No real experience playing music on an instrument. One with little to no knowledge of music theory and musical language. Student level instruments are best for beginners due to affordability, durability, and ease of use. Ideal for elementary and middle school.
Comfortable on their instrument. Increased knowledge of music theory and musical language. Can play detailed passages with a fair amount of practice. Beginning to develop their individual voice on the instrument. Intermediate level instruments combine the affordability of a student instrument with more advanced features found on professional instruments.
Have developed their full voice on their instrument. Extensive knowledge of music theory and musical language. Virtuosic and technical in their playing. Professional level instruments are the top models offered by manufacturers. They contain the latest features, best materials, and ornate detail.