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Rent or Rent to Own It’s Easy!

Canada’s Best Band Instrument Rent/Rent To Own Program Over 90 years experience creating the best rent/rent to own program in Canada. Choose between affordable new and used programs featuring Canada’s top brands like Yamaha, Accent, Bach, and Selmer. Benefits of Renting To Own:

Musical instruments are expensive, and you may want to try them out before buying one.That's where equipment rental comes in! You can rent musical instruments and gear for a fraction of the cost of purchasing them outright.

 St. John's Music has locations across Canada, including Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, and Edmonton.

Pride of Ownership

Why rent when your rental payments can go towards ownership. Once all payments for the full purchase term are completed, you automatically assume ownership of the instrument.

Top Brand Name Instruments

Only the best for our Rent to Own customers featuring Yamaha #1 choice of music educators in Canada. We also offer other top names like Bach, Selmer, and Accent.

Early Buy Out Option

You have discovered that this is the instrument for you and it’s great that your monthly rental payments have gone towards ownership. Simply call or visit your St. John’s Music location to find out your early buy out option.


Affordable monthly payments for our two programs conveniently set up for pre authorized payments from your VISA, Mastercard or American Express.

Choose From The Following Programs


Monthly Rent to Own rate – Brand New Instruments featuring Yamaha top quality instruments.

Premium Used

Monthly Rent to Own rate – Great Quality Used Instruments that have been cleaned and serviced by our in store repair departments.

St. John’s Music Checklist

Enhanced Maintenance Plan

For only $4.50 per month we give you complete “peace of mind.” This package covers all maintenance or accidental damage of the instrument plus our no deductible insurance against loss due to fire or theft. Willful damage excluded. If damage occurs our stores feature an in store repair and maintenance department designed to have your instruments back in your hands quickly and ready to play.

St. John’s Music Starter Kit

Save money on the essential supplies you need. Includes a care kit, featuring all the essential maintenance supplies needed to keep the instrument clean and in top play condition, as well as a quality folding music stand.

Method Books

Ensure you are ready to go with a how to play, method book specifically for your instrument. Call for rent/rent to own options. By ordering this instrument you are agreeing to the terms and conditions

We require a VISA/Mastercard/American Express, driver’s license, and email for all rentals agreements. Here is a link to the terms and conditions.

Popular Instruments We Rent

Instrument Rental Programs For School Bands

At St. John's Music we are happy to offer to rent musical instruments, because we understand that purchasing a new instrument isn't for everybody. If you have a child who needs a school band instrument rental, some of the most popular we offer are flute rentals, clarinet rentals, trumpet rentals, saxophone rentals, trombone rentals, and many other wind, horn, and percussion instruments.

Flute Rentals

Brands of flute rentals include: Yamaha, Accent, Sonare, Selmer, Vito
Types of flute available: Flute (most common), Piccolo, Alto Flute (very rare), Bass Flute (very very rare)
Required/Suggested Accessories: Swab, Cleaning Rod, Pad Paper, Polishing Cloth, Flute Stand, Music Stand, Sheet Music, Case

Flute Rentals

Clarinet Rentals

Brands of clarinet rentals include: Yamaha, Accent, Vito, Selmer, Buffet
Types of clarinet available: B flat Clarinet (most common), Alto Clarinet (rare), Bass Clarinet, Contra Bass Clarinet (very rare)
Required/Suggested Accessories: Reeds, Swab, Ligature, Mouthpiece, Cork Grease, Pad Paper, Woodwind Mouthpiece Brush, Clarinet Stand, Music Stand, Sheet Music, Case

Clarinet Rentals

Trumpet Rentals

Brands of trumpet rentals include: Yamaha, Accent, Bach
Types of trumpet available: B-flat Trumpet (most common), C Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet, E flat/D Trumpet
Required/Suggested Accessories: Valve Oil, Slide Grease/Cream, Mouthpiece, Bore Cleaner, Brass Mouthpiece Brush, Trumpet Stand, Music Stand, Sheet Music, Case

Trumpet Rentals

Saxophone Rentals

Brands of saxophone rentals include: Yamaha, Accent, Selmer
Types of saxophone available: Alto, Tenor, Soprano, Baritone
Required/Suggested Accessories: Reeds, Swab, Ligature, Mouthpiece, Neckstrap, Cork Grease, Woodwind Mouthpiece Brush, Sax Stand, Music Stand, Sheet Music, Case

Saxophone Rentals

Trombone Rentals

Brands of trombone rentals include: Yamaha, Accent, Bach
Types of trombone available: Trombone, Bass Trombone
Required/Suggested Accessories: Slide Grease/Cream, Mouthpiece, Bore Cleaner, Brass Mouthpiece Brush, Trombone Stand, Music Stand, Sheet Music, Case

Trombone Rentals

Why Rent an Instrument For School Band?

Many parents hope to see their children gain an interest in music, and school bands are an excellent opportunity to foster a love of music. Studies have shown that students who participate in music programs also perform better on tests in math and English compared with students who do not. Other benefits of learning music include higher self-esteem, better listening skills, stress relief, fostering creativity, and even higher graduation rates.

However purchasing an instrument upfront can be an intimidating decision if that particular instrument isn’t the right “fit” for a student. We all know a young musicians interests can fade, or maybe they just want to play a different instrument. There are many good reasons to consider renting an instrument instead of buying.

Top Brand Name Instrument Rentals

At St. John's Music we understand how important your child's music education is. This is why when you rent from St. John’s music, you’ll rent Yamaha instruments, or other high quality brand names such as Accent, Selmer, and Bach. All instruments are professionally cleaned, sanitized and tested to be in prime playing condition.

Our rentals come in two categories: New or Premium Used.

Instrument Rental Insurance and Maintenance

In addition to top brand names in rentals, we also offer enhanced maintenance plans which include all maintenance of the rental instrument to keep it in prime condition, as well as protection against accidental damage to the instrument, and no deductible insurance against loss due to fire or theft. We all know kids will be kids, and accidents do unfortunately happen.

We also have instrument care kits for daily cleaning and up-keep, and many other accessories you might need, such as sheet music stands, instrument cases, instrument stands, sheet music, straps, reeds, guitar picks, and much more. One stop shopping for all of your child's musical needs.

Instrument Rental Programs

Our rental programs are set up on a month-to-month basis. You can cancel at any time by returning the instrument to any St. John’s Music location and can cancel the rental contract, and are only responsible for paying for the months which you are in possession of the instrument.

In addition to standard monthly rentals, we also offer a rent-to-own program if your young musical prodigy decides to continue to embrace their love of music once they’re done with the school band program.

If you decide you’d like to keep the instrument, your rental payments go towards ownership where you can buy the rental out and purchase the instrument at any time. Alternatively you can rent for the full term, and you may cancel at any time. See our Terms & Conditions for more information.

Reasons to Rent an Instrument

Instrument rentals also are not only for school bands, as many parents may prefer to enrol their children in private music lessons, or as a supplemental learning resource in addition to the schools musical education program.

Our instrument rental program is available at any of our St. John’s Music locations in Calgary, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Ontario and Edmonton. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to drop in at any location and speak with one of our experts, or give us a call at 1-800-563-9683.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the advantage of going with a new instrument?

Most customers will prefer an instrument that has never been blown in by another player. The new instrument will not show blemishes which comes with a used instrument. New band instruments from a reputible manufacturer have a good resale value.

What if I don’t have a credit card?

Not a problem. We can do monthly auto payments from a VOID cheque however we will have to conduct a credit check which will have to be approved by the store manager. Should any concerns arrise the store manager will consult you on your options and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today.

Can my child change instruments?

Yes, but you will need to consult with the band director prior to any instrument switches to make sure you find the right instrument for your young musician.

How much is an instrument worth?

Each instrument has a value that we can provide you upon request. Beginner instrument pricing is unavailable online. Contact us.

What do I do if my child loses their instrument?

Lost instruments can happen. The Enhanced Maintenance Plan has insurance to give you “peace of mind.” We treat lost instruments as stolen so we will require a police report to replace the instrument.



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