• McNair 5th Grade Orchestra
    Michelle Hanlon, Teacher/Director
    mhanlon@dentonisd.org 940-369-1151
    Welcome to the website for the McNair 5th Grade Orchestra! 
    General Information:
      You would be surprised how far beginning string students can come in one year!  Playing a string instrument is something that must be started early, when children's brains are still growing, stretching, and developing.  Learning an instrument is wonderful for their development, teaching them everything from a love for the fine arts to goal-setting and discipline: characteristics required for success in any field.
      The McNair Orchestra meets every Tuesday, Thursday, and every other Friday during their 5th grade specials time.
      Orchestra is open to any 5th grader who is interested in learning how to play the violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Students who have prior experience are also welcomed and will be taught according to their skill level.  Students will need to rent an instrument and purchase a book for use in this class.  If you/your student qualify for Free/Reduced lunch, please contact the director about certain assistance you may receive in obtaining an instrument.
    My son/daughter has never played an instrument.  Can they still join?
      We start at the very beginning, so no musical training is required!  Students will need to have the ability to focus, practice at home, and good conduct is a must!  The Orchestra program in Denton is one of the best in the state.  Every elementary school, middle school, and high school in Denton has Orchestra class.
    How do I sign up?
      All 4th grade students will see a presentation about Orchestra on Friday, April 26th.  After that, an online sign up form will be sent home to every 4th grade student, and is posted at the bottom of this page.  Fill out the form completely as soon as possible.  Class does fill up, so if you want to ensure your child reserves their spot, be sure to complete the form as soon as possible.  Contact mhanlon@dentonisd.org if you have questions.  You will need to secure an instrument and supplies.  Once you register, you will be assigned a time for your child to come to the stage to be measured so you will know what size instrument will need to be rented for them for the Fall.  Students usually rent at this age because they are not yet in full sized instruments and sometimes because their parents would like to see how much interest they have before investing in an instrument.  I strongly encourage parents to set up rental ASAP in the Spring so you are sure to have an instrument delivered in the Fall!

    Dallas Strings makes deliveries to the school.  Click the logo to reserve your rental instrument for the fall.  

    You can also check out rental rates and offers for supplies.
    Enter Dallas Strings
    Other approved vendors:
    Music and Arts
    Vista Ridge Plaza, 500 E. FM 3040, Suite 121          
    Lewisville, TX 75067    
    The Luthier Shop
    2201 Moseley Rd. Aubrey, TX 76227         
    Frisco Strings
    11733 Bent Creek Trail
    Frisco, TX 75034
       Equipment needed
    1.  Instrument
    2.  Rock stop-cello/bass
    3.  Shoulder rest-violin/viola
         (Kun or Everest brand)
    4.  Essential Elements for Strings bk. 1
    5.  Wire music stand for home practice   
    Denton ISD has a Fee Waiver Instrument Program for
    students on Free/Reduced Lunch that allows students to rent an instrument
    from the District at a lower rate.  First come, first serve.
    Students will need to turn in a copy of their acceptance letter
    from Child Nutrition, along with the form below.  Contact Mrs.
    Hanlon for more information about this program. 


Last Modified on April 26, 2019