Kanawha County String Partnership

Kanawha County String Partnership

Materials to bring to every class or private lesson

Instrument and bow.

Pencil.Keep a pencil handy in your instrument case.  Sometimes you will be asked to mark special notes or words to go with the music like the reminder of a note name, or style of playing.  Sometimes you may need to note when the next performance or rehearsal will happen.

Music. Students in the Kanawha County Schools program use Essential Elements for Strings 2000series.  Make sure if you are playing violin, you have the violin edition, etc.  You should bring your book to class every meeting.

Other items. Some teachers will ask you to bring an empty paper towel roll to use as you learn how to use the bow.  Check with your teacher.

How often will I need to practice in the beginning?

About 15-20 minutes daily will help develop muscle between your ears as well as the muscles in your body that you use to hold the instrument and produce pleasing sounds.

Buying or renting an instrument

Deal with a reputable music store.An entry level student instrument should be solidly built.  All instruments should be sized to fit the student—a fourth grader can play a fourth grader-sized bass, which can be traded up for a larger bass as the student grows.

Ask questions about the rental program.

  • Am I paying interest?
  • What is your repair policy?
  • Do you have a qualified repair person?
  • Can I trade up in quality later?  If so, do I keep all equity in current instrument?
  • Can I trade in size if I start on a smaller instrument?
  • Does this instrument meet MENC standards for string instruments?

Check with your student’s string teacher before making a purchase. Buying a string instrument can a big investment, so choose carefully. If you are purchasing, you should try several instruments in the price range before you buy.

Ballpark figures for purchasing student instruments $600 for violin, $900 for viola, $1600 for cello, $2000 for bass.

Where to look?   (alphabetical listing)

CA House Music in Parkersburg, WV and St. Clairesville, OH
Phone 800-951-5830
Local representative phone  304-590-1852
Violin, viola, cello, bass
Link:   http://www.cahousemusic.com/

Gorby’s Music, Inc. in South Charleston, WV
Phone 304-744-9452
Violin, viola, cello
Link: http://www.gorbysmusic.com/band_instruments.asp

Kerr’s Music World in Charleston, WV
Phone 304-345-3011
Violin, viola, cello
Link: http://www.kerrsmusic.com/

The Loft Violin Shop in Columbus, OH
Phone 800-728-9440
Full service string instrument only shop
Violin, viola, cello, bass
Link: http://www.theloftviolinshop.com/

http://www.theloftviolinshop.com/stringteacherresources.html for article on “Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Cheap Violin on the Internet”   and “What to Look for in Cellos and Basses.”

Kanawha County Schools that offer strings programs


Alum Creek Elementary, Bridgeview Elementary, Chamberlain Elementary, Dunbar Intermediate, Elk Center, Grandview Elementary, Holz Elementary, Kanawha City Elementary, Kenna Elementary, Montrose Elementary, Overbrook Elementary, Pinch Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Ruffner Elementary, Ruthlawn Elementary, Shoals Elementary, Weberwood Elementary


Dunbar Middle School, Elkview Middle School, Horace Mann Middle School, John Adams Middle School, South Charleston Middle School, Stonewall Jackson Middle School


Capital High School, George Washington High School, Herbert Hoover High School, South Charleston High School