Do you want to learn how to play the
Violin? Viola? Cello?
Beginning Strings class instruction is offered at Belle Forest Community School as part of the Shelby County Schools curriculum for fifth grade students. This class will prepare your child for the Strings and Orchestra classes which are offered at the middle and high school levels in many of the Shelby County Schools.
When is it taught?
Class will meet twice each week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings, during the school day. Our first official class will be Tuesday, September 4.
What does it cost?
There are no instruction fees or lesson payments. You will need to purchase–at a local music store–your own method book and supplies, which will cost about $25. Renting an instrument from one of the local music stores will cost $100-$150 for the year. The school has a limited number of instruments for loan, based on need. A student must have their supplies to be eligible for a school instrument.
So how do I enroll?
Complete the online application at https://drpalmerstrings.weebly.com/ You can also scan the QR code at the bottom of the page. Registration should be completed by Wednesday, August 29.
What happens next?
Dr. Palmer will collect the applications online, and distribute acceptance letters by August 31. During the first official class (September 4), he will make recommendations concerning the specific instrument for your child. This recommendation form will also include a list of necessary supplies, a list of local music stores, and other important information.
I use REMIND.com to send occasional updates and reminders, and you can contact me through this service. Please enroll in REMIND at “rmd.at/bfstring18” or by texting @bfstring18 to 81010 or 901-881-9447.
Dr. Andrew Palmer teaches Fifth Grade Beginning Strings at four Elementary Schools, directs the Honors Orchestras at White Station High School, and travels throughout the school district as a Double Bass Specialist.