FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions on WindStars


Nuvo instruments were designed to be durable even in young hands but we get it, sometimes life happens! WindStars created a series of videos to help you with questions about basic repairs and maintenance for each instrument which you can find on our Youtube channel @windstars education.

Repair/Maintenance of Recorder+, Dood, Toot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLfP3Xvmme4&t=1s

Repair/Maintenance of jFlute/Student Flute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8PJTS1UUPU&t=81s

Repair/Maintenance of jSax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_4ykj7Ux7Q

Repair/Maintenance of Clarinéo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXzGUAzP5Uw&t=33s

Repair/Maintenance of jHorn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfK4hf9HyCs

If you need spare parts, have a question not addressed in the videos or would prefer Nuvo to complete the repair for you, please email brittany@nuvo-instrumental.com

All Nuvo instruments are 100% waterproof! This makes it easy to clean and sanitize instruments. There are a few cleaning options you can choose from:

1. Dishwasher: All instruments are dishwasher safe but we recommend that you do not use the HEATED DRY cycle, just let them air dry. This can damage the adhesive holding a few silicone pieces particularly on the jFlute and jHorn. 

2. Hot Soap and Water: You can soak instruments in hot water with any sanitizing solution you choose. We advise against BOILING WATER but anything less than will not damage the instruments.

3. Mouthpiece Cleaner: Any instrumental mouthpiece cleaner that you would use on a full sized instrument can be used to disinfect Nuvo instruments. Purchase mouthpiece cleaner through your local music dealer.

Check out our Youtube tutorial on cleaning Nuvo instruments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGSUY1vfHjo&t=33s

My school doesn't have money for new programs. Are there other places to look for funding for a WindStars program?

We understand, it can be tough to get funding for a new program. Start by talking with your school administration or department chair. If there is no money currently available through the district, keep asking! In the meantime, there are grants and crowdsourcing platforms to help you fund your projects now.

 GRANTS

Title IV Federal Funding (Federal Grants): 

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes an opportunity for school districts to apply for funds to meet the mandate of ESSA—that all public-school K-12 students have access to a well-rounded education. Music and arts are designated as “well-rounded subjects” within ESSA.

Overview information about Title IV: 

Easy to Understand Infographic:

NAfME Recorded Webinars about Title IV:

 

Save the Music Foundation

Save the Music partners with local communities and school districts to build sustainable music programs. Their grants help provide instruments and music technology to jumpstart public school music programs.

 

GRANTS.GOV:

This is a federal database to search and apply for grants. This is great if you have time to look through what is available. Make sure you use keywords to narrow down the search!

 

CROWDSOURCING

AdoptAClassroom:

Fundraise for the materials you need and access the funds immediately online. It is completely free for teachers to use. You do not need to create a specific project; you control how to spend your funds! 

 

DonorsChoose:

DonorsChoose is a United States based nonprofit organization that allows teachers working in public schools to request specific items they would like for their classroom. Friends, families and strangers can donate money towards funding your project. 

NON-PROFIT

Mockingbird Foundation:

MFI is particularly interested in projects that encourage and foster creative expression in any musical form (including composition, instrumentation, vocalization, or improvisation), but also recognizes broader and more basic needs within conventional instruction. MFI encourages applications associated with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, and philosophies.

 

CORPORTATE GIVING

While not very specific, we have spoken with many teachers who have received grants through large chain stores like grocery or department stores. Visit corporate websites or look for local information boards. Ask your town/city officials or research through local social media channels. There may be opportunities that you just need to ask about! 

 

FUNDED YOUR PROGRAM?

Did you successfully receive a grant to fund your music project?

Have another source we can add to this list? 

Let us know!

 

Email: brittany@nuvo-instrumental.com 

To download songs and resources:

  1. Click Resources > Music on the top menu.
  2. Find songs and resources using the search bar.
  3. To refine your search, use Filter results by.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. In the search results, tick the checkbox on the file you wish to download.
  6. When ready to download, click the Add button to add the files to your Downloads folder. 
  7. Click Go to Downloads to review your download queue.
  8. Click Download All to download the files you picked.
     

Registration is free and easy:

  1. Click Register on the upper right corner of the page.
  2. Fill in the boxes on the registration form. Asterisks indicate required information.
  3. Click Create New Account.
  4. Check your email and look for email from nuvo-windstars.com (check your Spam folder too).
  5. Follow the instructions to activate your account. 

That's it!

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