Welcome! I am the strings teacher at MAS and teach violin, viola, cello and bass. 4th grade string lessons occur once a cycle for 40 minutes as a classroom pullout. Students use the lesson book Essential Elements 2000 Book I . I also conduct the 5th grade string orchestra, made up of students who passed their playing test in the 4th grade. These students continue to use this lesson book, supplemental material and are given orchestra music to learn in preparation for their upcoming concerts. The 5th grade orchestra performs in both the winter and the spring concerts.
Toward the end of the 5th grade, students are tested on specific music required of them. If they successfully pass, they will be recommended to join the middle school orchestra!