Strings Class Supply List

Learning to play a string instrument can be a challenging, yet enjoyable experience for your child. Having the appropriate tools is essential to a successful learning experience. Please see the required strings class materials list below:


Violin, Viola, and Cello are the instruments your son or daughter can choose from for Strings Class. These instruments come in many sizes, and it is important that the size of the instrument matches the size of the student. Please be sure to get a music teacher to measure your child for the appropriate size instrument before you purchase an instrument.

Shoulder Rest or End Pin Anchor

Violin and Viola students need a shoulder rest. This will help support the instrument on the body. Artino, Kun, and shaped shoulder sponges are all acceptable.

Cello students will need an end pin anchor. This will help stabilize the instrument’s end pin on the floor so that it does not slip. End pin anchors with a strap that can be attached to the leg of a chair are recommended. An example of this type is the Xeros Brand. End pin anchors without a strap are also acceptable options.


Either light or dark rosin is acceptable.

Cleaning Rag

This is needed to keep the varnish of the instrument from getting damaged. Cloths made especially for instrument cleaning are available, but a small washcloth or an old cut up t-shirt can also be used.

Name Tag

Many instrument cases look similar to one another. Be sure to have a luggage tag or any other durable tag that you can use to identify your child’s instrument.

Class Text Book

Essential Elements for Strings, Book 1 with EEi. Books are instrument specific, so be sure to get the correct version.

Two Pocket Folder


Local and Online Resources

There are many ways to shop for music class materials. Local music stores are available to sell you supplies and help you with your musical needs. There are also some vendors online that specialize in instruments and supplies specifically for string players. Below is a list of places you can go to conveniently and sufficiently fulfill your needs:

Dietz Brothers Music Store: 240 S Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach 90266

Morey’s Music Store: 4834 Woodruff Ave, Lakewood 90713

Southwest Strings Online

Shar Music Online