Elementary Strings available to all Fifth Grade students!

Elementary Strings Banner: close up photo of young female playing the cello

what is elementary strings?

All fifth grade students in Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) have the option to participate in the strings program at their school! The Elementary Strings program provides students an outstanding and unique opportunity to learn to play an instrument. Students select an instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass), learn how to care for and hold the instrument, play many songs, and perform for their family and friends. Strings class is a year-long commitment and students will be expected to continue with the class through June 2021. Students who enroll will receive a strings grade on each report card.

Who can participate?

All fifth grade students have the option to join strings class! No prior musical experience is necessary.

What are the differences between the violin, viola, cello, and bass?

Please watch these demonstration videos for each instrument provided by orchestra students from Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School.

How will Elementary Strings be taught virtually?

Strings continues to be available during the first quarter while PWCS is all virtual. Our strings teachers have numerous tools and techniques to engage students and teach virtually. Class schedules will vary and depend upon the schedule set up by your child's school. You can expect for strings class to involve live lessons on Zoom along with independent work that students will complete in Canvas. Many strings classes will begin with live instruction the week of September 28, 2020.

How much does Elementary Strings cost?

There is no cost to participate in the class, however, each student must have an instrument to play. A limited number of instruments are available to rent though your child's school and will be distributed based on need. Students who qualify for a fee waiver may rent an instrument from the school and have the instrument rental fee waived. All information on renting a school-owned instrument will come directly from your child's strings teacher. Rental of school-owned instruments is subject to availability. Instruments may also be rented from local music stores.

We're interested! How do I sign up my student?

If you'd like to sign up for strings, please complete this form (Microsoft Form). The strings teacher from your child's school will contact you with further instructions.

Enrollment Form

Questions?

If you have additional questions regarding the program, please contact the strings teacher at your child's school. Contact information for all strings teachers is listed alphabetically by school below.

Schools A-E

Alvey Elementary

Joseph Salzberg, Strings Teacher
 SalzbeJB@pwcs.edu

Antietam Elementary

Linda Davidson, Strings Teacher
DAVIDSLK@pwcs.edu

Ashland Elementary

Amanda Heim, Strings Teacher
HeimAS@pwcs.edu

Bel Air Elementary

Lauren Rucker, Strings Teacher
RuckerLB@pwcs.edu

Belmont Elementary

Katrina Cramer, Strings Teacher
CramerKM@pwcs.edu

Bennett Elementary

Emily Lloyd, Strings Teacher
LloydEJ@PWCS.EDU

Bristow Run Elementary

Emily Lloyd, Strings Teacher
LloydEJ@PWCS.EDU

Buckland Mills Elementary

Jeffrey Ohmart, Strings Teacher
OhmartJX@pwcs.edu

Cedar Point Elementary

Katy Thiele, Strings Teacher
THIELEKM@pwcs.edu

Coles Elementary

Miranda Nash, Strings Teacher
NashMF@pwcs.edu

Covington-Harper Elementary

Christopher Dixon, Strings Teacher
DIXONCM@pwcs.edu

Dale City Elementary

Keith Wright, Strings Teacher
WrightKI@pwcs.edu

Dumfries Elementary

Lauren Rucker, Strings Teacher
RuckerLB@pwcs.edu

Ellis Elementary

Ashley Radabaugh, Strings Teacher
RadabaAL@pwcs.edu

Enterprise Elementary

Chris Abeel, Strings Teacher
ABEELCM@pwcs.edu

Schools F-L

Featherstone Elementary

Keith Wright, Strings Teacher
WrightKI@pwcs.edu

Fitzgerald Elementary

Linda Davidson, Strings Teacher
DAVIDSLK@pwcs.edu

Glenkirk Elementary

Katy Thiele, Strings Teacher
THIELEKM@pwcs.edu

Gravely Elementary

Katy Thiele, Strings Teacher
THIELEKM@pwcs.edu

Haymarket Elementary

Joseph Salzberg, Strings Teacher
 SalzbeJB@pwcs.edu

Henderson Elementary

Brian Slaymaker, Long-Term Substitute
SlaymaBM@pwcs.edu

Bethany Garrison, Strings Teacher (Currently on leave. Please contact Mr. Slaymaker.)
GarrisB@pwcs.edu

Jenkins Elementary

Amanda Heim, Strings Teacher
HeimAS@pwcs.edu

Kerrydale Elementary

Sara Farris, Strings Teacher
FarrisSK@pwcs.edu

Kilby Elementary

Katrina Cramer, Strings Teacher
CramerKM@pwcs.edu

King Elementary

Mark Malechek, Strings Teacher
MalechMC@pwcs.edu

Lake Ridge Elementary

Amanda Heim, Strings Teacher
HeimAS@pwcs.edu

Leesylvania Elementary

Scott Wilkins, Strings Teacher
WILKINSE@pwcs.edu

Loch Lomond Elementary

Michael Munayer, Strings Teacher
MUNAYEMX@pwcs.edu

Schools M-P

Marshall Elementary

Cheryl Seamster, Strings Teacher
SEAMSTCL@pwcs.edu

Marumsco Hills Elementary

Chris Abeel, Strings Teacher
ABEELCM@pwcs.edu

Mary Williams Elementary

Christopher Dixon, Strings Teacher
DIXONCM@pwcs.edu

McAuliffe Elementary

Scott Wilkins, Strings Teacher
WILKINSE@pwcs.edu

Minnieville Elementary

Lauren Rucker, Strings Teacher
RuckerLB@pwcs.edu

Montclair Elementary

Keith Wright, Strings Teacher
WrightKI@pwcs.edu

Mountain View Elementary

Emily Lloyd, Strings Teacher
LloydEJ@PWCS.EDU

Mullen Elementary

Michael Munayer, Strings Teacher
MUNAYEMX@pwcs.edu

Neabsco Elementary

Sara Farris, Strings Teacher
FarrisSK@pwcs.edu

The Nokesville School

Anna Henke, Strings Teacher
HenkeAJ@pwcs.edu

Occoquan Elementary

Linda Davidson, Strings Teacher
DAVIDSLK@pwcs.edu

Old Bridge Elementary

Chris Abeel, Strings Teacher
ABEELCM@pwcs.edu

Pattie Elementary

Brian Slaymaker, Long-Term Substitute
SlaymaBM@pwcs.edu

Bethany Garrison, Strings Teacher (Currently on leave. Please contact Mr. Slaymaker.)
GarrisB@pwcs.edu

Penn Elementary

Emily Lloyd, Strings Teacher
LloydEJ@PWCS.EDU

Pennington Traditional School

Ashley Radabaugh, Strings Teacher
RadabaAL@pwcs.edu

Piney Branch Elementary

Mark Malechek, Strings Teacher
MalechMC@pwcs.edu

Porter Traditional School

Aubrey Virakone, Strings Teacher
VirakoAA@pwcs.edu

Potomac View Elementary

Katrina Cramer, Strings Teacher
CramerKM@pwcs.edu

Schools R-Y

River Oaks Elementary

Sara Farris, Strings Teacher
FarrisSK@pwcs.edu

Rockledge Elementary

Jennifer Ransdell, Strings Teacher
RansdeJM@pwcs.edu

Rosa Parks Elementary

Mark Malechek, Strings Teacher
MalechMC@pwcs.edu

Signal Hill Elementary

Jennifer Ransdell, Strings Teacher
RansdeJM@pwcs.edu

Sinclair Elementary

Cheryl Seamster, Strings Teacher
SEAMSTCL@pwcs.edu

Springwoods Elementary

Jennifer Ransdell, Strings Teacher
RansdeJM@pwcs.edu

Sudley Elementary

Cheryl Seamster, Strings Teacher
SEAMSTCL@pwcs.edu

Swans Creek Elementary

Keith Wright, Strings Teacher
 WrightKI@pwcs.edu

T. Clay Wood Elementary

Samuel Runolfson, Strings Teacher
RunolfSB@pwcs.edu

Triangle Elementary

Christopher Dixon, Strings Teacher
DIXONCM@pwcs.edu

Tyler Elementary

Joseph Salzberg, Strings Teacher
SalzbeJB@pwcs.edu

Vaughan Elementary

Miranda Nash, Strings Teacher
NashMF@pwcs.edu

Victory Elementary

Samuel Runolfson, Strings Teacher
RunolfSB@pwcs.edu

West Gate Elementary

Jeffrey Ohmart, Strings Teacher
OhmartJX@pwcs.edu

Westridge Elementary

Scott Wilkins, Strings Teacher
WILKINSE@pwcs.edu

Wilson Elementary

Brian Slaymaker, Long-Term Substitute
SlaymaBM@pwcs.edu

Bethany Garrison, Strings Teacher (Currently on leave. Please contact Mr. Slaymaker.)
GarrisB@pwcs.edu

Yorkshire Elementary

Michael Munayer, Strings Teacher
MUNAYEMX@pwcs.edu

Yung Elementary

Jeffrey Ohmart, Strings Teacher
OhmartJX@pwcs.edu