For your convenience, Lesson books are available for purchase at Fanfare for $8 each. See Ms. Pulliam or Mrs. White.
However parents are welcome to instead purchase lesson books from any outlet of your choice. Here are links that typically carry the books our teachers use:
If your student is a new beginner ages 5-10, they will use the Primer level listed.. If your child is 11 yrs or older please check with teacher to see if Older Beginner book is preferred.
Primer Level – Lesson Book: Piano Adventures: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1616770759/.
Level 1 – Lesson Book: Piano Adventures: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1616770783/
Level 2A – Lesson Book: Piano Adventures: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1616770813/
Level 2B – Amazon -OR-
Level3A – Amazon – OR-
Level 3B – Amazon – OR-
Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner: Lesson Book 1: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1616772050/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_QuEeFb589M426
Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Piano Course Book 1: Book with Media Online
Suzuki Violin School: Violin Part, Vol. 1: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0757900615/
And either of these two:
- Practice pad: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FMDIXY/
- Pad + stand + case bundle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V37ZXV6/
Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method 1: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0739047930/
Theory Made Easy for Kids, Level 1 (Made Easy (Alfred)): https://www.amazon.com/dp/9679856038/
Theory Made Easy for Kids, Level 2 (Made Easy (Alfred)): https://www.amazon.com/Second-Music-Theory-Book-Made/dp/9679856062/ref=asc_df_9679856062/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312021428070&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3920756289506592969&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1026415&hvtargid=pla-523589638793&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=60223809017&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=312021428070&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3920756289506592969&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1026415&hvtargid=pla-523589638793
Instrument Purchase and Rental
Your child will need his or her own instrument, for classes and for daily practice in between their weekly lessons. Fanfare has a few instruments available to borrow for a minimum deposit, on a first come, first served basis, but numbers are very limited. There are many options for instrument rental or purchase but here are a few:
Piano/keyboard – Beginners do not necessarily require a full-sized acoustic piano, which is generally quite expensive. For at least the first two years of study, a portable keyboard will suffice. Make sure the one you purchase has normal sized-keys of standard width (not the mini-sized keys), and preferably 61 keys (or up to the full 88 keys). There are various options available for new piano keyboards including those listed below. For more economical option, occasionally thrift stores will have used acoustic pianos for very low prices, needing only tuning. Also pawn shops and online forums such as Facebook Marketplace sometimes have good deals on keyboards.
VIOLIN – Purchasing or renting a first violin is best done at the store since violins come in different sizes: 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and full sized; so your child will need to be measured for the most suitable size. Many of the online violins selling for less than $300 are poorly made and impossible to stay tuned.Recommended for either rental or purchase is:
Lisle Violin Shop https://www.violins.com/
Music & Arts https://stores.musicarts.com/webster?source=LGOA5LKB
GUITAR – There are many options for new guitars, a couple of which are listed below. As with keyboards, often good used guitars can be found at pawn shops or online forums such as Facebook Marketplace. Similar to violin, if your child is small, you will need a student-sized, half-sized or 3/4 sized guitar. Guitar Center
WIND INSTRUMENTS – As with the violin, you’ll find that brass and woodwind instruments (trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute etc) are often more affordable for rental, as the ones found for purchase at lowest online prices are generally poorly made and difficult to play. Occasionally suitable used wind instruments can be found at pawn shops or on online forums such as Facebook Marketplace. Rental (or purchase) option is:
Music and Arts https://www.musicarts.com/rentals
And either of these two: