Generally the child needs to be able to support the clarinet and reach and cover all the keys with his/her hands. Most children can do this by around 5th grade. If the child is ready for this before 5th grade, great! If not, starting on a recorder or other child-friendly instrument is recommended, switching to clarinet when the student is ready.
Renting or purchasing a reputable brand from a reputable dealer is the best thing to do. Music & Arts with various locations in the Charlotte area has an excellent “rent to own” program. You may even switch to a different instrument throughout your contract. Other stores which sell and rent band and orchestral instruments are Howren Music http://www.howrenmusic.net and Sam Ash http://samashmusic.com
Band rehearsal is not practice time. Lessons at Southern Park are designed to allow students to reach their true potential. Regular, daily practice (outside of school) on the assigned materials is necessary in order to improve. However, we would be happy to work on band music with your son or daughter during the lesson.
Yes, Southern Park will provide an accompanist for the recital, dress rehearsal, and one private rehearsal. The student may contract privately with an accompanist for additional rehearsals.
We do offer Chamber Music Ensembles for small groups.