Instrument Suggestions

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:

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