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Strings

 


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Any student in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade may choose to study an ORCHESTRAL string instrument as an extension of our music program.  Beginning in 4th grade, students may choose the violin, viola or cello and may choose bass beginning in 5th grade.  At this time, we do not offer guitar, piano or harp in school. 

String class is a 30 minute lesson in small groups and occurs outside of the regular classroom.  Students attend weekly lessons on a rotating lesson schedule.  For example:  Week 1 - 9:00 - 9:30; Week 2 - 9:30 - 10:00; Week 3 - 10:00 - 10:30, etc.  With this format, students will not miss the same subject each week.  A typical lesson consists of tuning, warm-up, a new concept or skill, lesson book/orchestra literature and a weekly practice assignment. 

Beginning in January or February, after school rehearsals are held to prepare for an evening performance in April on the Plum Sr. High stage.  These rehearsals are typically held after school and occur every third or fourth week during the spring.  The site for string orchestra rehearsals has not yet been determined. Bus transportation is provided from the elementary schools for these rehearsals (if rehearsal is not held at their own school) but parents may also drive their child to rehearsal from their home school, if desired.   If students have other activities (dance, sports, etc.) which conflict with orchestra rehearsals, we will try to work out a compromise of rehearsal time. 

   PRACTICE TIME EXPECTATIONS AT HOME
   Be sure your child has a music stand to use.


Beginners - 15 min. each night/5 nights a week minimum

Intermediate - 20 min. each night/5 nights a week minimum

Advanced I - 25 min. each night/5 nights a week minimum

Advanced II - 30 min. each night/5 nights a week minimum

         RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES

Students will need a lesson book (Essential Elements 2000 for Strings, Hal Leonard Publisher, latest edition).  1st/2nd year students need Book 1 and 3rd/4th year students need Book 2.

Students should us a music stand at home for practice.

Shoulder rest (for violin & viola only) - for students in their 2nd year and up.

Rosin (most rental companies provide rosin with their rental instrument.)
Mr. Nicholas Vranesevic
Elementary Orchestra Director

Voicemail
412-795-4430

Email
vranesevicn@pbsd.k12.pa.us 

Mr. Vranesevic is at Holiday Park on Day 5 in the AM.
 
Instrument Rentals
The Plum Borough School District does not provide instruments at this time for students to use.  The district recommends the following two companies for instrument rentals.

Volkwein's
412-788-5900
www.volkweins.com

Johnstonbaugh's
412-793-6631
www.johnstonbaughs.com