• 10 REASONS

    HOW DO I JOIN THE SGASD STRING ORCHESTRA PROGRAM IN 3 EASY STEPS?

    STEP 1:  WHAT IS A STRING INSTRUMENT?


    STEP 2:  HOW DOES A STRING PROGRAM WORK DURING SCHOOL?

    • 1.  Students may join strings in any grade. Really!!  
    • 2.  Elementary students will observe an assembly demonstrating the VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, and BASS. SGI AND SGAMS students will hear about the program on the morning announcements and music classes.
    • 3.  Students will have the opportunity to " try out" the VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, and BASS.
    • 4.  Students will be given handouts (which will also be on this webpage) on how to get an instrument.
    • 5.  REGISTER YOUR STUDENT.  There is  an Official Registration Google Document to fill out to put the student on the school's String Orchestra Roster. ( is on the blue tab marked "String Registration".
    • 6.  Instruments must be obtained by Cycle 4. *At this time, school-owned string instruments are not available for home use.
    • 7.  Students will be in lesson groups by instrumentation and grade (Violins with Violins; Violas with Violas.... 3rd graders with 3rd graders.....)
    • 8.  String lessons are during the school day. I see the string students once per cycle. I see the string students for a 20 - 30  minute lesson. (SGI & SGAMS are 25-30 min lessons) String lessons are a "pull-out" lesson, meaning students will miss some class time during their string lesson. This is usually not a problem.  We all work together to make sure all students are successful in their academics, as well as their string instruction. 
    • 9.  Students are responsible for having their instrument, a pencil, and any other handouts needed for the school lesson. Students who forget one or all of these items should still attend the school string  lesson as an observer.
    • 10.  Students are responsible for following the directions, expectations, procedures, and rules of the string lesson class and school.
    • 11.  The only activity outside of the school day is our spring concert in May. This concert is usually at the high school and starts at 7pm. More details will be sent home closer to the concert date. Please treat this like a championship game - I need all of the string players in attendance as everyone is important on this team! Nobody sits the bench in strings! The concert date is already on the school calendar! Please inform coaches, dance teachers, instructors, leaders, etc..... so they know the string student will be at the concert.  THIS YEAR WE HAVE AN ADDITIONAL CONCERT:)  THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION CONCERT.  SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2023 AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL STARTING AT 7 PM.
    • 12.  At this time, elementary strings is not a graded activity. However, I will be sending home progress reports. 


    STEP 3: OBTAINING A STRINGED  INSTRUMENT ( AND OTHER INSTRUMENT INFORMATION)?

    • You will need your instrument by Cycle 4 – your first lesson. 😊
    • I strongly suggest getting your instrument from Menchey Music Service – see flyer/videos below. They offer a rental plan with a maintenance plan. If you break your instrument, they repair/replace it for FREE. Also, they have a rent-to-own plan. As your child grows, Menchey’s will provide the size of instrument that is necessary. Your payments go towards your next-size instrument – which you can then own.
    • Remember – your instrument fits you now and as you grow, your instrument will need to grow with you. Menchey’s plan gives you 100% towards your next size instrument – because we need you to play longer than just one-year. 😊
    • If you choose to buy an instrument outright, you will need to buy another instrument when your child grows out of the first one. You will need to figure out what to do with your old instrument.
    • Please do not buy instruments online. They are usually not quality instruments and break easily – and there is no maintenance plan. Also, if you break the instrument you bought, most music stores will not be able to repair it.
    • At this time, there are no school string instruments available to use at home.
    • When you get your instrument, please look - don’t touch. You do not want to have a broken instrument for your first lesson.

    If you have any questions about the string program, please contact Mrs. Gross at grosss@sgasd.org. If you have any questions about a rental plan, please contact the music store you wish to deal with. 

    Before you rent or buy a string instrument, you need to know the size instrument your child needs. This will be found in your child's "STRING PASSPORT" that was given to them during the "instrument exploring" assembly.

    If the student missed the string exploring day, I can size them when I am in their school building next.

    How to Rent an Instrument Online 

     

    *HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR INSTRUMENT  

    Please do not get your instrument out of the case before the first lesson. This way, all instruments will be in good working order for the first lesson:)
    INSTRUMENT CARE
    VIDEO - HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR INSTRUMENT :)

    *WHEN DO I NEED TO BRING MY INSTRUMENT & BOOK TO SCHOOL?

    I would like to start lessons on Cycle 4. As of 8/1/22,  Mrs. Gross's schedule should be:

    Day 1 = Paradise, AM and SGAMS, PM
    Day 2 = SGE
    Day 3 = SGAMS (7th & 8th graders need their instruments days 3 & 5)
    Day 4 = SGI (5th & 6th graders need their instruments days 4 & 6)
    Day 5 = NSE, AM and SGAMS, PM
    Day 6 = SGI (5th & 6th graders need their instruments days 4 & 6)

    The day I am at your school is the day you need to have your instrument, handouts, songs, packets,  pencil, music.... :)

    *HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO COME TO MY LESSON DURING SCHOOL?

    Once everyone has registered on the Google document, then I will work with the classroom teachers as to what time your string lesson will be. Remember, you are part of a privileged group of students who get out of class to play an instrument. Please follow all school rules - especially in the hallways. Also, you must work with your classroom teacher to discuss what you will be missing during your string lesson.  A schedule will be made and posted in the classroom. (schedules will take a while to solidify as we may have some students joining after the due date)

    Lastly, everything will be on Schoology: home practice assignments, activities, handouts, games.... Please check Schoology on a regular basis. STRING STUDENTS SHOULD BE USING SCHOOLOGY WHEN THEY PLAY/PRACTICE AT HOME. 

    Please feel free to contact Mrs. Gross with any questions or concerns at: grosss@sgasd.org. When contacting Mrs. Gross, please include the student's name, school, and grade. I look forward to teaching you about the string instrument and starting you on your  stringed instrumental musical journey!

    - Mrs. Gross