Instrument Care

A reminder about instruments…

Identification Tags

Please make sure to have identification on your instrument case (such as a luggage tag).  That way, if you should ever misplace or leave behind your instrument, it can be easily reunited with you.  Because bows can be easily mixed up, it is also a good idea to discretely label your bow with your name.  You may want to label your instrument as well.  All music books should also be properly identified.

Cello, Viola & Violin Care

Like fine pieces of furniture, stringed instruments are very susceptible to changes in their environment.  Once we begin to heat our homes in the winter, the air becomes drier, and the cold/dry combination is a serious hazard for delicate stringed instruments.  In order to prevent damage, you can humidify your instrument by purchasing and using a “dampit” or other humidifying device.  Violas and violins can also be humidified by keeping an open medicine bottle filled with slightly damp cotton balls in the case.  Do not leave your instrument unattended in the car because the extremes of temperature that can be reached in a car, both hot and cold, can be damaging.  Wipe your instrument off with a clean cloth every time after playing.  This prevents buildup of rosin on the finish of your instrument and keeps it looking its best.

Piano Care

Tune piano once a year.  Wash keys with a damp cotton cloth.  Wash hands before playing the piano.