Orchestra News

Summer Orchestra Lessons for Beginners – 2018                                   

Who: Students in grades 3 or above
What: Orchestra – Violins, violas, cellos, and basses
When: Sign up now (by Friday, May 18)
Lessons will be held twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays for 1 hour each time.  This is the equivalent of twenty weeks worth of lessons during the school year so now is the time to get a head start!
Dates: June 11 & 14; 18 & 21; 25 & 28; (no lessons July 2- 6); 
                                        July 9 & 12; 16 & 19

Times: Violins & Violas 12:15 – 1:15 pm
        Cellos & Basses 1:15 – 2:15 pm

Where: During the summer, lessons will be given at the Middle School.
During the school year, each child will have lessons at their own school in addition to large group practice.  They will play for programs at those individual schools.

Cost:    During Summer – Lessons are FREE.  I will provide all music for summer lessons. During the Year – Lessons are free; books are about $6.00 per year.

Instruments: Violins must be provided by the student.  They can be rented at a minimal cost from Music Mart in Faribault.  
Basses (played standing up), cellos (held between the legs),and violas (held like a violin but with a lower sound) are provided by the school.  
Bass and cello students will be given one to keep at home while another will be available for them to use at school.  (Cello students will need to transport these instruments to and from lessons during the summer.)

To ensure that your child has the opportunity to start in the summer string program, please complete the attached form and return it to the classroom teacher by Friday, May 18.  You will be given a final schedule during the last week of school.

If you have any questions, please call me at 333-6674 or email me at  msloane@faribault.k12.mn.us  and I will be happy to answer them.


The String Orchestra Instrument Choices (Description)

 Violin—Unaltered for centuries, the violin is perhaps the most widely recognized orchestral instrument. Whether you call it a violin or a fiddle, it is the string family’s highest voice. High pitched, beautifully toned, the violin is often used as a lead or solo instrument, particularly in music demanding fast passage work.

 Viola—played under the chin much in the same manner as the violin, the viola is slightly larger and tuned differently. A larger tone chamber endows the viola with its mellow qualities and enables it to produce somber, moody tones.

  Cello—officially known as the violoncello, the cello produces deep lower registers and subdued higher tones. Unlike the violin or the viola, the cello is supported on the floor by an endpin while the seated performer steadies the instrument with his or her knees.

 String Bass—The string family’s largest instrument, the string or double bass may be played with the bow or plucked by hand. The bass is the deepest voice of the string family and can function as a rhythmic accompaniment or as a solo instrument. The deep response of the bass gives foundation and “bottom” to the orchestra. 



The orchestra program strives to teach more than music, training leaders and motivating students to achieve personal success in all aspects of life. Learning to play an instrument and belonging to the school orchestra is a wonderful opportunity! Students learn self-discipline, group cooperation, problem solving, goal setting, self expression, memory skills, concentration, poise, enhanced physical coordination, high self-esteem, and the importance of team work – skills in great demand for almost every aspect of life.

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski