Step-Up Instrument Suggestions

  • We recommend that students not continue to use their "beginner" instruments past the 8th grade, unless an advanced model was purchased initially.  Better quality instruments enable all students to learn more quickly and with greater ease.  The instruments listed below are recommended by the DISD staff as the best quality:

  • Flute

    Yamaha models 684 or 684-H

    Miyazawa model 202

    Muramatsu model EX

    Absolute Necessities:

    • Solid Silver Body and Head Joint (plated keys are ok)
    • Off-set G Key
    • High E Mechanism or G Disk
    • B Foot Joint



    Buffet R-13 (the "Festival" model is not recommended)


    Alto Sax

    Yamaha YAS 875-EX

    Selmer Paris Series II Model 52 Jubilee Edition



    Bach Stradivarius 180-S

    Yamaha YTR-8335RGS Xeno Series



    Bach 42-BO