Back To School Checklist – Are You Ready For Class?

With the rise of the new school year, children are excited to get new pencils and notebooks while parents are scrambling to be sure they have everything on their back-to-school shopping list.  From paper and folders to hole punch reinforcements and correction fluid, parents and students alike don’t want to forget anything, but are you ready for orchestra class?

Here’s a checklist of things to focus on when getting back into the rhythm of your school year schedule.

  1. Check your instrument: This might seem obvious, but give your instrument a thorough examination.  Check the bridge and the strings for warping or unravelling and look for any cracks or unglued seems.  Younger players may need to step-up in size.  Instruments should be examined by a luthier every six months to look for unseen damage and complete routine maintenance.  Small issues can become costly if unattended.
  2. Check your accessories: Look over your case for any damage and see that your rosin is not dry and cracking. It’s also good to have an extra set of strings for those unforeseen accidents.  Lastly, check that your bow doesn’t need rehairing.
  3. Check with your teacher: Your teacher might have a required method book that you need before class starts or items like a mute for fun pieces they have in mind.  Ask!

So while you’re running around looking for the latest “cool” lunchbox or the best pens, don’t forget about your favorite elective class or your beloved instrument’s needs.