Music is ____ (1)

For some, learning an instrument was simply an obligation. Many of us got the hand me down trumpet or violin from an older sibling or maybe even one of your parents. Whether it was a long term experience or a short lived nuisance it’s likely we’ve all had some slim chance to learn an instrument.

The truth is most people have a basic understanding of music. Granted your son or daughter may not be destined for Lincoln Center or Bonnaroo but just a chance to enjoy music is part of our culture; a first hand experience has a lifelong impact. Music has influenced us culturally since before minstrels were even a thing. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who truly doesn’t have an appreciation for music.



1-Learning to play an instrument is expensive…


Let’s get this one out of the way first thing. It’s not free to rent a band or orchestra instrument. It’s also not free to buy a guitar or a set of drums. BUT, it can be affordable and it’s certainly an easy process if you just do a little homework.

Please understand this isn’t meant to be an elaborate sales pitch. We have a trusted rental program but more importantly we want you as the parents of potential music students to understand it doesn’t have to be pricey. Athletics have their expenses, so does music. Just like a nice pair of cleats, shin-guards, gloves, mouth guards, etc a good instrument will last longer and help your child perform better!

Just like every activity be it curricular or extra-curricular, you’ll have to invest some money into your child’s development. At The Music Den we offer affordable high quality rentals and our contracts allow you to build credit toward the purchase of the instrument you’re renting. If that’s not convenient enough we also give a 40% discount when you do an early buy out.

2-Music classes will just complicate and add to my child’s already hectic schedule…


It may seem like too much expectation at first but most schools these days have a great system to ensure your son or daughter won’t miss out on the key classes for lessons. Sure, some band, orchestra and choir programs meet outside of school hours but if you have in school lessons it’s likely your new musician is missing recess. Why have recess and gym on the same day anyway? The lessons in school also rotate often enough so if one week your son/daughter misses an activity period they’ll more than make up for it when they’re pulled from an english period the next week.

3- If a year goes by and they don’t improve, they must not be musical…

We hear it more often than you might believe, the parent of a new musician (often a woodwind player) says to us after a year “my child just isn’t musical”. One of the first questions we ask in response is “how often did he/she practice?” The answer is typically the same…not much.


Any sport or craft requires attention outside of class. Practice habits tell us a ton about the likelihood of a student continuing. The gentle intricacies of each instrument varies and requires a musician to just spend some time working on the basics of theory and technique. It may not always be fun but everything has its positives and negatives; the end of the day, it’s all about the experience.

***I feel I should write a disclaimer, just for the sake of empathy. My intention is not to guilt you as a parent or as a potential musician. Everybody has their thing and life has a funny way of taking over. These misconceptions are strictly circumstantial but if you or your children ever show an interest the best thing you can do is try. The worst that’ll happen is you’ll learn something about yourself or your kids. 


bio picCory Daniels is a wandering Pennsylvanian stranded in New Jersey. He started on the sales floor at The Music Den but more recently has taken over the entire social media and online customer service department. Although he started his music career as a drummer, he “sort of knows how to pretend to magically trick people into thinking” he is also capable of stepping in on keys and acoustic; but that’s only for BIG gigs. Cory suffers from middle child syndrome but still remains a family man at heart. He’s the architect behind The MD Collective and generally enjoys getting paid to pin, facebook stalk, link, tweet, insta-whatever, tube and vine his way to imaginary fame.
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