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Instruments & Private Teachers

Each of the titles below is a link to an article or webpage with more information about how to select a quality string instrument, where to find all string instrument supplies, finding a private teacher, and more.


*Please note that inclusion in this webpage does not imply endorsement or recommendation by Kinard Middle School nor Poudre School District and is not a guarantee of availability, service, or quality. Please notify Mrs. Griffey of any dead links.

Articles on Purchasing a String Instrument

Student Violins for Sale: A Guide

Considering renting or purchasing an instrument? Here is a good, quick checklist of things to look for and what to avoid.

Why you shouldn't buy a cheap violin on the internet...

This violin shop in Ohio offers a clear explanation of what sets a "good" instrument apart from an inferior one. Of particular note should be their points #1 and #2 as well as Myths #1 and #2.

Cheap Violins for Sale Are Not a Good Deal

Considering purchasing an instrument? This article explains some of the dangers of purchasing online as well as what makes a quality violin versus a "VSO" (Violin-Shaped Object).

What Should Parents Spend for A Quality Beginner Violin?

Connolly Music explains in detail some of the elements of a quality violin (which also apply to viola, cello, and bass). This article also discusses price ranges for student violins.

Instrument Dealers & Repair

Boomer Music Company

A great store in Fort Collins that supports the school programs and offers instruments for sale and rental, books, music, and accessories.

Williams & Son Luthiers

Mr. Williams has provided string instrument repair in Northern Colorado (including PSD public schools) for years. He also has instruments for sale.

Shar Music

Supply source for strings, instruments, accessories, method books, sheet music and more.

Southwest Strings

Supply source for strings, instruments, accessories, method books, sheet music and more.

Mi Vida Strings

Mi Vida carries high quality Orchestral, Mariachi, Latin, and other ethnic string instruments for sale and rental, in child through adult sizes.  They also perform repairs, servicing Denver and Northern Colorado. 

Sol Vista Violins

Sol Vista takes pride in its balance of exceptional quality and reasonable pricing that sets it apart from the competition in Boulder County

Fort Collins Music Teachers

Fort Collins String Teachers Association

This page includes a list of private teachers in the area as well as contacts for instrument sales, repairs and other local string interests.

Colorado*American String Teachers Association

The Colorado chapter of the professional String Teachers' organization has this valuable website which includes a list of private teachers around the state, honor orchestra opportunities, statewide events, scholarship opportunities, and more.

Foundation Music School

Located in Fort Collins, Foundation Music School offers private instruction on multiple instruments including violin in addition to providing an Early Childhood Music Program and Music Therapy services.

Fort Collins Music Teachers

An organization for all music teachers in Fort Collins which provides a listing of private teachers and other events.

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