Orchestra Supply List


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Violin, Viola, Cello & Double Bass

You may go to any reputable string shop to buy/rent instruments; however, we recommend Westbank String Shop (6301 Menchaca Rd, 512-326-4898, www.westbankstringshop.com).
Please talk to Mr. Hall before purchasing an instrument (ESPECIALLY ONLINE). It is STRONGLY discouraged to buy an instrument from vendors like Amazon and Walmart, or to buy colored instruments! If it seems “too good to be true,” it probably is.
No hassle: Westbank already has our supply list and knows exactly what students need!

Classroom supplies:

  • Large Black 3-ring binder (at least 1.5”) with 10 clear sheet inserts and notebook paper
  • Pencils with erasers
  • Zippered Pencil bag for binder
  • Cleaning Cloth

Practice/Home supplies:

  • Bow (all instruments)
  • Shoulder Rest/Pad (for violins/violas), Bow, Light Rosin (for violins/viola bows)
  • Chair Anchor (for Cellos), Dark Rosin (for cello bows)
  • Donut/Rock-stop (for Basses), Kolstein Rosin (for bass bows
  • Electronic tuner/metronome (tuners that attach to instruments are very beneficial)
  • Wire folding music stands for at home practice
  • Extra set of good quality strings (recommended for all, required for violin/viola)

Optional Donation items for the Classroom:

  • 6th grade – Shelf Stable Student Snack Stash – say that 5 times fast! (1 or more items, i.e bags of chips/popcorn, bottled water, cereal bars, goldfish, fruit snacks, trail mix, chex mix, soda, etc…)
  • 7th grade – Decoration Items (especially poster board, rugs, colorful sharpies, markers and paint pens, utility and decorative tapes, wall art, etc.)
  • 8th grade – Hand Sanitizer or Box of Tissues
  • Optional: This year, our booster club has helped us create a CMS Strings wishlist. All of the optional donation items on the wishlist go directly to our students/program! click here to view orchestra wish list 

Drop off/pick up school instruments – https://forms.gle/XbeheZMx9E4QSpQf9
Please contact jeffrey.hall@austinisd.org with questions.