Assignments, Videos, Recordings, and Music Posted on Google Classroom

Welcome Back to School!

Lessons begin the week of September 19th.

Schedules will also be posted on Google Classroom.

I can't wait to play music again :)  See you soon!




Essential Elements Interactive Book 1

Don't forget to purchase an Essential Elements Book 1 for your instrument!



Grade 4 & 5 Orchestra Tips for a Successful year!


  • Average size Grade 5 students are ¾ size.  Contact me if you have questions about instrument sizing.
  • Please DO NOT PURCHASE INEXPENSIVE INSTRUMENTS ONLINE!  They will break easily and be difficult to play. 
  • Buy a folding MUSIC STAND
  • Buy Essential Elements Book 1 for your instrument.  Some instrument rentals include the book.

SCHEDULE TWO DAYS for playing an instrument at home

Students have one lesson a week in school or on ZOOM.  Designate at least two days a week where your child will play his/her instrument.  Keep the time to 10 minutes at first.

Buying vs. Renting an instrument

There are many instruments available on-line and in department stores for low prices. While these deals may seem attractive, they are usually not of the quality that will allow your child to succeed. These types of instruments often cost more money to repair when they break than their original purchase price.  
Inexpensive instruments do not hold tuning, they break easily, they do not have a good sound, and they are difficult to play.  Young students require a larger size of instrument once or twice a year until they are in middle school.  
It is important for your child to have the right tools to learn with during their first year.  If you are thinking about making a purchase, please talk with me first. 

Instrument Choice

The String Orchestra has 4 different instruments:  Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass

Video of Violin and Cello:


Double Bass:

Shake it Off:

FROM THE TOP:  Radio show featuring amazing kids playing instruments: