An exciting new offering for our students and parents, beginning January, 2020!
This will be a year-round program with 3 trimesters: January – April; May- August; and
September-December, beginning in January 2020. School holidays and breaks will be observed with
additional breaks between trimesters.
Rehearsals will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic School from 7:45-8:45 AM each Tuesday and
Wednesday morning during Flex Time with a pause for morning prayer. Elective credit is available.
Performances will be held in April and December each year. As the group develops in skill, additional
performance opportunities will be available.
Cathy Strabala and Leslie Eddleman will serve as volunteer coaches for the group.
Violins, Violas, Cello and Bass will be instructed in a group setting. Starting year 2, wind instruments
receiving private instruction may join on Wednesday of each week.
Students will be accepted from the 3rd grade and above. Parents are welcome to take instruction with
their students. Adult students, including parents, will be accepted with safe environment training on
Youth beginner students will require a fractional-sized instrument until they are approximately 5-feet
tall, typically requiring 2 or 3 instruments over several years as they grow. Beginner instruments may be
repeatedly outgrown every 1-3 years until a full-sized instrument is reached. As part of the enrollment
fee, Sacred Heart will provide instruments for use during the student’s enrollment in the program,
providing time for students and families to determine they have selected their ideal instrument for a
lifetime and allowing the student to grow into a full-sized instrument.
Class meetings are mandatory for success unless the student is out of school for illness or another
approved absence. Additionally, successful students should plan to commit an additional 45-90-minutes
practice per week. This additional practice MAY include private lessons.
Mrs. Strabala offers violin and viola lessons for $15 per 1⁄2 hour lesson payable monthly by cash or check.
These lessons are held at 4:00 or 4:30 Monday through Thursday at Mrs. Strabala’s home, 641
Weinzapfel St. Call or text 720-470-7576 to schedule.
Mrs. Eddleman offers cello lessons for $15 per 1⁄2 hour lesson payable monthly by cash or check. These
lessons are held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at Mrs. Eddleman’s home, 1021 County Road 428. Call
or text 940-634-7559 to schedule.
Other teachers may also be available in the community.
Books and Accessories
Each student will be provided their own method and theory books from the All for Strings series. These
will be considered disposable. A portable music stand, rosin, shoulder rest (violin/viola), end pin rest
(cello and bass), pencil, and a soft cloth for polishing will also be provided for each student as
accessories to accompany the instrument..
Photocopying copyrighted music is illegal. Please do not share music by photocopying. The Sacred Heart
Strings Program is committed to obtaining only properly licensed music for practice and performance.
Students: $75 per trimester with a 1-year commitment
Adults: $100 per trimester with a 1-year commitment
Once students purchase their own private instrument, a discount of $25 per trimester is offered.
A generous benefactor has offered to fund Sacred Heart students with need.
Setting appropriate expectations is important in starting a stringed instrument. Families should make a
joint commitment to playing one year at a time. Frustrations can ebb and flow as students develop the
tiny finger and arm muscles necessary for playing. Listening to professional recordings should be set in
context as the fruit borne after a lifetime of play. You can start today and join the parish liturgical music
groups 5 years from now OR you can never start and never play. School musicians go on to major in
music in college and play professionally; play solo and in groups for fun for a lifetime; or become the
audiences that assure another lifetime of appreciation for professional musicians. The beauty of music
enhances our lives even if we never play Carnegie Hall.
Which instrument should I choose?
Perhaps you want to follow in Great Uncle George’s footsteps and choose the violin. Maybe you enjoy
the deep, bass tones of the cello during Mass. Are you a trailblazer and want to do something just a little
different, choosing the viola? Choosing an instrument takes some listening, some thought, and a
commitment. Whether you take your time or know immediately which instrument is for you, your
selection, coupled with a commitment to stick with it, can bring you a lifetime of joy.
Instruments, College, and Your Brain
Playing an instrument all through elementary and high school demonstrates tenacity and dedication,
something that stands out in the college application process. Playing an instrument in college can earn
you scholarship funds, even if you aren’t a music major: college orchestras always need folks to fill the
seats. Teaching your instrument to others can earn a few dollars during high school, college and beyond.
Can playing an instrument make you smarter? There are studies that show music builds confidence,
raises IQ, improves memory, and makes you happier. It encourages cooperation and helps you to find
and create beauty.
Ready, Set, GO!
Do you have additional questions? Are you ready to begin? Contact Cathy Strabala at 720-470-7576 for
answers and / or to enroll.