• 5th Grade:

    • Instrument* – (please see below for information about instruments and sizing)
    • Violin/Viola players – shoulder rest (it needs to lift the instrument up – no foam ones – recommended brand: Everest)
    • Cello/Bass player – rock stop or chair anchor
    • Rosin (it should come with rental) – (I recommend dark not light rosin, if given a choice.) Bass students make sure it is Bass Rosin
    • Essential Elements for Strings (please be sure to buy the book for your child’s instrument!) No books from before the year 2000. Book 1
    • Pencil and erasers (a few designated just to keep in their instrument case would be best, so they have one every day)
    • Composition notebook (not spiral)
    • Folder – 2 pockets
    • 5 sheet protectors – put in folder
    • Tuner – recommended brand: Snark (please no animal/owl ones – they do not work properly). Tuning apps on phones do not work well in a group setting. They will need a tuner.
    • Finger Tape – your student will need finger tape for their instrument.
    • Cleaning cloth (you may use an old washcloth, sock, etc. You do not have to purchase this item)

    6th Grade:

    • Instrument* - (please see below for information about instruments and sizing for those who do not yet have an instrument) 
    • Violin/Viola players – shoulder rest (it needs to lift the instrument up – no foam ones – recommended brand: Everest) – returning students should already have this 
    • Cello/Bass player – rock stop or chair anchor – returning students should already have this 
    • Rosin (it should come with rental) – (I recommend dark not light rosin, if given a choice). Bass students make sure it is Bass Rosinreturning students should already have this 
    • Essential Elements Book 1 and Book 2 for their instrument. No books from before the year 2000 returning students should already have book 1 
    • Pencil and erasers (a few designated just to keep in their instrument case would be best so they have one every day) 
    • Composition notebook (not spiral) – returning students should already have this 
    • Folder – 2 pockets  
    • 10 sheet protectors – put in folder  
    • Tuner – recommended brand: Snark (please no animal/owl ones – they do not work properly). Tuning apps on phones do not work well in a group setting. They will need a tuner – returning students should already have a tuner. 
    • Finger Tape  – returning students should already have this. 
    • Cleaning cloth (you may use an old washcloth, sock, etc. You do not have to purchase this item) – returning students should already have 

    Recommended Materials for both 5th and 6th grade students: 

    • Music stand for home practice  
    • Extra set of strings for their instrument and correct size of instrument. Strings break, it is no big deal – at the beginning level, I recommend students have Prelude strings. They can get by with Red Label, but they will sound tinny. Students really cannot wait weeks to get a new string as they will get behind and not be able to participate and practice. Bass student: parents talk to me about this, you do not need to buy them yet.  

     *Instrument Information:

    String instruments are different than other instruments, as size is very important. When students get their instrument, they should not take out the bow and try to use it. The bows break very easily, and it doesn’t even look like they are broken. Please have them wait to use the bow until they know what to do. More than likely, the bow will not make a noise on the string initially, because we have to get it ready to play.  

    Rarely are students at this level on a full-sized instrument. If they are not the correct size, they will struggle to play correctly. If you rent, as your child grows, they will trade out the size for free.  

    At the store, they will measure your students' arm length, to size them. However, their arm grows before their hand. I have found a good rule of thumb is to please go a size lower than what they recommend.   

    Better yet, I can tell you what size your student needs. If you want to get the instrument before they come to class, you can send me a picture of them standing against a door with their hands up like they are going to give a high-five. Please be sure to tell me which instrument they want to play. Send it to my email address: jill.skolrud@husd.org. I’ll send you an email back with the size they should start with.   

    I strongly suggest you do not buy an instrument! There are several reasons:   

    • Remember as your student grows, they will trade out the size for free if you rent.  
    • If they find they like another instrument better, it is easy to switch instruments.  
    • Those “good deals” on Amazon are not a good deal. Please do not buy them. Also, please do not buy colored instruments. Red, Black, Purple, Blue might look neat, but they do not work properly. All these often will not tune or more likely will not stay in tune. Students will have to tune their own instruments, and this frustrates students greatly. (Most of the time, if I am tuning them, I can only get them close, not in tune). On these instruments, most of the bridges and pegs do not work correctly. This only frustrates the student as their instrument will not work correctly and they struggle to get a good sound.  
    • Buying a used instrument: If you are buying a used instrument, the brands to avoid are: Mendini, Cecilio, Aliyes, Artall, and Eastar. I would be happy to answer your questions about used instruments and/or purchasing instruments before you buy them.  
    • If these two are your only option, please talk to me as we do have some school instruments available to rent. We do want every student who wants to play in the program, so we do have some options available for those that need financial help. Please just let me know. I want to help every student succeed and getting the correct materials is the first step. 

     Donations Are Appreciated for the Classroom:

    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Kleenex
    • Finger Tape
    • Pencils
    • Pencil Top Erasers
    • Sharpies
    • Clorex wipes