School of Arts and Technology

School of Arts and Technology

Laurel Strings Program


This site is designed to help Laurel Strings Program students and their families to learn, stay connected, and practice effectively.

The Laurel Strings Program website is live at

General Program Information:

Laurel is one of the few public schools in the nation to offer tuition-free violin and guitar lessons during school hours.  Lessons are during recess once a week for all grades.  Laurel students enroll in the program via annual lottery, because space is limited to 20 students per grade level.  Students are expected to attend all lessons, and to practice at home according to their assignments.  We teach students using both the Suzuki Method, the Lineage Music Method (fiddle), and in 4th and 5th grade they will learn more about reading standard notation.  We strongly encourage parent participation, loving encouragement, and constant repetition of the songs we teach.  Students receive one weekly small group lesson with their peers at school.  Lessons happen during students recess, and 4th and 5th grade can take violin during PSD after 3 during the time it is offered.  The lessons are designed to be fun and supportive so students motivate and learn from each other.  More advanced students are eligible for additional enrichment opportunities and performances.  Students in the program are loaned an instrument free of charge so that they can practice at home.  Jessica Warner is the instructor and coordinator for the Laurel Strings Program. We have a fall and spring concert in which all students are expected to participate to help build self-confidence in their performance skills.

How to help your student succeed:

At home practice is a key component of success on any instrument.  Students in the Laurel Strings Program are expected to practice 5-6 days a week.  Recommended daily practice time is between 10-60 minutes depending on the student's age, goals, and ability level. 

Ms. Warner contact:

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