Putnam City School District is proud to offer elementary orchestra to our 4th and 5th graders. Mr. Scott is the head director of the Putnam City North Orchestra and serves as the elementary strings director to Ralph Downs elementary school. Ms. McKean is the assistant director at Putnam City North High School and serves at the elementary strings director at Will Rogers Elementary School.
NEW TO ORCHESTRA?
FIND OUT WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BELOW.
WHAT IS ORCHESTRA?
Orchestra is a music group consisting of students playing the violin, viola, cello and bass.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
We play all different kinds of music including:
We give 3 special concerts each year to share our music with family and friends.
HOW DO I CHOOSE WHICH INSTRUMENT TO PLAY?
Select the instrument that you like the sound of best. If you need help deciding, ask your teacher.
Your teacher will also help you determine what size of instrument you will need.
HOW DO I GET AN INSTRUMENT?
Most families rent instruments from local music stores. Violins and violas range from $25-30/month and cellos range from $40-45/month.
Please contact your teacher before purchasing an instrument. Mr. Scott will be happy to help you find an instrument that is in playable condition and in the correct size for the student. Some instruments are poorly made and often cost more to repair than they cost to buy.
The school has a limited number of instruments for students who would not be able to join orchestra based on cost. It is our goal to make this opportunity available to all students. Contact your teacher for more information.
Help with choosing an instrument:
If you would like help choosing an instrument, contact your teacher to set up an appointment.
WHO CAN JOIN?
All 4th and 5th grade students are invited to join the orchestra.
DO I HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT TO JOIN?
No! The orchestra is for beginners. You will learn how to:
hold the instrument
pluck and bow the strings
WHAT ELSE WILL I NEED?
Instrument - in the correct size
Essential Elements 2000 Book 1 for your instrument
Soft cloth for cleaning
LOCAL STRING DEALERS
You can find everything you need for orchestra at any of these stores. They will also help you determine the proper size instrument for you.
Inter-City Violin Studio
1414 NW 30th
Larsen Music Company
4001 NW 63rd St.
5013 N. Rockwell
Director of Orchestras
Putnam City North High School JeremyS@putnamcityschools.org
722-4220 ext. 2762