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As a student matures, their sound improves and they start to need better equipment.  A great start is a mouthpiece.  Here is a suggested list:

Burlington Public Schools – Suggested Mouthpieces by Level

Woodwinds

Clarinet – Beginner/Intermediate: Dolce

Advanced: VanDoren 5 RV Lyre Mouthpiece (not the B45)

Bass Clarinet – Beginner/Intermediate: Dolce

Advanced: Consult Private Teacher

Alto Sax – Beginner/Intermediate: Dolce (Medium Chamber) or Selmer C*

Advanced: Caravan

Tenor Sax – Beginner/Intermediate: Dolce or Selmer C*

Advanced: Caravan or Rascher

Bari Sax – Beginner/Intermediate: Dolce or Selmer C*

Advanced: Caravan

Single Reeds: Beginner – VanDoren 2.5, Intermediate – VanDoren 3, Advanced – VanDoren 3.5/4

***For Dolce and Caravan Mouthpieces, please support our local music stores by contacting them first! If they do not have those mouthpieces in stock, please check http://www.dolcemp.com/ and https://caravanmouthpieces.com/.***

Brass

Trumpet – Beginner (Elementary): Bach 7C

Intermediate (Middle School): Bach 5C

Advanced (High School): Bach 3C, 1.5C

French Horn – Beginner/Intermediate: Schilke 27 or Holton-Farkas

Advanced: Schilke 29/30

Trombone/Euphonium – Beginner (Elementary): Bach 12C

Intermediate (Middle School): Bach 6.5 AL

Advanced: Bach 5G or Schilke 51(D)

Tuba – Beginner/Intermediate: Conn Helleberg

Advanced: Consult Private Teacher

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