Student String Class Essentials

Practice Guide

Home practice is crucial for any instrument, but even more so when lessons are only once per week. Students should strive to practice 15-20 minutes per day, at least 5 days per week.

If things are difficult, try these tips:

  1. Slow it down (the slower the better, until mastery is attained).
  2. Try it pizzicato instead of with the bow (arco).
  3. Say/sing letter names of notes out loud.
  4. Play difficult rhythms on an open string.

Essential Elements Interactive

Included with the purchase of your Essential Elements book, is access to Essential Elements Interactive (EEi), an online resource that provides supplemental resources and practice tools for students at home.

The site offers instructional videos, learning resources, and the very cool EE Music Studio – a tool that allows students to have fun practicing and the ability to record and save their performances.

Students can access EEi by visiting on a computer, tablet, or even a smartphone. Students with iPads, iPhones, Android Phones or Android Tablets may access the EEi through the itunes app or android app.

Access to the site is enabled when students sign up for an account and enter their unique student code, located on the first page of the book. Because students are under 13 years of age, they should sign up with the help of a parent.

When signing up, it’s important to link your account to the KSU String Project that will allow KSU Teaching Staff to share a variety of resources with students.  You can link your account by entering the school code: kennesawstrings.

Additionally, students can access streaming MP3 accompaniments tracks by visiting and entering the code from their book. The audio tracks may also be downloaded to computer for playback offline.

Please contact us if you have questions about EEi.