Many of you will know the Fine Music of the past – a name synonymous as an icon of Melbourne’s retail print music industry for over 30 years. Originally established around 1960 by Rueben Fineberg, Fine Music grew over the following decades to become known as Australia’s leading supplier of print music and music and theatre related texts. In 2002 the business was sold and in 2006 the doors were closed. A very sad day for Melbourne.
In the years that followed, Michael Jongebloed, a previous employee of the original Fine Music, couldn’t help but feel there was an increasing need in Melbourne for a specialist store like Fine Music and after much planning Fine Music in Hawthorn opened its doors for the first time in January 2012.
The Fine Music Of Today
The world has changed a great deal since Rueben Fineberg first started Fine Music all those years ago and so too has Fine Music. Not only can Fine Music boast the largest range of sheet music in the country but we have also expanded our offering to include an extensive range of brass and woodwind instruments and accessories from the world’s leading manufacturers such as Bach, Yamaha, Pearl Flutes and Schagerl. Our range caters to the needs of the beginner right through to the seasoned professional. We are also able to offer our education customers a full range of products and solutions including, orchestral percussion, recording and live sound equipment, guitars and amplification products, staging, keyboards and much more which can be found in our Education Catalogue.
We launched our online store in May 2015 with over 52,000 print music titles and over 6000 instruments and accessories. Of course, we just aren't big enough to keep all of this on site so we utilise our suppliers warehouses. This allows us to offer you, the customer access to many products you just never see on the shelf. Most (if not all) of our orders are in the post within 48 hours and we offer Free Shipping on nearly all orders over $50.
The recent success and rapid growth of Fine Music meant we were running out of room so in October 2017 we moved to a new larger showroom only a few hundred meters down the road. The new store is lighter and brighter and gives us much more room for in store events and a larger range of instruments and sheet music. The new building includes a larger repair workshop and better parking for our customers.
The Fine Music Team
We have hand picked a team of dedicated staff who each bring to Fine Music their own unique knowledge and experience.The entire team pride themselves in providing customer service which is second to none.
- Michael Jongebloed - Owner
- Siôn Boomsma - Manager
- Michele Brown - Retail Manager
- Angela Kilpatrick - Education Sales
- Shane Simpson - Education Sales Representative
When Michael isn't busy producing the Victorian School Music Festival he is our resident low brass guru and concert band expert. Michael has over 25 years experience in the industry and is in high demand for his expert advice and recommendations.
You can find Michelle steering the front counter at Fine Music 5 days a week. She can find just about every one of the thousands of print titles we have in stock on the shelf in 30 seconds or less. Michelle plays clarinet and sax and loves nothing more than helping customers find their perfect instrument. If you are having trouble with that hard to find piece of music, contact Michelle and she will help you track it down.
Angela is the newest member of our team and is sitting by the phone to answer all your questions. Ange has a long history of working with schools and tertiary institutions and is well equipped to help them find the perfect solution for their program.
We don't see much of Shane at the store as he is constantly out on the road visiting our customers and suppliers providing customer service you just don't find anywhere else. Shane is our Double Reed expert and has spent over 25 years working as a professional musician and teacher. If you are at a school and need to take a look at anything before you place an order, Shane is the man you must speak to. Contact him and he will load up his little van and high tail it out to you.