2016-17 Beginning Orchestra Sign Up



Dear Parents,

As third grade students in Sept. 2016, children are provided the opportunity to study an orchestral instrument from the string family—violin, viola, cello, or bass—each of which the children have observed at a demonstration. In our present society, performance opportunities on stringed instruments span far beyond the classical symphonies into the areas of rock, jazz, fiddle, and pop cultures—and to undergraduate string programs at most colleges. It is quite a privilege to study a stringed instrument in Upper Dublin School District, and thriving string groups exist in all of the UD schools through to UDHS.

The string instruments are available in sizes to accommodate each child’s needs.

The approximate amount based on 2015-16 prices for an instrument rental is as follows:


Group A

Group B

Group C


Violin/Viola

Cello

Bass

School Year 9 -Month Lease*

$140

$190

$260

Initial 4.5 Month Lease

$39

$90

$140

Necessary Teaching Accessories*(Complete)

$40

$40

$40

Total Amount for school year(tax not included)

$180

$230

$300

*The book, CD, DVD, and music stand are yours to keep.

*A 9 month rental is highly recommended for a complete school year of instruction and performance at both winter and spring concerts. You may wish to start with a 4.5-month lease; however, after the initial rental period is over sometime in January, you will be charged a higher monthly rental fee.)


The commitment to studying a stringed instrument consists of the following:

  • Weekly attendance at small group lessons at a time during the school day as arranged by Mrs. Huang with the classroom teacher. Lessons take place from September until June.

  • Regular, consistent, practice of assignments at home, for 50-75 minutes per week.

  • Weekly attendance at 7:45 AM orchestra rehearsals once a week from October –December 2016 and February –May 2017.

  • Being prepared with both instrument and music book at every lesson and orchestra rehearsal.


In order to facilitate scheduling for the fall of 2016, please indicate your interest in having your child’s participation in the string program by going to the following link: UDSD Orchestra Parental Approval Form. There will be a limited enrollment so please consider this opportunity carefully and promptly. Please complete and return the online parental approval form as soon as possible, preferably by June 6. Your child will then be measured and information concerning the rental of instruments will be sent home via paper and email. In terms of quality of the instrument, correct sizing, and maintenance considerations, renting is superior to purchasing an instrument at this point of instrumental instruction. Please feel free to phone or e-mail me if you have any questions that require additional information.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Mae Huang

mhuang@udsd.org