What are the different string ensembles?
Beginning Strings include all beginning third grade string students
Advanced Orchestra either meets together with 4th and 5th graders or as separate groups.

What are stringed instruments?
String instruments include violin, viola, cello and bass.

Who can participate in orchestra?
Beginning Orchestra is open to all 3rd grade students
Advanced Orchestra is open to all students with one or more years of playing experience.

When do string students meet?
String students meet twice per week for a half hour each. 3rd grade students have 2 half hour lessons while the 4th band 5th graders have one half hour lesson and one full orchestra rehearsal per week.

Where can I get an instrument?
ALWAYS get an instrument from a music store.  An important guideline is to look for a vendor that can service the instrument if a repair is needed.  Please DO NOT buy an instrument from a store that also sells bulk potato chips and socks!

Should I rent or buy?
I always suggest that you start with renting.  Most music companies offer really great deals on your first three months rental.  That should give you time to decide if you want to invest in purchasing an instrument.  It will also give you time to look for a QUALITY instrument, either new or used.  Please ask Mrs. Blackburn for suggestions as to what instrument brands are good quality BEFORE you make a purchase.  Below are approved Brands when choosing and instrument:
Armstrong, Artley, Bach, Besson, Benge, Blessing, Bueshcer, Bufffet Crampon, Bundy, Conn, Eastman, Emerson, Fox, Gemeinhardt, Getzen, Glaesel, Holton, Jupiter, Keilwerth, King, Knnilling, Leblanc, Wm Lewis, Lidl, Martin, Scherl & Roth, Scheibner, Schroetter, Selmer, St. Petersburg, Yanagisawa, Vito, Yamaha

What Method Book does my string student need?
Beginning Orchestra students use the "Essential Elements for Strings"  book 1
Advanced Orchestra students use the "Essential Elements for Strings" book 1 and 2

What are the different band groups?
There are three bands here at Hollifield.  They include:
Beginning Band, for 4th grade students new to a band instrument
Advanced Band, for 5th grade students with one year experience on a band instrument and
Jazz Band, for 5th grade band students by audition only.
 
What are the different band instruments?
Band instruments include: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, French horn, and percussion.

Who can participate in band?
4th graders with no experience may join Beginning Band.
5th graders with one year’s experience may join the Advanced Band

Who can be in Jazz Band?
Jazz Band is by audition only and is open to 5th graders who have one years experience on the following instruments: saxophone, trumpet and trombone.
Students who are taking private lessons on piano with at least 2 years experience may also audition.  Students who are taking private lessons on electric guitar and/or bass may also audition.

When do band students meet?
Beginning Band students have 3 half hour lessons and one full band rehearsal every two weeks.
Advanced Band students have one half hour lesson and one full band rehearsal per week
Jazz Band meets before school at 8:30 am on Friday mornings.

Where can I get an instrument?
ALWAYS get an instrument from a music store.  An important guideline is to look for a vendor that can service the instrument if a repair is needed.  Please DO NOT buy an instrument from a store that also sells bulk potato chips and underwear!

Should I rent or buy?
I always suggest that you start with renting.  Most music companies offer really great deals on your first three months rental.  That should give you time to decide if you want to invest in purchasing an instrument.  It will also give you time to look for a QUALITY instrument, either new or used.  Please ask Mrs. Blackburn for suggestions as to what instrument brands are good quality BEFORE you make a purchase.  Below are approved Brands when choosing and instrument:
Armstrong, Artley, Bach, Besson, Benge, Blessing, Bueshcer, Bufffet Crampon, Bundy, Conn, Eastman, Emerson, Fox,Gemeinhardt, Getzen, Glaesel, Holton, Jupiter, Keilwerth, King, Knnilling, Leblanc, Wm Lewis, Lidl, Martin, Scherl & Roth, Scheibner, Schroetter, Selmer, St. Petersburg, Yanagisawa, Vito, Yamaha


What Method Book does my band student need?
Beginning Band students use the "Accent on Achievement" book 1 for their particular instrument
Advanced Band students use the "Accent on Achievement" books 1 and 2 for their particular instrument
Percussion students use "Accent on Achievement" book 1 for mallet percussion only and "Rhythm Reading for Drums" book 1 by Garwood Whaley
 


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