Corona Symphony Conservatory



Most importantly, you will need your own instrument.  Bring your instrument on the first day if you have one.  Simply purchasing a violin or cello online can be daunting and much more expensive than necessary. One of the great things about starting on a stringed instrument is that the instruments come in different sizes for different aged and sized students. (There are no 1/2 size flutes or clarinets, etc.). An online vendor will have trouble making this size determination.  Also, please note violins and cellos are offered by some online vendors in left-handed models.  DO NOT BUY ONE OF THESE.  These instruments are most often sold as a gimmick to appeal to left handed players.  The violin and cello require that both hands have a job to do, and both jobs are equally important and difficult.  There is no advantage to switching one job to the other hand. Also, these instruments do not work in the group setting in which we work.  Starting with a left-handed instrument will SLOW a student's progress.


The Conservatory does not provide instruments.  Additionally, the Conservatory is not a vendor and does not sell  music stands, method books, supplies, etc., however for your convenience we have partnered with IE Music of Corona, a small family owned local music store, dedicated to helping meet the unique needs of string students and their families.  In leiu of a retail storefront, representatives from IE Music come to us, onsite, during registration and throughout the school year, and will have these supplies and materials availalbe for purchase.  Many parents chose to arrange their purchases/rentals, etc. in advance to ensure that they are available on the first day of classes.  We strongly encourage this.  In order to do so, contact IE Music at (951) 479-1261. 


You will also need an end-pin stopper (cello students), a shoulder pad (violin students), rosin, your own folding wire music stand (which you will need to bring with you every week), and a method book which will be assigned to you on the first day of class.  Orchestra music is supplied to all students, free of charge.  Students must always have a pencil.


Corona Symphony Orchestra:

Miss Cynthia's Cello Website:

IE Music:

String Instrument techniques: