Free beginner violin & cello lessons for HRSB students starting grade 4 in September
Register before June 20 to sign up for the 2018-2019 school year

See below for FAQ

(Returning students should also register before the end of June. Return to the home page for a link to the online registration page.)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are lessons really free? Yes, lessons are part of HRCE All-City Music Program. This program is paid for through supplemental funding, which is meant to help provide enhanced services for HRCE students. 
  • Is there any cost at all? Families must obtain an instrument and a few related accessories for their child to use. See the "Getting a Violin" tab above for more info. Occasionally (once or twice a year) classes may travel by bus to participate in performances and students may be asked to contribute $5 or $10 to help with the cost of bus rental.  When students reach grade 7 and above there is a small $20 registration fee paid once each year to the Dartmouth String Parents' Auxiliary. Older students (Grade 7 and above) may sometimes be offered the opportunity to take part in special field trips that require additional cost for participation.  
  • How do I get a violin? See the "Getting a Violin" tab above for more info, taking special note of the SIZING information.
  • How do I get a cello? Your child's cello teacher will provide you with rental & sizing information when they get in touch with you in September. 
  • What other supplies/accessories will we need? All students will need rosin, which costs under $10 and will last years if taken care of properly. A shoulder rest is strongly recommended for students using a 1/2, 3/4, or full sized violin. Please note that the KUN brand of shoulder rests is far superior to the other brands available. Shoulder rest sizes match violin sizes. Some grades (including grade 4) will need to purchase a book of music. Your string teacher will let you know which book (if any) is needed when they contact you by e-mail at the beginning of September.
  • Do lessons keep going after grade 4? Yes, lessons are available through to the end of Grade 12. 
  • My child wants to take beginner violin/cello lessons but is not in grade 4: can they take part?​​​​​​ Younger students must wait until Grade 4 to take part in All-City violin lessons. Older students may occasionally be permitted to join the beginner class IF there is room available after all grade 4 students have registered. If your older (Grade 5-6) student is interested in joining the beginner class in September, contact the string teacher for your area (Adelle Meagher: to ask about being put on a list for any available spots. 
  • Where are lessons held? All violin lessons and rehearsals are held in the music room of Ash Lee Jefferson Elementary School in Fall River. All cello lessons are held at the Dartmouth Music Centre on Major Street in Dartmouth.
  • What day/time are violin lessons? Grade 4-6 violin lessons are held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students must attend BOTH classes each week. See the "Schedules" button above for specific lesson TIMES. 
  • What day/time are cello lessons?  The cello schedule is TBA pending HRSB staffing assignments which will take place sometime before September. Contact for more information.
  • My child has a scheduling conflict and cannot make it to both lesson times each week: can they take part? Students must regularly attend BOTH weekly lessons in order to take part. 
  • How do I register my child for lessons? Click HERE to go to the online registration form for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • How will I know when lessons start in September? The string teacher for your area will use the information provided during your online registration process to contact you in September to let you know when classes will begin. If you do not register ahead of time, chances are that you will not be contacted, so please be sure to register as soon as possible - preferably before the end of June. Please be sure to provide an active e-mail address during registration as that is the primary method of communication.