Private lesson students must supply their own instruments to practice regularly at home in between their weekly lessons.  If you are not familiar with the instrument, please discuss the student’s needs with the teacher before purchasing or renting one.

Instrument Rentals

(CMS STUDENT POLICIES) CMS offers a limited selection of instruments for rent or purchase by CMS students on a first-come, first-served basis. Many of these instruments have been donated by generous members of the community.  They are available for rent only to students currently studying at CMS. If it is damaged beyond normal wear and tear, the student and his/her parents will be responsible for the cost of repairs or full replacement of the rental instrument.

Rental Fees for CMS Instruments (Based on Availability)

  • Cello…………… $30 per month
  • Clarinet………..$25 per month
  • Flute…………… $25 per month
  • Guitar ………….$25 per month
  • Guitar Amp…..$15 per month
  • Keyboard………$20 per month
  • Saxophone…….$30 per month
  • Trumpet………..$25 per month
  • Ukulele………….$20 per month
  • Violin…………… $20 per month

There is an additional cost for music books and/or study copies. Most teachers will recommend a study series (Suzuki, Alfred, Faber, etc) that can be purchased online or at a local music or book store. If the teacher purchases materials for the student as a courtesy, the student or parent must reimburse the teacher for the cost at the next scheduled lesson.

Contact the CMS office for availability of rentals.

Instrument Purchase

If you wish to purchase your own, here are some local and online resources:

Nazareth Music Center, Nazareth

Montero Violins, Emmaus

Zeswitz Music, Reading

John J. Zeiner Jr., LLC – Pianos Tuned & Repaired, Allentown

Amazon Smile to Support CMS

Musicians Friend

Always discuss the student’s instrument needs with the teacher before purchasing an instrument from any source.

Free Pianos

Check our weekly Music Notes e-newsletter for current listings of free pianos or visit the Music Notes Archives.

When pursuing any free piano advertised in the CMS newsletter, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or any other online source, always exercise caution and be aware of potential scams.  CMS recommends contacting John J. Zeiner, 610-393-4604 for assistance in evaluating, moving, and tuning any “new-to-you” piano.


We may accept donations of certain high-quality instruments in excellent playable condition.   Please email a photo and description of the instrument(s) you would like to donate.

Current Instrument Needs:

Violins (sizes: 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, & full)
Guitars (acoustic or electric)

Due to space restrictions, we are no longer accepting donations of sheet music or books.

Instruments must be dropped off at CMS during our normal hours of operation.  Appointments are preferred.  Please email or call 610-435-7725 x404, after 1:30 PM on weekdays.

Donated instruments are rented or given to students in need at little or no cost to the student.  If you have a piano or other instrument that you would like to submit for consideration, please review our donation policy