring a soft and rich tone, the clarinet is a woodwind instrument that can be made of either a durable plastic, or natural wood.

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Standard Alto Saxophone

Most famously heard in jazz ensembles, this versatile instrument is notable for its brass construction and is one of the world's most popular instruments.

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Standard B♭ Trumpet

Regarded as the soprano voice of the brass family, the trumpet is one of the most common wind instruments and can be found in almost all musical genres.

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Standard Trombone

Most noticeable for its slide construction, the trombone is a member of the low brass family capable of soft solo playing or adding power to the low end of an ensemble.

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Student Violin

The violin is a stringed instrument played with a bow and matches the range of the human voice. Sound is produced by drawing the horsehair of the bow across its 4 strings.

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This 3-octave tabletop xylophone was designed specifically for easy playability and handling. The YX-1030PR is an excellent choice for school use.

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Standard Padauk Marimba

Graduated Padauk bars that produce a full tone and projection.

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Compact Vibraphone

Perfect for limited budgets, beginning percussionists and those in need of a compact instrument.

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Snare/Concert Field Drums

The steel shell drum features ten, high-tension lugs and a 20-strand high-carbon, steel-coiled wire snare that combine to deliver a powerful, brisk sound.

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When you're ready, find a local authorized dealer to get your Yamaha instrument.

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Renting an instrument is an easy way for new band students to explore their musical interests. Renting is an affordable option to make learning more fun! Authorized Yamaha dealers provide service and support for Yamaha instruments that other stores cannot. When you rent a Yamaha instrument from an authorized Yamaha dealer you have complete peace of mind.

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Most authorized Yamaha dealers offer a musical instrument rental program and may have even partnered with your local school to provide instrument options for you. The typical "Rental Season" starts in August and many schools host "Rental Nights" for new band parents to learn about band and find an instrument for their new band student. Here are some things to know:

  • Plan ahead: Rental Nights are typically very busy. If possible, fill out a copy of the rental form beforehand. This will make the process go more quickly and smoothly.
  • Payment will vary between dealers. However, cheaper does not always mean better. Know which brand of instrument you are renting before considering price, because a cheaper model's repair costs may end up being more than the initial cost.
  • Beware of purchasing from unauthorized online sellers. If you're looking for more affordable or used instruments, authorized Yamaha dealers offer quality-checked instruments and can offer expert advice on whether to purchase or to rent.
  • Different dealers offer different rental agreements. Make sure rental terms are clear between you and your dealer.

For more information on what these agreements might look like, see our FAQ page!

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Ever instrument should come with an Owner's Manual that includes detailed instructions on how to take care of your instrument. Can't find it? All owner's manuals are digitally available under the downloads tab of that model. Need help finding it? Send us an email at!

Maybe. Most dealers offer both new and used instruments for rent. Speak with your dealer to be sure you know what you are getting. Though used instruments can play just as good as a new one if it has been serviced properly!

These details should be laid out in the rental contract. Make sure you understand the agreement before signing and speak with your dealer if you have any questions.

The rental period may vary from dealer to dealer. Some are month to month, others have an introductory period of several months. Be sure you understand the terms before signing the contract!

In many cases, yes! Speak with your dealer for more details about a rent-to-own plan.

Many dealers do offer some sort of maintenance plan, some even provide a loaner in the case that repairs will take a few days. Consult your dealer and rental agreement to know for sure.

This will depend on the rental agreement, but in most cases yes. If your student decides they want to play a different instrument, talk with your dealer to understand what options are available!

The first line of defense when it comes to renting is the dealer that you are working with. They are always happy to help and answer any questions!

Feel free to send any questions you might have about Yamaha instruments directly to us at! We can help you learn all about an instrument or help you find the nearest authorized Yamaha dealer.