Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of music lessons do you offer?

We have instructors for all band and orchestra instruments including, but not limited to, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, violin, cello, piano, voice, percussion and guitar!

What is a good age to start lessons?

For younger students just entering elementary school, piano or percussion lessons are an excellent entry point for their musical education, giving them a good foundation for a future on any instrument.

What sort of performing opportunities do the students have?

C&L Music sponsors two recitals each year, one during the summer and one during the winter, at which all students from our studio are encouraged to participate.

What sort of testing is there?

Our teachers are trained to prepare their student for both the California Certificate of Merit (CM) Exams as well as the British Royal School Exams.

What kind of books do you carry?

We carry a variety of sheet music for all instruments ranging from method books for band and orchestra, to books designed for private instruction. We also carry a large selection of songbooks for all instruments.  If you want a book that is not in our regular inventory we will gladly order it for you.

What is your rental program like?

We offer full service and competitively priced rental and rent-to-own programs for all major band and orchestra instruments. There is a required 3-month minimum initial period for all rentals. After this initial period, all rentals continue on a monthly basis.

Do you fix instruments?

We have an in-house technician who handles minor and major repairs on all instruments. Bring your instrument in for a free estimate before any work is done.

Which instrument is the right one for my child?

The instrument your child likes is the right one. But how do they find the right one? An excellent way is to have your child to go online and visit youtube and search for instrumental solo video clips (“Flute solo,” “clarinet solo,” etc.). Pay attention to three items:

  1. The instrument’s voice – which instrument sounds the most pleasant to them?
  2. The way the instrument is played. For example, wind instruments require that one blow air through the instrument, which some children may not find appealing.
  3. What type of music does the instrument focus on? If they like to play jazz, then some instruments may not appropriate for your child.

Let your child present the results of their research to you, which should help to identify which instruments might be appropriate.  And lastly, you can come to us to arrange a lesson to try out the instrument your child has chosen..

Which instrument is the easiest one for my child to learn?

The easiest one will be the instrument your child likes, because they are willing to master the instrument.

How do you keep your prices competitive?

We are always looking for good deals from our suppliers and we buy in volume to get better prices — we are always striving to get our customers the best deals possible. We are in constant communication with our suppliers to ensure we have the latest and greatest deals!

Feel free to call us at 510-252-9768 during our normal store hours if you have any questions.