• Dear Strings Parent/Guardian: 

    By now I am sure you are wondering what you need to do before school begins.   Students who are beginning strings really don't need instruments until the second full week of school.  Violin, Viola and Cello students need to rent instruments from local music stores.  Bass students, please read my comments below. 
    Local music stores can be a big help to you, please use them to support our local economy.  They are listed below.  The yellow pages in your phone book will have their contact information.
    A and A Music in Ashburn/Brambleton,  www.aamusic.com
    A Plus Music and More in Leesburg, VA   Please Google the store name for their website.  
    Chuck Levins's Washington Music Center, Wheaton, MD , www.chucklevins.com
    Day Violin Shop in Chantilly(near the Dulles Expo Center) www.dayviolins.com
    Melody Music in Sterling. Please Google the store name for their website.
     Mintons Academy of Music,  Ashburn, VA  Please Google the store name for their website.
    Music and Arts in Leesburg in the Best Buy Plaza/ Sterling www.musicarts.com
    Of course any other music store you see listed in the yellow pages is fine as well.  Please bring your child with you to the music store, so that the staff there can measure him/her to make the correct decision for the size of instrument needed.  
     Cello players:  if you plan to play cello, please contact Mrs. DeRosa by email below. 
      Bass players:  there are school basses available for rent.  You will rent a bass to use at home and then use a bass at school during class.  The bass rental fee for the school year is $100.00.  Please email me if you plan to play bass, so I can reserve a bass for you.  Basses may be picked up next week once we reschedule the instrument pickup. 
    Materials list:
    Books:  Sound Innovations for String Orchestra, Book 1 for 6th Grade  (white and blue)
                   Sound Innovations for String Orchestra, Book 2 for 7th Grade  (white and red)
                   Sound Innovations for String Orchestra, Sound Development for 8th Grade, (white and green).
                         8th Grade students still need last year's book for the first 4 weeks of school.   
     This year, due to all students having devices, you will not need a three ring binder.  Schoology will be our source for sheet music/homework.  Be sure to have your book from the list above.
    Violin/Viola:  sponge shoulder pad with two rubber bands, a three ring zippered pencil pouch(use an old one if you have it), rosin, a soft cloth,a case tag,  and a wire folding music stand. 
    Cello--a rock stop (looks like a rubber hockey puck), rosin, a soft cloth, and a wire folding music stand
    Bass- since you're renting from the school, please just buy the book you need. See above.
    If you are planning to purchase the instrument online, please be very careful! There is no way to guarantee quality without seeing the instrument "in person".  I will be happy to advise on purchases if parents wish, however, I do not recommend purchasing stringed instruments while a child is still growing because you will need to replace it for a larger size rather quickly.  Please avoid generic retail outlets for purchase at all costs and use specialists.  Really our local music stores are your best bet.  Check them out and find one that fits your budget.  If cost is a problem, please contact me personally at alexandra.derosa@lcps.org.
     If you decide to purchase an instrument online, please be aware that the instrument will be shipped to you and it will need an additional service before it is playable.  Usually shipped stringed instruments arrive without the bridge or the strings attached.  If that is the case, simply take the instrument to a local music store and they will perform the "set up" of the instrument.  They usually charge a fee for this service. 
    I can be reached by using this link: Mrs. DeRosa 
Last Modified on September 4, 2020