Course Materials

Students will need to have an instrument and a book, as well as items related to the instrument.  Following is more detailed information on what is needed.

1.  An Instrument - These can be purchased or rented.
For Orchestra:  Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass (half-size to full-size available).

Renting an instrument is a good option for beginning students.  With many of the local music stores, the monthly cost is inexpensive ($20 - $100) depending on choice of instrument.  A percentage of payments are applied towards final purchase of the instrument.  Should a student show a strong interest and want to upgrade to a nicer quality instrument (or a full-size instrument for orchestra students), rental money can be transferred to the purchase of a different instrument.  Many beginning instrument models are designed to be sturdy and create decent sounds for less cost.  As students progress, intermediate instruments and professional instruments become appealing for many reasons, but of course, have a much higher cost.

Rental Night
For your convenience, we will have a local music store for a "Rental Night," Wednesday, August 30th, at Cimarron Middle School.  This event is for parents of Orchestra students at all of the elementary Schools that feed into Legend High School.  Mr. Stroman and the Instructors will be at Cimmaron to help you with any questions or concerns regarding instruments or instruction.  A local music store, C.I.O.M.I.T, will be there, complete with instruments and various supplies so you can take care of renting the instrument during the event, close to your home. 

Meanwhile, you're more than welcome to rent directly from a store of you choice, if you wish.  You can even do it online!


Buying an instrument is an option -  just keep in mind, like anything else, there are good instruments and not-so-good instruments available. If you're planning on using an instrument that's been around in the family - Dad's old trumpet, for example, that's terrific.  Do expect that such an instrument may need some maintenance to be in good working condition and consider having it checked out. 

2.  Instrument-related items
In addition to the instrument, there are a few needed items that are specific to each instrument:

Violin: shoulder rest or "purple" sponge, rosin and a soft cloth.  A full set of
extra set of strings is highly recommended.
Viola: shoulder rest or "purple" sponge, rosin and a soft cloth.  Extra strings on
the higher two pitches are highly recommended (A and D).  
Cello: rock stop or cello board, rosin and a soft cloth. 
String Bass: rock stop, bass rosin, and a soft cloth. 

*Please note that reeds don't last very long, especially at the very beginning stages. 
Students should always have more than one reed available, which will mean either stocking up in advance, or getting more reeds several times through the year.  It is possible that we can have reeds delivered directly to the school for your convenience.

3.  Music Book
These books are specific to the instrument you play, so for example, if you play clarinet, you’d want to get the clarinet version of the book.  You maypurchase these books on your own at a music store (call first to make sure they have the book).  These books are also available on Amazon.com.  Book 1 will be available at the Rental Night on August 29th.

            Beginning Orchestra students will be using Sound Innovations for String Orchestra, book 1.

            Intermediate Orchestra students will be using Sound Innovations for String Orchestra, bk 2.
                (Please check with your teacher before purchasing book 2.)

4.  A pencil 
Pencils need to be used during rehearsals, and need to be kept with the instrument or music.

5. A music stand for home practice.
Posture and holding position are such important parts of learning to play an instrument.  Having a stand to use at home is important.  If you rent an instrument from a music store, a stand should be included.