Frequently Asked Questions


Can I buy the instrument I am renting?

Yes! Reynolds Music offers our Rent-to-Own program where 100% of your monthly rent, minus the maintenance and insurance fee, goes toward purchasing your instrument.

Do you rent professional or intermediate level instruments?

We don’t rent professional or intermediate level instruments at this time. However, if you rent a beginning level instrument from us, we will apply 80% of that rent toward the next level instrument. As well, we offer payment plans for intermediate and professional level instruments.

Do I need to go to the school rental night, or to my child’s school to rent an instrument?

No, you don’t. We recommend it, but If it’s more convenient, you can come to Reynolds Music six days a week. Also, anytime you come in from the middle of August and rent an instrument, your first month’s rent will not be due until October. (A one month down payment is required at the time of the rental.)

Is it better to rent or buy?

We highly recommend that you rent first because students have a tendency to change their minds. Through our rental program, you have the option to exchange the instrument or return it at any time. Our program is also rent-to-own, so each payment goes toward purchase.


What are your instructors’ qualifications?

We have a mix of different backgrounds at Reynolds Music. Some have teaching degrees or performance degrees, while some are students working on music degrees. Others are professionals with extensive experience. However, one thing they all have in common is a love of teaching and are ready to do what is best for the student.

What styles of music can I learn?

Our teachers believe staring with the fundamentals. Once they are comfortable with those, our teachers can help students apply them to virtually any style they wish to learn.

How long does it take to learn an instrument?

You can play an instrument your whole life and still be learning it! It really depends on the amount of practice the student is willing to put in. On some instruments, such as piano, guitar, and drums, students can produce a sound right away and are able to play recognizable songs fairly quickie. The brass and woodwind instruments take time and practice just to produce a sound and can take longer to lean to play songs.

How long and often should one practice?

A regular practice schedule is important. We have found that regular practice sessions of 15 minutes to half an hour each day are better than skipping two or three days and then trying to practice an hour.

If I don’t have musical experience, can I still help my child practice?

Yes! It’s important to make sure they have a regular practice time and space where there are not a lot of distractions. If they have questions you can’t answer, help them by relaying the question to the teacher at the next lesson.

Buy, Sell & Repair

What is your Lay-By Program for purchasing instruments?

Our Lay-By Program requires a down payment, which varies depending on the price of the instrument, and a full payment within 90 days.

Are your repairs in-house?

For minor repairs, our experienced repair specials can handle it in-house with quick turnaround time. For more extensive damage, we send your instrument out to our trusted network of repair specialists. They have the latest repair tools and technology and have the expertise to repair a wide variety of instruments in a timely manner.

What is your repair turnaround time?

It varies depending on the nature of the repairs; however, we try to get all repairs completed within a week. As well, we offer loaner instruments during the time of your repair at no charge.

Are all your used instruments for purchase ready-to-play?

Yes! Before we put any instruments for sale on our consignment wall, our in-house repair specialist takes a thorough look at it to ensure it is up to standards. If it needs a repair, we repair it in house or send it to our network of repair specialists before ever selling it.

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