I recommend renting from a reputable violin shop rather than an all-purpose music store. I do not recommend purchasing an instrument at the beginning of your child’s violin studies, especially as they will quickly grow out of each size.
Good violin shops in the area include:
Henry Bischofberger Violins in Kirkland www.hkbviolins.com (my top preference for rentals)
Hammond and Ashley Violins in Issaquah www.hammondashley.com
Bischofberger Violins on Capitol Hill (Seattle) www.bviolins.com
Olsen Violins in Ballard (Seattle) www.olsenviolins.com (my top preference for purchases) David Stone Violins in the University District (Seattle) www.davidtstoneviolins.com
Ask me for further guidelines for choosing a music store and your instrument.
Along with renting a violin and bow you will need rosin and a lint free cloth for cleaning the rosin dust off the violin. Most cloth napkins, hand kerchiefs or wash cloths will work as a cleaning cloth. Rosin can be bought cheaply with instrument rental.
You may also need a shoulder rest which can be bought at the violin shop where you rent the instrument, online, or at general music stores such as Music and Arts. Please wait to purchase a shoulder rest until I’ve had a chance to experiment with different sizes and shapes of shoulder rest to find the best fit.
Music and Arts in downtown Redmond, as well as most local music stores, carry Suzuki books.
For sheet music, supplies and violin rental/purchase by mail I recommend:
For Suzuki resources, including a Suzuki parent discussion forum visit www.suzukiassociation.org. Please consider becoming a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Information about the benefits of family membership can be found on the website.