• ORCHESTRA STUDENTS NEW TO BENOLD IN 2020-21 CAN GET A HEAD START ON THEIR PREPARATION! GO TO MISS DANE'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL AND CHECK OUT THE VIDEOS FOR INSTRUMENT SET UP & HOW TO HOLD THE INSTRUMENTS!  MISS DANE'S ORCHESTRA YOUTUBE CHANNEL
     

    10 Tips for NEW Orchestra students:

     
    1. RENT! DO NOT PURCHASE! 
     
    RENT an instrument from a reputable string shop! See the Files and Forms page for recommended rental shops. If you are interested in purchasing an instrument, contact your child's director or private instructor BEFORE you begin this process. NEVER purchase a stringed instrument online unless approved by your director/private instructor. Make sure you know what is included in the rental and if there is an incentive program with your rental.
     
    2. GET SIZED! 
     
    Stringed instruments are unique in that they come in a variety of sizes to fit each student perfectly. Having an appropriately sized instrument is the most important aspect of a child's initial success. String teachers tend to have their own philosophy on instrument sizing so check with your director if you do not know what size instrument your child needs for class.
     
    3. ACCESSORIES
     
    Every rental should come with some accessories including the instrument, bow and a case. Rental instruments are often insured, so some basic maintenance will be included if there are issues with any physical aspects of the instrument. Beyond the initial set up from the rental company, you will need to purchase a couple supplies that MAY not be included in your company's rental. 
    • Violin/Viola: Rosin, Shoulder Rest or Sponge
    • Cello/Bass: Rosin, Rock Stop, or Cello belt
    • Additional supplies for home: Tuner (clip on for tuning at home before you practice), a soft cloth for cleaning off rosin

    Class Supplies for Orchestra are covered in the Activity Fee paid at the beginning of the school year....

       Black 1" Binder
       Pencil & Highlighter
       Note-book paper & a couple sheet protectors 

    Recommended Level 1 book for at home practice
       Suzuki, Volume I, REVISED EDITION


    *You may purchase these books at most music stores or instrument rental shops. You can also purchase online at www.sharmusic.com

    4. FINGERNAILS

    Students must trim their fingernails frequently and keep their hands clean when handling their instrument. Long nails make it impossible to place fingers on the strings correctly. It also causes the strings to wear away quickly, costing parents money. Dirt on the hands makes the instrument sticky and difficult to play.

    5. CLOTHING

    Beginning Orchestra students will receive an orchestra t-shirt. Students will wear these shirts at almost every performance throughout the year. Cost of the t-shirt is included in the yearly activity fee.

    6. TRIPS

    Orchestra students go on a few field trips throughout their first year

    7. CONCERTS

    Students will perform 4-5 times throughout the school year. Dates are set in August for early planning and arranging of schedules. All performances are required and count as a test grade (or two) and typically happen once every grading period (9 weeks). Orchestra Concerts are all in Georgetown ISD. Dates are on the school calendar, our google calendar, and the GISD Fine Arts Calendar.


    8. VOLUNTEER!

    Our Orchestras in GISD will always need extra help! Please sign up to be a volunteer in GISD and consider volunteering at our events! Your help makes our program run smoothly.  http://www.georgetownisd.org/Page/149

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