Healey students during strings instrument instruction at the Healey

Instrument Instruction, Loans and Rentals

Did you know the Somerville Public Schools offers string instrument instruction at all Somerville schools? Instruction is FREE, but students will need an instrument for participating in class, practicing at home and performances. Students may rent an instrument and qualified students may borrow one of the instruments owned by the school music department. Students who miss the annual rental events may rent their instruments on-line through Needham Music: https://needhammusicanddance.com/ (Band Instruments) & Acoustic Strings of New England: http://www.acousticbassofnewengland.com/ (Strings Instruments.)

Strings Instruments

Violin, viola, cello, bass

  • Starts in 4th grade at the West Somerville Neighborhood School, the Kennedy School, the Argenziano School, the Healey School and Winter Hill Community Innovation School.
  • Starts in 3rd grade at the East Somerville Community School and the Brown School.

Borrowing School instruments

If you qualify for free or reduced cost lunch in the Somerville Public Schools, then you are eligible to borrow a school instrument for the duration of the year. There is a one-time payment of $20 for violin/viola, $30 for cello and $40 for bass. You must sign a contract and assume responsibility for the instrument throughout the year. This program is only for your family if the cost of renting an instrument will stop your student from participating. Due to limited supply of certain instruments, first choice of instrument is not guaranteed. If you have any further questions, please email Mr. Richard Saunders, rsaunders@k12.somerville.ma.us.

We will be sizing students and handing out school instruments on:

Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 3:00pm-7:30pm 

Somerville High School Auditorium/Library, 81 Highland Ave.

Information sessions about our music program will be on the same day in the SHS Auditorium.

Renting an instrument

A string instrument rental company will visit Somerville on:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 3:00pm-7:30pm

Somerville High School Auditorium/Library, 81 Highland Ave.

Information sessions about our music program will be on the same day in the SHS Auditorium. Students may also use other rental companies to procure instruments.

Questions about the Strings Program

Please email any of the string teachers with your questions: Mr Andrew Blickenderfer or Mr Richard Saunders, Director of Music, (617) 629-5248.

 

Band and Percussion Instruments

Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion (snare drum with a bell set) 

  • Starts in 5th grade at the West Somerville Neighborhood School, the Argenziano School, and the Winter Hill Community Innovation School.
  • Trumpet and clarinet starts in 4th grade at the Brown School, the Kennedy School and the Healey School.

Borrowing School instruments

If you qualify for free or reduced cost lunch in the Somerville Public Schools, then you are eligible to borrow a school instrument for the duration of the year. There is a one-time payment of $20 for clarinet, flute, trumpet or trombone, $30 for Alto Saxophone and $20 for a drum pad and sticks. You must sign a contract and assume responsibility for the instrument throughout the year.This program is only for your family if the cost of renting an instrument will stop your student from participating. Due to limited supply of certain instruments, first choice of instrument is not guaranteed. If you have any further questions, please email Richard Saunders, rsaunders@k12.somerville.ma.us

We will be sizing students and handing out school instruments on:

Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 3:00pm-7:30pm 

Somerville High School Band Room (270), 81 Highland Ave.

Information sessions about our music program will be on the same day in the SHS Auditorium.

Renting an instrument

A band instrument rental company will visit Somerville on:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 3:00pm-7:30pm

Somerville High School Band room (270), 81 Highland Ave.

Information sessions about our music program will be on the same day in the SHS Auditorium. Students may also use other rental companies to procure instruments.

Questions about the Band Program

Please email any of the band teachers at with your questions: Ms. Rosemary Sears, Mr. Alec Fiorentino, Mr. Jacob Gabriszeski, or Mr Richard Saunders, Director of Music, (617) 629-5248.