10 Best Music Stands | March 2017
- can be used sitting or standing
- all-black finish
- sets up and breaks down quickly
- allows for magnet use
- 180-degree tray tilt
- vented bookplate design
- high-quality locking mechanisms
- built-in sheet music clamps
- rubber feet caps
- surprisingly sturdy
- three height adjustment points
- includes a waterproof carrying bag
|Brand||Be Sharpe Music|
- quick clamp adjustment levers
- 2-inch lip accommodates most needs
- has a stable stance
|Brand||Peak Music Stands|
- height adjusts from 24 to 45 inches
- allows for compact storage
- can support heavy sheet music
- double lip for pens or a bow
- corners are nicely rounded
- tilt is easy to adjust
How to Choose a Stand That's Best for You
"They all look alike." This is what my mother said. I was a kid at the time, and she had taken me to pick out a music stand for my electric guitar. We were in a cramped store, where all of the music stands had been relegated to one corner. Short of asking an employee, we had no real way of differentiating one of those stands from another.
Fortunately, a lot has changed since then. Today's consumers have the luxury of performing a little bit of research before they decide. If you're in the market for a music stand, the first thing you'll want to consider is what you need that music stand for. Let's say you're taking lessons, for example. In that case, you'd want a stand that is collapsible. If you bike or walk to those lessons, then you'd want a stand that comes with a case that features a shoulder strap, as well.
If you're a professional musician, on the other hand, you'll need a reliable stand that won't fall over. You'll also want a stand with a solid shelf, one that'll allow you to shuffle several sheets - or binders - at a time. If you're playing outside, then you'll want a stand that comes with clips for securing sheet music. If you're playing with an ensemble, it's apropos for every member to have a similar model and color.
Beyond that, you just want to confirm that the stand is adjustable. You also want to confirm that the legs come with protectors or rubber caps, so the metal or aluminum won't scratch up your floor.
Several Music-Stand Hacks That Are Convenient, Easy, And Fun
The term music stand evokes images of a conductor, or chamber music, or perhaps some soloist in a rehearsal space, running through a movement on her own. Ironically, a music stand can be repurposed for any number of things. Let's take a look at some of the cool things people are using these stands for in their homes.
A music stand isn't made for holding hardback books, per say, but it can certainly be used to hold a magazine if you happen to be following a recipe while standing up. A music stand can just as easily be used for referencing step-by-step instructions that you take from any home-improvement guide.
A music stand can be used as an elevated station for any digital tablet. In fact, you may even be able to use that tablet as a word processor, assuming you can plug a keyboard into the USB. Either that or kick back and watch a movie while you recline on the couch. Placing the tablet on an adjustable stand means you don't have to hold it in your hands or rest it in your lap.
If the base of your music stand is set up like a tripod, chances are you can detach it. With a little handiwork you can use that mini tripod to hold a camera, or a mirror, or a pen light, or a scope. You can also detach the stand's adjustable pole along with one of its wire clips (these are used for holding sheet music) to create a DIY selfie stick. There are any number of apps that'll allow you to take photos by using hand gestures instead of a remote control.
A Brief History of The Music Stand
Music stands were originally invented as early as 200 BC by the Ancient Chinese. And yet these stands didn't really come into their own until 1500 years later, during the European Renaissance. The more nuanced and polyphonic a piece of music - or symphonic movement - became, the more reliant individual musicians became on notation. Early music sheets were written by hand until Gutenberg invented the first printing press in 1440. From that point forward there was a marked difference in the way any ensemble piece of music was notated and performed.
Early music stands were wooden with certain models maintaining a shaft that could be adjusted via screw. During the 1800s, metal would prove a much more efficient replacement for wood. Modern stands eventually went from folding to collapsing, thereby providing an easier form of transport. The standard screw used for adjusting a stand was replaced with a metal collar. Height adjustment went from taking minutes to taking seconds.
For all the changes in technology over the past 50 years, the modern music stand has remained essentially unchanged. Certain models are more efficient, sure, while others have been designed with additional features, or perhaps a sturdier tripod for support. In the final analysis, the most significant difference would have to be the selection. It's a buyer's market when it comes to music stands these days, which means with the right amount of research, it's a lot easier to find a stand that represents a perfect fit for you.