• As a fifth grader, your child has the opportunity to be a member of the Fifth Grade Strings program in the Coeur d’Alene School District. This information will help you make the choice about whether or not to enroll your child in Fifth Grade Strings.


    Frequently Asked Questions:

    When does Fifth Grade Strings start?
    Classes will begin the third week of school.


    Where are classes held?
    Fifth Grade Strings classes are held at school twice a week, during the school day (usually during specialist time).


    Do classes cost anything?
    Fifth Grade Strings classes are taught at no charge as part of the regular school curriculum. 


    What instruments can my child choose from?
    Instruments taught in Fifth Grade Strings are: Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

    What does my child need for class?
    1 - An instrument,
    2 - A book: Sound Innovations book 1, for their instrument
    3 - A music stand for practice at home.
    4 - The following accessories:
       *Violin and viola students will need a shoulder rest
       *Cello and bass students will need an endpin strap
       *Bass students will also need a stool to keep at home
       (All of these items should be available at the music store you rent from) 


    Where do I get an instrument?
    There are many ways you can purchase, lease or rent an instrument for an affordable price. I recommend going to either Burt's Music in Coeur d'Alene, or Custom Strings in Spokane Valley.


    Should I just buy an instrument for my child instead of renting?
    I do NOT recommend purchasing an instrument for Fifth Grade Strings. These instruments come in various sizes and most students aren’t able to use a full-size instrument until Middle School. Purchasing a smaller instrument now would mean having to purchase a different instrument in the near future.
    *****Please, please, PLEASE do not buy an instrument off of online auctions or local NON-music stores or pawn shops. These instruments can be of questionable quality and can make it extremely difficult to play. If there is even a question, do NOT buy it!!*****


    What size instrument does my child need?
    Stringed instruments differ from band instruments in that they come in a variety of sizes. Although the music store you rent from can measure your child, you can click here for a sizing guide to give you a general idea.

    I hope that you consider this opportunity for your child. I invite all parents to email me with questions or concerns at any time.

    Kristina Phillips