Beginner Orchestra

Information for students and families

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Welcome to Sequoyah! Our music department has established a wonderful tradition of excellence, and I am excited to have you and your child be a part of it! At over 200 student-musicians strong, being a part of our music program means that your child has a “home base” at Sequoyah. A place where they are engaged at the highest levels and surrounded by many of Sequoyah’s finest scholars; a place where they will be supported and challenged physically, mentally, and musically; a place that teaches character, commitment, and cooperation; a place where excellence is encouraged, expected, and attained! 

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Instrument Information

Every student enrolled in beginner orchestra will need an instrument. Follow these 3 steps to obtain an instrument for your child!

Step 1: Complete the instrument interest survey

Click here to complete the online instrument interest survey. Official instrument assignments will be announced on Monday, February 8th. Instrument assignments are final. 

Step 2: Determine how your family will obtain an instrument

Once instrument assignments have been announced, it's time to get an instrument! Families have the following three options when obtaining an instrument for their child.
Option 1: Rent an instrument from a local music store
For first year orchestra students, this is the best option for a number of reasons. Music stores rent out instruments at a reasonable monthly cost, and will typically offer protection to families if the instrument is damaged, lost, or stolen.  Prices vary by instrument. Click on the buttons below to view prices at each of our local music stores (be sure to compare prices at each store!). Students will need their rental instruments by Monday, September 28th if possible!
Option 2: Purchase an instrument.
If purchasing an instrument for your child, please contact Mr. Leslie before you buy. There are a lot of great, affordable options for beginner musicians. Unfortunately, there are many more "not-so-great" options as well. Feel free to send me a link via email of the instrument you are wanting to purchase for your child. Otherwise, I encourage you to visit our local music stores, Ted Brown Music and Music and Arts when purchasing an instrument. 
Option 3: Check out an instrument from Sequoyah.
To ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in music, if you are able to rent an instrument, please do so. Sequoyah instruments will be distributed first to those who exhibit financial need, and no cost to families. Sequoyah instruments will be distributed on Friday, February 19th (details to come). 
Step 3: Pick up your instrument 
Students checking out an instrument from Sequoyah will need to pick up their instrument on Friday, February 19 from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm. More details to come! Students purchasing or renting an instrument will need their instrument for class by Monday, February 22nd. 

Frequently Asked Questions

This section will be populated as questions arise.

Virtual orchestra? How is this going to work?

Through large and small group instruction, and with the help of an innovative program called SmartMusic, the plan is to teach this class as would be taught any other year. Students will walk away from this semester being able to read music and play an instrument. The semester will conclude with a concert (likely virtual) where students will showcase their hard work.

How can I support my child in music?

Learning an instrument, like any skill, requires an immense amount of practice. Families can support their child's musical endeavors by creating a safe space in the home to do just that, practice. Students will be expected to practice at least 20 minutes per day. 

Families can also help by ensuring that your child has a space in the home to participate in virtual learning that is free from as many distractions as possible. Students will be expected to sit in a firm chair each day, and will be expected to have their cameras on. Given the physical nature of learning to play an instrument, I cannot provide feedback if I am unable to see your child. 

Beyond an instrument, is there anything else my child will need for orchestra?

Students will need a music stand, book (essential elements for strings book 1), a chin rest (violin/viola only), rosin, and a tuner. All of these items may be checked out from Sequoyah at no cost. Pick up date will be Friday, February 19th from 3:00-6:30. 

Orchestra and COVID-19

All Sequoyah instruments are sanitized before being distributed to families.


Should we transition into a hybrid or full time in-person model, we will be following the recommendations listed in the Colorado State University study: Reducing Bioaerosol Emissions and Exposures in the Performing Arts, and any guidance from our school district and local health department.


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