All About Orchestra

WHY JOIN ORCHESTRA?

Click on the videos below to see more of each instrument in action, as well as learn why playing a musical instrument is good for your brain! 

Q&A for new students is at the bottom

Viola

Bass

Cello

Violin

Most Common Q&A

Can I rent an instrument from the school?  The only instrument students CANNOT rent are violins.   Rental is $150 for the year, and there is no refund or discount if a student drops out or starts halfway.

Can I take home the instrument I'm renting? Absolutely!  

Where can I purchase/ rent an instrument besides the school?  Here is a link to my equipment page.  I would highly recommend participating in a rent-to-own program.

What is the price to rent an instrument from a music store?  Prices range from approx. $20-$70 a month, depending on the brand, size, and quality of the instrument.

Can I just purchase an instrument online, like through ebay or amazon?  Be very careful when purchasing online.  If an instrument is cheap, it is NOT a good deal.  If the price is only a few hundred or less this is not a good sign.  More than likely it is factory made and will cost more to fix in the long run.   Think about it like a car.  A cheap and often broken down car will get you from A to B, but it may spend more time in the shop than being driven.   

Which Instrument is the hardest to learn?  Each instrument is different and unique in it's own way, so there is not necessarily one that is easier or harder.  

Is there an instrument better for certain body types?  Follow your heart when choosing the instrument you would like to play.  Students with longer and larger fingers tend to do better on the cello or bass than students with shorter and skinnier fingers.  HOWEVER, there are professionals of all body types for all instruments, so don't let body size stop you from playing the instrument you want to play!

What other equipment will I need for Orchestra Class?  Beginners will use String Explorer Bk 1, and each student will need to purchase his/her own method book.  Violins and Violas need to purchase a shoulder rest (check the size), and cellos and basses will need to purchase a rock stop.