ELEMENTARY ORCHESTRAS

Putnam City School District is proud to offer elementary orchestra to our 4th and 5th grade students!

 

Mrs. Bunch is the director of orchestras at Hefner Middle School and serves as the elementary strings director at James L. Dennis.

Mr. Scott is the head director of the Putnam City North Orchestra and serves as the elementary strings director to Ralph Downs elementary school and Harvest Hills elementary school.

 

Mr. Smith 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:

  • Classical

  • Fiddle

  • Jazz

  • Movie Themes

  • Songs

 

We give 3 special concerts each year to share our music with family and friends.

HOW DO I CHOOSE WHICH INSTRUMENT TO PLAY?

In elementary, students will select either the violin or cello. Opportunities to switch to viola or bass will be in their second year of playing. 

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?

Rental:

All students will need to rent instruments from local music stores. Violins range from $25-30/month and cellos range from $40-45/month. 

Purchase:

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.

Help with choosing an instrument:

If you would like help choosing an instrument, contact your teacher to set up an appointment. 

QUESTIONS?

Contact

Becky Bunch

Director of Orchestras

Hefner Middle School

James L. Dennis Elementary

BBunch@putnamcityschools.org

Jeremy Scott
Director of Orchestras

Putnam City North High School

Ralph Downs Elementary

Harvest Hills Elementary 

JeremyS@putnamcityschools.org

722-4220 ext. 2702

Brett Smith

Assistant Director of Orchestras

Putnam City North High School

Will Rogers Elementary

BrettS@putnamcityschools.org

722-4220 ext. 2703

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

  • read music

WHAT ELSE WILL I NEED?

  • Instrument - in the correct size

  • Essential Elements 2000 Book 1 for your instrument

  • Rosin

  • Shoulder rest or sponge

  • Rock-stop (cello/bass)

  • 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

Oklahoma City

405-843-1573

 

Larsen Music Company

4001 NW 63rd St.

Oklahoma City

405-843-1573

 

Oklahoma Strings

5013 N. Rockwell

Bethany

405-789-4672

Palen Music

7701 N Broadway Extension

Oklahoma City

896-8111