Every child should have the opportunity to give music a try. Who knows what untapped musical genius lies waiting to be released. Unfortunately, this requires a considerable investment in time and money. Fortunately, several local music stores can assist you in launching a musical journey your child may never forget.

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Cadenza Music
149 Snelling Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 644-3611
www.cadenzamusic.com

Cadenza Music offers lease plans as an alternative to the rent-to-own plans found at most music stores. The firm demonstrates on its website how this is a more economical way to rent for a summer or a school year. The instruments are new or gently used and Cadenza technicians test and adjust each instrument to ensure it is ready to play. Cadenza does not charge during the lease period for cleaning, adjusting or replacing worn parts. Additionally, it offers insurance to cover the complete cost of damage with no deductible. Customers can purchase the instrument at a preferred price should they later decide to buy.

Eckroth Music
3065 Centre Pointe Drive
Roseville, MN  55113
(651) 704-9654
www.eckroth.com

Eckroth rents strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion instruments. The company credits the entire payment towards a future purchase. Eckroth quotes a single monthly payment amount whether the instrument is large or small; used, like new or new. However, it shortens the number of payments for used or like new instruments. Bill and Mary Ann Eckroth founded Eckroth Music in Bismarck, North Dakota in 1972. The company has since grown to six stores including the Roseville store and a store in St Cloud.

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Groth Music Store
8056 Nicollet Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55420
(952) 884-4772
www.grothmusic.com

Groth rents strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion instruments in its risk-free trial program. Monthly payments count toward instrument purchase, although there is no obligation to buy the instrument. Furthermore, parents may cancel the contract at any time and bring the instrument back. MacPhail Center for Music recommends that its flute players rent the Jupiter Prodigy line of flutes at Groth Music.

Modern Day Music
1875 Robert St. S.
West St Paul, MN 55118
(651) 330-6716
www.moderndaymusic.net

Modern Day Music sells, adjusts, repairs and rents brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion instruments to metropolitan school bands and community orchestras. Rentals are provided through the National Educational Music Company (NEMC), ensuring access to a broad range of instruments and a track record of over 50 years of service in musical instrument rentals. Yet, Modern Day Music delivers the advantage of personalized community-based service. The service provides rentals for six, nine or twelve months and credits monthly payments toward ownership. While Joe and Emily Kellerman founded Modern Day Music in 2011, their expertise is unquestionable given their years of experience in the music industry, plus Emily hand makes violins, violas and cellos.

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Schmitt Music
2400 Freeway Blvd
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
(763) 566-4560
www.schmittmusic.com

The mother of all music in Minnesota, Schmitt Music, claims quite credibly to have the best selection of woodwind, brass and orchestral string instruments in the Midwest. It’s “Better Than Rent” Instrument Trial Purchase Plan offers reasonably priced, customer-friendly plans including flexible instrument exchanges and unlimited return options. Its broad choice of instruments are all approved by local educators. It also has a huge selection of quality acoustic or digital pianos for rent. You must rent for a minimum of three months, but renters are given up to six months credit toward the purchase of a new piano.
Founded in 1896 by Paul A. Schmitt, the company now has six metro area stores plus greater Minnesota stores located in Duluth, Virginia and Rochester. The rentals are supported by the services of around 40 musical instrument technicians.

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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.