So many questions, so little time…

happygirlSchool is back in session and it’s time to start thinking about extracurricular options. As you consider whether to enroll in our afterschool class (currently available at Sarah Smith and Jackson elementaries), below I have compiled some general information and answers to common questions.

When/where is the class held?
At the Jackson Main Campus, classes are on Mondays – Beginners from 2:45 to 3:45 and Intermediate from 3:50-4:50. At Sarah Smith Primary Campus, classes are on Tuesdays – Beginners from 2:45 to 3:45 and Intermediate from 3:50-4:50. Students will take the bus from the Intermediate campus and will be checked in through the afterschool program

What will my child need for the class?
We provide all class materials, method books, and other necessary supporting materials. The only thing you will need to provide is the instrument outfit (instrument, bow, case, and rosin). And of course the student. 🙂

Which instrument should they choose?
First and foremost, if your child has a stated preference, it’s best to try and accommodate it if you can. If they aren’t sure, I would recommend making a visit to one of the instrument rental stores (see recommendations below). Taking into consideration their preferences as well as physical size and ability, they are usually great about working with you and your child to figure out which instrument is best for them.

Where can I find an instrument to rent?
Although there are several possible options, I have found that one is the most reasonable and convenient: Atlanta Violins. I have been impressed with their level of service, quality of instruments, and overall responsiveness. Everyone on staff is either a string teacher, experienced string musician, or has years of experience in instrument repair and maintenance. In my experience they are slightly less expensive than others, and the instruments are better quality. They are running a back to school special through September for all beginning outfits.

Which of the two KidStrings classes is best for my child?
The beginner KidStrings class is for those who have no musical experience or training on an instrument. While it certainly helps to have learned piano or had lessons on a non-string instrument, the Beginning KidStrings class is still perfect for them.

For those who are already comfortable with their instrument and reading simple music (and who have had at least a year of playing experience), I recommend the Intermediate KidStrings class. Here students play together as a group from the beginning, and learn a variety of string orchestra pieces.

Who teaches the class?
For the Beginning KidStrings class, there is one teacher for each instrument group (for the first half of the semester). Students will have the chance to get to know them well, and parents are welcome and encouraged to consider hiring them to teach privately in addition to the KidStrings group classes. It’s quite likely that as a violist myself, I will happily teach the violas! For the Intermediate KidStrings class, one to two teachers will conduct the class as a string orchestra group.

I’m finalizing my staff at the moment, but individual instrument teachers as well as full string class teachers are energetic, passionate about teaching, and most importantly well trained in their craft.

We are excited to work with you and your child to spark excitement and passion for string music. The rewards are well worth the discipline and hard work, and I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish this year!

Ready to register now? Great! Just click below to be taken to the Registration Page: https://www.daycareworks.com/registration/myafterschool/catalog_selection.jsp

Questions? Call us at 770-367-7521 or email jennifer@buckheadstrings.com

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