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Music Students: Measuring for an Instrument

Dear Students,

I feel like I blinked and missed summer . . . but fall means school starts . . . which means it is almost time to begin lessons!  Now is the perfect time to dust off your instruments – even though I know you practiced every day this summer 😉 – and brush up on your scales.

Find your music bag and make sure all your books are still there.

And maybe ask your mom or dad to measure you, just to make sure your instrument still fits well.

To measure for instrument sizing:

  1. stand up straight!  Extend your left arm straight in front of you, palm up.  (Make sure your shoulder doesn’t move up toward your ear, or push out toward your hand)
  2. with a tape measure, measure from the middle of the shoulder (between the top of the shoulder and the collarbone) to the middle of the palm of the extended hand.

18.4″ – 20.4″ = 1/4 size

20.4″ – 22.2″ = 1/2 size

22.2″-23.5″ = 3/4 size

23.5″ = 4/4 size

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