Choosing a Musical Instrument

Are you looking for a guitar to begin lessons? Make sure it is in good working condition. The strings must be easy for the student to press down (nylon strings are the best to begin with).

Guitar set-up and maintenance available through one of our instructors! 1/2 and 3/4 sizes available, depending on the student’s size!

If you’re not quite ready to purchase an instrument, for $25 per month, you can rent a guitar from our studio. The program is month-to-month and there is no minimum of months to rent. Great for students who want to see if they like lessons before purchasing an instrument!

Before we can begin piano lessons, the student must have a piano or keyboard available for practicing.
You can start lessons with our piano teachers by using an electric keyboard to practice on. Most of our students rent or buy small electric keyboards practice on at home. We recommend a keyboard that has regular sized keys and a touch sensitive response. A touch sensitive keyboard means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter.

Craigslist is a good resource and you can find a piano for around $200. It can be expensive to pay a piano mover (around $300), but worth it unless you have strong men, moving straps and a truck! (Which can be done!)

To have the best success, look for the following things in a keyboard:

  1. 88 keys
  2. Sustain Pedal (when you hold it down, the sound rings out)
  3. Touch sensitive keys (when you play louder, it sounds louder; when you play softly, it sounds softer)

Not ready to purchase a piano? 3 month minimum rental. Great for students who want to see if they like lessons before purchasing an instrument!

Orchestra and Band Instruments
Please see a professional for sizing and rentals. Here to help.

You do not have to purchase a drum kit to take lessons (though owning one at home will greatly benefit your lessons). Beginning students can learn with a drum pad and sticks for about $40. And we sell them at the studio! Choose a rubber or plastic practice pad. A plastic pad has more natural response but makes more sound.
AFRAID of the NOISE? You can purchase an electronic set and use headphones!
Students use our drum set at their lessons and do not have to bring anything except their drum sticks and a notebook.

If you are just starting out, here are a number of ways you can keep sound levels down while you practice and do it affordably:

1) Start on a rubber practice pad.
2) Put rubber pads on cheap drums.
3) Purchase an electronic drum kit.

We Also Sell:
Foot Stools
Guitar strings
Method Books
and sheet music!

Give us a call at (816) 974-7656 to get started with your Music Lessons!

Offering quality acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, voice, bass, drums, violin, cello, banjo, mandolin, ukulele lessons, toddler music, pre-school music & art classes in St. Joseph, MO.

Serving the communities of St. Joseph, Atchison, Smithville, Savannah, Weston, Dearborn, Elwood, Wathena, Maryville, Stewartsville, Maysville, Weston, Platte City, North Kansas City, Country Club MO, Amazonia MO, Avenue City MO, Troy KS, Easton MO, DeKalb MO, Rushville, Agency MO, Gower MO, Oregon MO, Union star, Faucett MO, Dearborn MO, Plattsburgh MO & Mound City MO

St. Joseph Arts Academy
2027 North 36th Street
Saint Joseph, MO 64506

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