There are more events on our Upcoming Shows page! Local concert bands and choirs!
We are proud to announce that we are now carrying high-end bows for orchestral string instruments! Reputable brands such as Doerfler, Werner, Arcos, and Codabow ranging from $500 to $2000 are available. Stop by and try out some of our new bows!
We have a healthy assortment of double basses in store this January. Fill out your jazz band or pick up a solid wood bass to replace your old plywood bass . Right now, we have Gliga, Moar, and Gewa basses, and we are expecting to fill out our section with some Eastmans soon…
We are pleased to announce that we are now a proud Alvarez Guitar dealer. Alvarez is a full line of instruments ranging from entry level instruments (Regent Models), solid wood top guitars (Artist Models), and all solid wood instruments (Masterworks Models). If you haven’t tried an Alvarez guitar before, stop by and strum a few in our beautiful guitar room.
To see more, check out our Alvarez Guitar Page
“The main concern for parents should be to bring up their children as noble human beings. That is sufficient. If this is not their greatest hope, in the end the child may take a road contrary to their expectations. Children can play very well. We must try to make them splendid in mind and heart also.”
— Shinichi Suzuki
One of our favourite teachers, Meredith, is teaching our Suzuki classes this year.
There are two group classes to choose from as well as private lessons, see the list with class options and times below.
Our private Suzuki lessons will be on Thursdays before and after the group classes (see notes below). Students may register for private lessons at any time.
Suzuki Violin Pre-twinkles – Fall 2013
Thursdays 3:30 pm- 4:15 pm
- For ages 4-6 and/or for beginners
- Additional private lessons are not required for these students, but are available
- Cost of lessons: $16.75 per lesson
Suzuki Violin Book I Group class
Thursdays 4:45 pm- 5:30 pm
-For ages 6-8
-Students need to know Twinkle Twinkle Theme and Variations
-Students are required to take additional private lessons (1 per week) either with Meredith or another Suzuki accredited teacher.
-Cost of lessons: $16.75 per lesson, for 7 weeks in the Winter term. The total cost for enrolment (without additional private lessons) is $117.25. No tax.
Suzuki Intermediate Ensemble – Fall 2013
**Learn more about this Ensemble Class Here**
Thursdays 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm
- For ages 9-12
- Students must be in Suzuki book 2, 3 or 4
- This ensemble class is intended as a supplementary class to private lessons. (Private lessons may be here or elsewhere).
- Cost of lessons: $16.75 per lesson
- Private lessons for Meredith’s Suzuki students will be available on Thursdays. If Thursday spots fill up, Meredith will offer any other available spot on her other teaching days.
- Meredith recommends that students take both private and group lessons, but will allow students to register solely for private Suzuki instruction.
Learn more about our Group and Ensemble Classes!
We have a new line of violin strings now available: Peter Infeld Strings. Come in and pick up a set!
We’ve added a new, exciting page to our website…our Places to Play Page! This page is a resource for beginner, intermediate and advanced players, who’d like to find a band or orchestra to play with! We’d love to help our customers find their voice, instrument and their musical community! We’ve listed local bands and orchestras, our long-time friends and customers. Learn about these groups, and how to join!
We’re also working hard to keep our Community Links pages and Upcoming Shows pages up-to-date with community organizations and performances. Keep checking in to see what is new with our Vancouver community partners.
Last, but not least, we’ve added a Fun Videos section to our site. We’re always sharing interesting, endearing and funny musical videos among the staff at Prussin, and this page gives us a chance to share these things with you.
Feel free to contact us if you have a community organization or event you’d like listed- email email@example.com
Life at times presents us with opportunities to make a big difference with a little effort. We invite you to help make such a difference through ‘Instruments for Change.’ We are sending musical instruments to the young musicians of the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra in Cateura, Paraguay.
Instruments for Change was launched on February 15, 2013. In two weeks we have received offers of up to 80 instruments . These include flutes, violins, trumpets, clarinets, saxophones, a cello, orchestral xylophone, a guitar, an autoharp, and a baritone horn. Offers of instruments and funds have been received from Vancouver as well as Seattle. One of the instrument donors is Don Davies, Member of Parliament, Vancouver Kingsway, who is also a violinist.
Our initiative is inspired by Landfill Harmonic. If you have not yet seen the truly inspiring U-Tube video called Landfill Harmonic, please view it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXynrsrTKbI or http://vimeo. com/52711779
Cateura is a slum built on a landfill. The video is about a remarkable musical orchestra in Cateura where young musicians play instruments made from trash.
Playing music brings hope into the lives of these children. As one young girl says in the video “without music I would have nothing”.
We have communicated with Favio Chavez, the Director of the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra. He is excited about the possibility of the Landfill Harmonic receiving proper instruments.
Favio writes: “the orchestra is a process that allows children to access better opportunities that will enable them to experience situations of change in their lives. One such situation on change could be through access to better tools or instruments. The idea is that those who are now at a certain level keep improving, otherwise we will not be creating a real change. I see this as a process not a product.
New young children are beginning to learn music by playing on recycled instruments because there are not enough proper instruments for all. These children are probably the next generation of the orchestra, once the children who are now in the orchestra are able to have access to better conditions to study and life. And the story begins again….But the recycled orchestra will continue even as proper instruments are integrated.”
HOW TO DONATE INSTRUMENTS
Prussin Music of Vancouver has generously donated many instruments, and has also volunteered to be the depot for donated instruments.
Please deliver your instruments to Prussin Music, 3607 West Broadway, Vancouver, clearly tagged for “Music for Change”
HOW TO PURCHASE INSTRUMENTS FOR DONATING
Prussin Music is making available a limited number of instruments for purchase at greatly reduced prices. Donors can purchase instruments in whole or make a partial donation toward an instrument of their choice.
Donations towards purchasing instruments can be made by phoning Prussin Music (604) 736-3036. Please specify that you wish to donate towards the purchase of an instrument for Instruments for Change, and indicate if you have a preference for any particular type of instrument.
Landfill Harmonic Instrument Wish List
- Violins 4/4
- Violins 3/4
- Violins 1/2 or smaller
- Bb Trumpets
- French Horn
Discounted Instruments available for Purchase (for Instruments for Change) from Prussin Music
- Cellos $400 (3 available)
- Violins $50 (3 available)
- Violins $100 (7 available)
- Trumpets $200 (20 available)
- Trombones $200 (10 available)
- Alto Saxophones $600 (15 available)
- Tenor Saxophones $700 (5 available)
The names of donors who wish to be listed, along with personal messages, will be forwarded to Landfill Harmonic so that the young musicians will see that they have inspired the world.
To communicate about Instruments for Change, please contact Janos Maté at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 604-828-0687 (m)