Music is a part of everyday life; from school to work, you are likely to hear some music at some point throughout your day. Listening to music to great, but playing music can be even better. But musical instruments are expensive, so renting one is a nice alternative. If you are looking to rent an instrument, these places in Washington, DC have got you covered.
Music On the Hill
801 D St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 733-3158
www.musiconthehilldc.com

Music On the Hill is one of the best music stores in the district, local or otherwise. The small shop offers music lessons, camps, holds events, sells instruments and accessories, and rents instruments. Instruments available for rent include trumpets, flutes, saxophones, clarinets, guitars and violins. Other instruments are available, but are not kept in stock. All their rentals are rent- to-own, so you will be happy to know your payments are going towards owning your instrument. And depending on which instrument you want to rent, your payments can be as low as $20 a month.

Alexandria Music Company
1502 Belle View Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22307
(703) 660-6025
www.alexandriamusicco.com

Described as “your source for band and orchestra instruments,” Alexandria Music Company is definitely where you would go if you are looking for instruments for your band or orchestra. But it is also great if you just want to rent an instrument regardless of whether you are in a group or not. They offer everything from percussion kits to piccolos for rent, with monthly prices ranging from $7.99 to $59.99. And for an additional fee you can have damage coverage as well.

Middle C Music
4530 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 244-7326
www.middlecmusic.com

Considered Washington D.C.’s only full-service music store, Middle C Music does it all. Less than 20 years old, the music shop quickly became a local favorite for families and musicians in the area. The instruments available for rent are student-level, and are cleaned between each rental. Brands they carry include Cannonball, Armstrong, Maple Leaf, Jupiter, Ludwig, King and more. With reasonable rates and quality instruments, you will want to become a part of the Middle C family.

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Brobst Violin Shop
5584 General Washington Drive
Alexandria, VA 22312
(703) 256-0566
www.brobstviolins.com

Brobst Violin Shop guarantees that when you leave their shop, your instrument will be in perfect professional order. They adjust every instrument before they are rented or sold, so you won’t have to worry about any of that when you get to your home, class, or the studio. The care they put into each instrument translates to your playing. The monthly rates range from $18 to $75.71, depending on the instrument. Rent your violin, viola, cello, bass or harp from Brobst and you’ll feel like Itzhak Perlman.

Foxes Music Co.
416 S Washington St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 533-7393
www.foxesmusic.com

Brass, orchestral, woodwind — Foxes Music Company has all the instruments you’d want to rent. With some of the lowest rates around town, you get a high-quality instrument at an affordable price. They even offer instrument consultations so that you leave with the right instrument. Whether you choose to rent-to-own, or just need an instrument for two months or more, you will be glad you went with this local music store.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.