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♩ How to Measure for Violin Size (YouTube)

♩ How to Measure for Violin Size (website)

♩ How to Measure for Cello Size (website)

Your child will need these items:

  1. An instrument with accessories (see below)
  2. A music stand for home practice
  3. Book and/or folder (given to students at the first class in September)

Required Accessories:

Each student will need the following:

  1. Instrument (with bow & case)
  2. Rosin
  3. Clip-on Tuner
  4. Cleaning Cloth (microfiber is best)
  5. Collapsible music stand for home practice  

Before Renting or Purchasing an Instrument:

Please help your child plan a home practice schedule before acquiring an instrument.  Your child’s success will greatly depend upon his/her faithfulness in practicing.  A minimum of 15 to 20 minutes of daily practice generally results in good progress.  25 to 30 minutes of daily practice generally results in very good or outstanding progress.

Many parents choose to rent an instrument for their child (at least in the beginning).  Music stores typically have purchase, rental, and/or “rent-to-own” options.

Instruments are available in various sizes, e.g. 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8, and full-size.  If your child comes with you to your local music store, someone there should be able to determine the appropriate size for him/her.  There are links at the top of this page with information regarding sizing.

New string instruments often need to be "set up" by the store's repair technician before you take the instrument home.  This process will ensure that the instrument is ready to be played.


Be sure to only purchase or rent instruments from a local music store that has a repair technician on-site.  Please avoid any band instrument sold by “big-box” chain stores (Wal-Mart, etc.).  Also, please do not purchase instruments online unless you are searching for a precise brand and model.  If you do purchase an instrument online, you will need to bring it to a local music store to have it checked over and "set up" so that it is ready to be played.

Local String Instrument Dealers

Instruments and accessories can be rented and/or purchased at any of the music stores listed below:


♬ Bayshore Town Center Area:

Brass Bell Music Store 
 210 W Silver Spring Dr 
 Milwaukee WI 

 ♬ Waukesha/Brookfield//West Bend/Watertown

White House of Music (multiple locations) 
 2101 N Springdale Rd 
 Waukesha, WI 
 14685 W. Capitol Dr 
 Brookfield, WI 
 (262) 347-3000
 869A S. Main St.
 West Bend, WI  
 (262) 334-4426
 1724 S. Church St 
 Watertown, WI 
(920) 261-0700

 ♬ Ozaukee County:

Lakeside Music & Naturals 
115 N Franklin St
Port Washington, WI
 ♬ Milwaukee’s South Side:

Family Music Center 
 5020 W Oklahoma Ave 
 Milwaukee, WI 

 Lincoln Music House

3379 S 13th St
 Milwaukee, WI 



Classic Violins 
403 Main St
Racine, WI



Madison Area:

Ward-Brodt Music Mall
5976 Executive Drive 

Fitchburg, WI


Heid Music
7948 Tree Lane
Madison, WI