Please click on the Supplies List located on the right side of the screen. Please have all supplies purchased by Tuesday, September 2. Beginners and 6th Grade Intermediate students do not have to have their Uniform black pants and black shoes until October for the Fall Concert.
Students must have an instrument by Tuesday, September 2.
INSTRUMENT SIZE FOR STUDENT:
Most 6th & 7th graders will begin study on a 1/2 size or 3/4 size instrument. During the school year, I will notice when students have outgrown a 1/2 size or 3/4 size, and I will tell them when they are ready to upgrade to a Full Size instrument.
Most 8th graders play a Full Size instrument.
Violin Sizes: 1/2 size, 3/4 size and Full Size.
Viola Sizes available to students: 12", 13", 14", 15", 15.5", 16", 16.5", 17". Most 8th graders play a 16" viola. 16" is considered Full Size, but if a student has long arms, there are bigger Full Sizes available.
Cello Sizes: 1/4 size, 1/2, 3/4, or Full Size.
Bass Sizes: 1/4 size, 1/2 size and 3/4 size. A 3/4 size bass is a Full Size Bass.
WHY DO STUDENTS NEED TO PLAY ON THE CORRECT SIZE INSTRUMENT?
Instrument sizes were invented to fit the student's arm, hand and finger length. Playing on the correct size instrument allows the student to play the instrument IN TUNE with PROPER POSTURE and GOOD TONE to become an excellent player. If you allow your child to play on an instrument that is too large and too heavy for them, they will play OUT-OF-TUNE, they will show poor, incorrect posture habits, and they will be very uncomfortable holding the instrument. They may also injure muscles in the neck, shoulders, arms, hand, finger, etc.
WHERE TO RENT AN INSTRUMENT FOR ORCHESTRA:
Please rent an instrument from one of the Violin Shops listed on the Supplies List. There are Rent-To-Purchase programs at most Violin Shops. I do not recommend purchasing an instrument for your child if they are not playing a full size instrument yet. Here's why: If you purchase a 1/2 size instrument, you will not be able to trade it in at a violin shop for a 3/4 instrument once your child quickly outgrows the 1/2 size. You will then have to purchase a 3/4 size, and then eventually purchase a Full Size instrument. *If you rent a 1/2 size instrument, you WILL be able trade it in easily for the next larger size.
NO COLORED, PAINTED INSTRUMENTS ALLOWED because the paint negatively effects the sound quality of the instrument. They are also not allowed at UIL Contest for Advanced Orchestras. If you are a 6th grader, and you played a colored instrument in 5th grade, please let me know. You will not be able to play it at Pre-UIL or UIL Contest in 7th grade & 8th grade.
COLORED BOWS: Colored bows (red, blue, etc.) are appropriate for class use and all concerts EXCEPT for Pre-UIL Contest and UIL Contest. Just make sure the bow sounds good on your instrument before your buy it!
TRANSFERRING THE INSTRUMENT TO SCHOOL AND HOME:
Violin & Viola students will take their instrument to school every day for orchestra class, and take their instrument home after school to practice at home. (See Supplies List for Orchestra Locker info.)
Cello & Bass students will be able to play on a school instrument every day during class. Cello and Bass should rent an instrument to practice at home, and bring to all school concerts. Cello & Bass students who do not have a rental or school instrument at home must practice before school 8:00am-8:20am for their Practice Record grade. They will also have the opportunity to practice during FLEX for their Practice Record Grade.
Concerts - Cello students should bring their rental instrument to concerts. Bass students may bring their rental bass from home, or use a school bass.
*For information about Orchestra Lockers & Concert Uniforms: See Supplies List