History and Information about the Cornet
The cornet is very similar to the trumpet, which is the highest voice in the brass family of instruments. Although the trumpet is considered one of the oldest instruments, the cornet as we know it wasn’t developed until the mid-19th century. The cornet differs from the trumpet because of its more compact shape and mellower tone. When you take cornet lessons, you will be exposed to an extensive repertoire including jazz, blues, rock, funk, and classical music.
When to Start on the Cornet
You can start cornet lessons as young as age 8, depending on the student’s lung capacity and physical strength. They also must be able to effectively use the muscles around the mouth to maintain an embouchure.
Getting a Cornet
Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a cornet. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). However, when buying or renting a used cornet, it is recommended that you buy a new mouthpiece. Most places that rent instruments will also provide repair services for their instruments.
Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Cornet
Most books and many supplies are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.