Suzuki Method & Alexander Technique  


You can rent or purchase an instrument.

If purchasing, do your best to avoid instruments $200 or less, as low quality can make learning to play more difficult. Avoid big retailers like Amazon and Walmart, and scan local marketplaces for families selling used instruments. Instruments can last for many years with proper care.

Visiting instrument specific websites and stores can provide you more information on proper sizes, price ranges, and pros and cons of renting or purchasing.  

  • Johnson String Instrument, Newton, MA
  • Carriage House Violins of Johnson String Instrument, Newton, MA
  • Music & Arts, Newton, MA
    (Chain, multiple locations)
  • New England Violins, Boston, MA
  • Weinstein Violins, Waltham, MA
  • Wood & Strings, Arlington, MA
  • Bridges & Bows, Westford, MA
  • Leonards Music, Bedford, MA
  • Shar Music, Ann Arbor, MI
    (not local, but big name)


  • Shoulder sponge or rest
  • Rosin
  • Cotton or microfiber cleaning cloth
  • Music stand
  • Suzuki Book & CD
  • Tuner & Metronome
  • Notebook
  • Pencils
  • Mute

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