Suggested Instruments

A quality working instrument is extremely important to the success of your student. An instrument that does not stay in tune or that has poor tone will not be fun to play or to practice. Please avoid purchasing instruments online...especially from or eBay. I have seen many students bring these instruments to school and quit playing because of frustrations involving an unresponsive instrument. A quality instrument makes all the difference! I always recommend renting or purchasing the best instrument you can afford. Your student will love playing and love to practice if they hear pleasant sounds coming from their instruments. Please let me know if you need any help deciding on an instrument.

Suggested Brands

These instruments can be found at music stores in the area. I HIGHLY recommend going to a string specialist to purchase/rent your instrument! You can also find these instruments used on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or Used instruments may need new strings, bridges, pegs, etc. Please feel free to email me if you have questions about a used instrument!

Franz Hoffmann

Core Academy


Eastman String instruments

Scherl and Roth




Klaus Mueller

Guitarists will need an acoustic guitar that fits them. I suggest the Yamaha C-40 or Yamaha Folk Guitar Series. Other great brands are Epiphone, Fender, Guild, Gibson, Breedlove, etc. Pretty much anything you can get at a reputable music store listed below.

Please contact me before buying an instrument that you think is a "great deal." These "amazing deal" instruments are usually found on Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, or Ebay and go by the name of Mendini, Cecilio, Lico, Windsor, First Act,  etc. In the string world, you really do get what you pay for!!

Music Stores

Davidson Violins

102A S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036

(866) 291-0321

Music and Arts

8653 Concord Mills Boulevard, Concord, NC 28027

(704) 979-5260

The Violin Shoppe

2112 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204

(704) 373 - 0551

Sam Ash Music

5533 Westpark Drive,

Charlotte NC 28217

(704) 522 - 9253

Guitar Center

10408 Centrum Pkwy, Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 544-7934 

Music and Arts

8046 Providence Rd C, Charlotte, NC 28277

(704) 341-0000

Howren Music

4209 Park Road

Charlotte, NC 28209

(704) 525 - 5073

Online Shops

Shar Music

(866) 742-7261

Johnson String Instruments

(800) 359-9351

Baroque Violin Shop

(866) 846-5469

Woodwind and Brasswind

(800) 348-5003