LOSD Beginning Strings Info for 21-22

  • The LOSD Beginning Strings Program is offered after school for interested students in grades 4 and 5 who have no previous playing experience on Violin, Viola, Cello, or Upright String Bass.


    • Classes will be held 3 days a week:
      • Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15 pm and Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 pm (due to LOSD school early release). 
      • Students are expected to attend all 3 days.
      • Program begins Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2022
    • Class location: Uplands 
      • Bus transportation is provided for all strings students to Uplands Elementary from each elementary school.
      • How do students get home after beginning strings class?
        • Parent/Guardian pick-up is between 4:15 - 4:25 on T/W, and 3:30 - 3:40 on Thurdays.
        • Students attending Extended Care will be bussed directly from Uplands to their Extended Care site (River Grove or Oak Creek). 
          • Bus transportation to Extended Day Services after Strings class is provided ONLY to those students Pre Registered for Extended Day Services at River Grove and Oak Creek. 
          • Note: Extended Day does not provide drop-in services. Any Student requiring Extended Day services after Strings MUST be Pre Registered to attend.

      Fee: $395 for the 2021-2022 school year.
      • Registration will start in mid-August via Community Schools.
      • Contact Community Schools for Free/Reduced lunch rate program fees.
      • Over 100 classes are held during the year, so this amounts to less than $4 per class!


    • Parent/Student Info nights: (attendance is optional)
      • Wed. Sept 1st and Tues. Sept. 7th at Uplands Elementary, 7 PM 
      • Come and try the instruments and learn about the program! 
      • If you'd prefer to not come to an in-person meeting, please view recommendations on how to select an instrument by viewing videos further down on this page. 

    REGISTER TODAY! Click on the instrument's name to register for that instrument's class.



    Select an instrument: Choose either violin, viola, cello, or upright bass.


    Visit the LOSD String Page and listen to our teachers demonstrate music you will learn next year!


    Obtain an instrument:

    Your child's success on an instrument is greatly affected by the quality of the instrument. By renting an instrument, you can obtain a higher quality instrument in fractional (smaller) sizes, which they will eventually grow out of and then be replaced by the next size up.  Rental programs should also include repair and maintenance.  Shop around and ask for specifics.

    • Please refrain from purchasing an instrument or using a 3/4 or full size (4/4) instrument, as these instruments will most likely be too large for a 4th or 5th grader.
      • Those that own instruments are required to pay for any repairs and maintenance needed (replacement strings, broken instrument, etc.). 
      • An inferior instrument almost always results in unhappy players, as the instruments are difficult to play and tune.
      • Fine tuners (4 screw-like pieces) should be on the instrument's tailpiece and easily turned.  If they are not able to be turned, please ask for a different instrument.
    • Visit with local specialists to compare quality and rental programs. This would be a fun summer activity, and if your child is part of the discussion of the financial commitment, they are more likely to care for it and practice more as well. :-)
    • Connect with metro area music stores as soon as possible to reserve an instrument rental for your child. Don't delay!  Stores may not have instruments in stock if you wait until mid-September.
    • Bring your child to the store with you for sizing. We encourage you to call first to make sure someone skilled is available at your visit to measure them.

    Visit our webpage for stores to visit (https://www.losdschools.org/Page/5275)

    Scholarship Instruments: The LOSD does have some scholarship instruments available for students in need. Please contact the program coordinators for requirements and assistance.

    Make sure you have all accessories (some may need to be purchased): 

    • Rosin
    • Sponge (Violins and Violas)
    • Bow
    • Rock-stop (cello and bass)

    Bring your instrument to the first day of class if you have it by then! :-)

    REGISTER TODAY! Click on the instrument's name to register for that instrument's class.