Elementary Orchestra (Strings) Program
The elementary orchestra (strings) program is available to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students that would like to learn how to play the violin, viola, or cello. Students learn to develop their ear (listening, evaluation, tuning), read music, develop self-discipline, poise, and self-confidence through performance, follow directions, function in a group, plan their time, and realize the joy of making music with the special sound of strings. The students perform three concerts throughout the school year. The program begins September 30 and continues through May.
Students must provide string instrument. There are several music stores that rent string instruments. Names of music stores and rental information will be provided at a later time. For those families on free/reduced lunch, there is the option of renting from the school district.
Group lessons are held once a week after school for 45 minutes. Parents can choose any location that best fits their child and family’s needs. There are no lessons on days that school is not in session.
FEES: $45.00 for the entire year. This fee is prorated for free/reduced lunch families. (Fee is not included in family cap).
NOTE: Classes may be combined in the event of low enrollment for any given class. The days of the week and location of the classes are as follows:
Special Note: There will be a teacher demonstration at the beginning of the year at all of the elementary schools for the students to choose an instrument that they would like to learn how to play. These demonstrations are scheduled as follows:
Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 - Check your school calendar
There will also be an evening meeting for the parents and students for measuring instrument size, rental information and final class placement. These evening meetings are scheduled as follows:
Sept. 17 Merrill Middle School Cafeteria – 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 Traeger Middle School. Cafetorium – 6:30 p.m.
(You need to only attend one of these meetings)