The adventure begins… Everything you need to know to get started
Halifax Schools String Program Consists of 2 classes/week (violin or cello) Grades 3-6 at your school Grade 7-9 Orchestra + class (add viola & bass) Grade 10-12 Orchestra+ class+ theory String students can join All City groups including HSSO, Honour Violin, Choirs and Jazz Groups
Parent/Guardian’s Role Set a practice schedule, sign reports, LISTEN to your child Help with tuning and problem solving Long term commitment to the program Encourage and praise
Student’s Role Set a practice schedule, fill in reports, Attend all lessons Be prepared Ask questions Have fun!!
Teacher’s Role Motivate and encourage Adapt instruction Develop students skills Performance Opportunities
Cost Parents provide instrument (rental or purchase) and method book. Instruction is a benefit of supplemental funding. You have paid already! Incidental expenses include rosin, strings, music stand, tuner, shoulder rest or floor anchor
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.
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