The adventure begins… Everything you need to know to get started
Halifax Schools String Program Consists of 2 classes/week (violin or cello) Grade 3 to 6 at your school Grade 7-9 All City Orchestras + school ensemble+class (3 clases/week) (add viola & bass) Grade 10-12 Orchestra+ class+ theory String students can join All City groups including HSSO, Honour Violin, FiddleFax Choirs and Jazz Groups
Parent/Guardian’s Role Set a practice schedule, sign reports, LISTEN to your child Help with tuning and problem solving Support child with their Long term commitment to the program Encourage and praise Ask questions
Student’s Role Set a practice schedule, fill in reports, Attend all lessons Be prepared Ask questions Don’t give up Have fun!!
Teacher’s Role Motivate and encourage Adapt instruction Develop students skills Answer any questions Provide Performance Opportunities
The Dynamic Flow Teacher Learner Home Consistent communication is key!
Cost Parents provide instrument (rental or purchase), method book and incidental expenses. Incidental expenses include rosin, strings, music stand, tuner, shoulder rest or floor anchor. Instruction is a benefit of supplemental funding. You have paid already!
Rent or Purchase ??? Rent Rental office and teacher provide maintenance and support Swap sizes Loaners available Purchase Parent responsible for all maintenance Choice of bow and case Available to others in family
Buying a string instrument Please consult string teacher before purchasing an instrument Correct sizing for your child High quality instruments are easier to play Better sounding instruments sustain student interest.
An alternative to purchase Halifax Music Centre has a large inventory of high quality string instruments in many sizes available for rental at modest cost.