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Grade 4 Strings Enrollment!


Enrollment is OPEN for the 2021-2022 
Grade 4 Beginning Strings program!

  • All lessons will be taught by Ms. Dagon, who teaches orchestra students in grades 4 and 5.  Ms. Dagon will visit your child’s classroom soon to introduce the instruments. 
  • Students may select VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, or BASS. (Note: participation is OPTIONAL)
  • The lesson program will consist of a weekly group lesson during school. Informal performances will occur, pending updates from health and safety.
  • The Belmont Public Schools requires a Participation Fee ($250) for this program. 
    • Fee Waivers and reductions are available by application (see below).
    • The Belmont Scholars program at Powers Music School provides free or reduced private lessons to any student who qualifies for a fee waiver or reduction.
  • Instruments can be rented online through our vendor, David French Music. You may acquire an instrument elsewhere, but only David French Music will deliver to our schools.
  • We ask that you enroll and rent your instrument online no later than Monday, September 27th in order to ensure that your instrument is delivered in time for your first lesson.
  • Lessons will begin during the week of October 4th at your elementary school. 

To enroll in the Grade 4 Strings Program:

  1. Complete this form to register for String lessons.
  2. Pay the Grade 4-5 Instrumental Music Fee or apply for a Fee Waiver
  3. Complete this form to request a scholarship instrument, only if you have applied for a fee waiver.
  4. Fill out the instrument rental form online ahead of time from David French Music.
  5. Pick up your instrument in person at Instrument Rental Day (September 29th, drop in 3:00-6:00PM, Location TBD) 
  6. Contact Powers Music School if you are interested in the Belmont Scholars Program or Saturday Morning Music School

Strings Program - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the instrument choices for 4th grade students?  

Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass (students select one)

How do we sign up for 4th grade string lessons?

A quick and easy online form was recently emailed to all 4th grade families. You can also find the sign up form via the Belmont Visual and Performing Arts website: https://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/vpa/

What are the fees associated with the string program?

Belmont Public Schools requires a $250 participation fee (paid online when you sign up). Instrument rental costs (typically ranging $30-60/month) are separate from the participation fee. Fee waivers for both costs are available - please complete this form to apply for a fee waiver.

Can we buy a string instrument online instead of renting? 

Yes, however we strongly recommend renting a string instrument from a reputable music company instead of purchasing. Young students will play a fractional size string instrument, not full size. Rental companies will allow your child to change to the next instrument size as they grow, and usually offer insurance to cover damage and repairs to the instrument. 

When and where can we rent an instrument? 

Instruments can be rented online through our vendor, David French Music, and then picked up at Instrument Rental Day (September 29th, 2021 from 3-6PM. Location TBD). You may acquire an instrument elsewhere, but only David French Music visits the Belmont schools each week for rental instrument services and repairs. 

What supplies will my child need for string lessons?

*available at Instrument Rental Day, or purchase on your own

When will in-school string lessons begin?

We will start in-school lessons during the week of October 4th:

Burbank - Mondays; Wellington - Tuesdays/Wednesdays (depending on classroom teacher); Butler - Thursdays; Winn Brook - Fridays.

Are there any additional playing opportunities for string students? 

Private lessons (on your own with a teacher of your choice) are optional, but always recommended when possible! Please note: The Belmont Scholars program at Powers Music School also provides free or reduced private lessons to any student who qualifies for a fee waiver or reduction.

Saturday Morning Music School is an optional weekend music program housed at Chenery Middle School on Saturdays during the school year. Students can take group lessons and participate in orchestra ensembles. Please visit the SMMS website for more information. 






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