North Kansas City Schools is committed to providing instrumental music to all fifth-grade students. Your fifth grader has the option to become part of the Elementary Strings Program!
String instruction is available from fifth grade through high school graduation in the North Kansas City School District. We offer instruction on violin, viola, and cello. (Some schools also teach the string bass!) Playing a musical instrument can bring lifelong enjoyment and many string players find themselves in demand at the university level and in community groups.
Starting the week of September 28th, bi-weekly Strings classes will begin in all of our elementary schools. These classes occur during the regular school day. Students are encouraged to rent or purchase their own instruments. (See below for more information on this.)
Students in Strings can expect to learn the basics of how to play their instrument, learn how to read music, and even get to participate in performances!
How should I get an instrument?
Once your child has decided to join Strings, it is time to get an instrument.
Renting an instrument is a great option for fifth graders. Instruments in the strings family come in different sizes, and as your child grows they will need larger instruments. Renting an instrument allows for easy trade-in when it is time for your child to switch to a different size.
What size instrument does my child need?
Because violins, violas, cellos, and basses come in different sizes, it is important that you get the correct size instrument for your child. Prior to COVID-19, teachers would do this for families, but due to the strict physical distancing guidelines, it will be much safer for families to measure their child at home.
Here is an excellent sizing guide provided by Shar Music. The instructions are provided for each instrument, including a video and written instructions.
If you are still unsure after measuring your child, feel free to reach out to your child’s Strings teacher for further guidance!
Renting an Instrument
North Kansas City Schools has three approved vendors who offer rental instruments. All three of these vendors have locations in the Kansas City area, and you will be able to pick up your child’s instrument and class supplies from their shop!
As a secondary option, NKC Schools is arranging for these three vendors to offer a pick-up night at two of our schools. Look for more information to come.
Find out more about the rentals from these vendors on their websites:
Purchasing or Renting Elsewhere
If you are interested in going another route to obtain an instrument, it is important that your child has a quality instrument and all of the needed materials in order to succeed. The required materials for Strings class are:
- Instrument and Bow
- Instrument Case
- Folding Music Stand (If you have one at home, you need not buy another)
- Lesson Book: String Basics Book 1 for your instrument published by Kjos
- Soft rag or cloth for cleaning the instrument
- Shoulder Pad/Rest (Violins/Violas) or Rock Stop (Cello/Bass)
When looking for an instrument, it is important to choose a quality instrument to help your child succeed. The minimum requirements for an instrument can be found here.
Additionally, the following brands are approved by our NKC Schools Strings teachers:
- KC Strings
- Scherl & Roth
Families interested in purchasing a different brand not listed should contact their child’s Strings teacher before purchasing.
Still have questions?
Reach out to your child’s Strings teacher below:
PEGS (Northland Innovation Campus)