September 2020 - Back to School



August 2020 - Welcome Back!

I am so excited to see all the returning 7th & 8th graders and to welcome all the new 6th graders to class this year.

This is going to be such a different year but we are going to make this a great year together. If you have not practiced your instrument since the Spring, it is time to dust it off and start again. If you have not rented your instrument it might be time to start thinking about doing that. Marsteller will have a very limited supply this year, so think ahead. When preparing your music space make sure you have plenty of room to move. Check to make sure you have decent lighting, a music stand and a good tuner or tuning app on your device. 

I have missed all of you and can't wait to start this year. 

Here's to a great orchestra year ahead,
Mrs. Bowers

Book and Virtual Supplies

  • 8th Grade: Essential Techniques for Strings Essential Techniques for Strings Book
  • 7th & 6th Grade: Artistry in Strings Book 1 - Artistry in Strings Book 1
  • Instrument - good quality with 4 fine tuners (violin, viola & cello) - This is very important as your student will be tuning their own instrument at home.
  • Bow
  • Rosin (not cracked or melted)
  • Shoulder rest - Violin/Viola (PRS or Kun work well)
    •  Please ensure all violins/violas have a decent shoulder rest. Make sure the shoulder rest is comfortable for them. *If it is not comfortable they will not use it.
  • 7th & 8th Grade - 3-Ring Binder with 3-5 clear sheet protectors and loose-leaf paper (a 3-pronged folder can also be used. Just make sure it can easily sit open with sheets protectors inserted).
  • 6th Grade - Pocket folder
  • Pencil
  • Cello/Bass Only - Rock stop (especially for non-carpeted or slick floors)

OPTIONAL - Extra Strings -

Violin - E & A

Viola & Cello - A & D


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