On this page you will find important information and dates regarding the String Orchestra Program.
Serving Audubon, Ben Rush, Ben Franklin, Mark Twain and Rose Hill Elementary Schools
Directors: Mrs. Janet Miller and Mr. Andrew Bushnell
All String Orchestra classes meet from 7:30am—8:20 AM. There are two rehearsals per week, see the schedule here:
Mondays = Beginning Violins and Cellos and Basses
Tuesdays = Level 2+ 5th grade String Orchestra
Wednesdays = Beginning Cellos and Basses and Violas
Thursdays = Level 2+ 5th grade String Orchestra
Fridays = Beginning Violins and Violas
The elementary String Orchestra classes meet on Stage or Orchestra Room (204) the band room at Rose Hill Middle School.
Students have three options to get to Rose Hill Middle School:
- If they are within walking distance, they may do that
- If a Middle School bus serves their neighborhood, they may take that to school but only if there is space available on that bus
- Many String Orchestra student families form carpools to get them to the Middle School.
At the end of String Orchestra classes each day, all students are bussed back to their elementary schools.
How much class time will they miss?
Students should get to their school fairly close to the start of the school day and should miss none or very minimal instructional time in their class. Teachers are supportive of the String Orchestra program.
Are there concerts?
Yes, we usually have two or three performances each year at RHMS with various levels of performers.A favorite is at the end of the year in May.
Will String Orchestra interfere with other activities?
String Orchestra is a fantastic opportunity for you and your family. We know how busy students and families are and we are always proud to have accomplished athletes, dancers, actors, hobbyists, and other interesting people sign up for band. We try to schedule our rehearsals and concerts as sensitively as possible so students can still pursue their homework and outside interests. String Orchestra is yet another way to become a well-rounded person. Students involved in patrol at their elementary may make arrangements with the string orchestra teacher when conflicts arise.
What instruments do we get to play?
What instruments are available to study?
Violin a high sounding instrument
Viola is a medium lower instrument
Cello is a low sounding instrument
Bass is the lowest sounding instrument.
The Cello and Bass are available at RHMS to play during class.You are to rent a cello or bass for home practice but you keep it at home and use the school instrument while in class.
What do we need?
What equipment does my child need?
Violin and violas: shoulder rest
3-rinder binder just for String Orchestra
What book should we buy?
Music will be provided.We begin using books in December.
Where do we get an instrument?
Most families set their student up for success by renting a string instrument from two of the reputable string music stores in the area. If you already own an instrument in the family for your child to play, please have it checked out by one of the string orchestra directors to make sure it is playable. Please use a nametag on ALL cases. To find a quality instrument, we recommend inquiring at a music store that has a Luthier on site.
I don't have my instrument or binder yet. Should I still START string orchestra?
YES! We can wait for your instrument or 3-ringed binder to show up but there's information you need from the very first rehearsal. Please show up even if you're empty-handed.
Register online by emailing this information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Name_______________________________ Grade _____________
Instrument Preference __________________________
School ________________ General Classroom Teacher ____________________
Parent/Guardian’s Names ___________________________________________
Parent Email Address ______________________________________________For more information please contact Janet Miller, RHMS Elementary String Orchestra email@example.com