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So your Child Wants to Play a String Instrument. The adventure begins…. Everything you need to know to get started. Halifax Schools String Program. Consists of 2 classes/week (violin or cello) Grade 3 to 6 at your school Grade 7-9 All City Orchestras + school ensemble+class (3 clases/week)

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The adventure begins

The adventure begins…

Everything you need to know to get started

Halifax schools string program
Halifax Schools String Program

  • Consists of 2 classes/week (violin or cello)

  • Grade 3 to 6 at your school

  • Grade 7-9 All City Orchestras + school ensemble+class (3 clases/week)

    • (add viola & bass)

  • Grade 10-12 Orchestra+ class+ theory

    String students can join All City groups including HSSO, Honour Violin, FiddleFax Choirs and Jazz Groups

Parent guardian s role
Parent/Guardian’s Role

  • Set a practice schedule, sign reports,

  • LISTEN to your child

  • Help with tuning and problem solving

  • Support child with their Long term commitment to the program

  • Encourage and praise

  • Ask questions

Student s role
Student’s Role

  • Set a practice schedule, fill in reports,

  • Attend all lessons

  • Be prepared

  • Ask questions

  • Don’t give up

  • Have fun!!

Teacher s role
Teacher’s Role

  • Motivate and encourage

  • Adapt instruction

  • Develop students skills

  • Answer any questions

  • Provide Performance Opportunities

The dynamic flow
The Dynamic Flow

Consistent communication is key!

The fine print

The Fine Print

Where do we begin??


  • Parents provide instrument (rental or purchase), method book and incidental expenses.

  • Incidental expenses include rosin, strings, music stand, tuner, shoulder rest or floor anchor.

  • Instruction is a benefit of supplemental funding. You have paid already!

Rent or purchase


Rental office and teacher provide maintenance and support

Swap sizes

Loaners available


Parent responsible for all maintenance

Choice of bow and case

Available to others in family

Rent or Purchase ???

Buying a string instrument
Buying a string instrument

  • Please consult string teacher before purchasing an instrument

  • Correct sizing for your child

  • High quality instruments are easier to play

  • Better sounding instruments sustain student interest.

An alternative to purchase
An alternative to purchase

  • Halifax Music Centre has a large inventory of high quality string instruments in many sizes available for rental at modest cost.

Rental office
Rental Office

  • Cost is $120.00 for school year.

  • Insurance (add a rider to household / tenants’ insurance)

Notes to students
Notes to students

  • Responsibility, respect, and cooperation

  • Care and Pride of “ownership”

  • Your instrument is not a toy.

  • Read and follow teachers’ special instructions.

Rental office 3 rd floor qec
Rental Office – 3rd Floor QEC

  • Hours and location

Your pick up night
Your Pick-up Night

  • Thursday, October 7th

    anytime between

    3:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Class times
Class Times:

  • Grade 3 Violin

    Thursdays 10:45 – 11:45 am

    Fridays 11:55 am – 1:05 pm

    First Class: Thursday, October14th

  • Grade 4/5 Cello

    Mondays 1:15 – 2:15 pm

    Tuesdays 11:55 am – 1:05 pm

    First Class: Tuesday, October 12th