Elementary Strings

Presented through the cooperative efforts of The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, Conejo Valley Unified School District, and The Conejo Recreation & Park District.


Students in the strings music program will be instructed on their respective instruments, learning proper technique and method, as well as learning to read music and understand basic musical theory. The members of the class will also rehearse and play together as a group in preparation for online concerts performed throughout the year.

The Beginning Elementary Strings Program is for 1st year musicians who would like to play violin, viola, or cello. Group string classes meet twice a week for a half an hour before school. The Elementary Strings Program is held in two semesters and runs for the entire year.

Registration is three step process

1) Fill out registration form

2) Pay online at Hillcrestarts.com

3) Bring page 3 of the registration form on the first day of class

Classes will begin Tuesday, September 15, 2020. (All Students regardless of instrument and parents are welcome on the first day.) Instruments not needed on first day.

Semester I Sept. 15 - Dec. 18, 2020 No Class: 9/28, 10/12, 10/23-27

Semester II Jan. 4 – May 21, 2021


All interested students in grades 3, 4 and 5. Students must maintain class work and be responsible for any work missed during class.


Music students are expected to conform to acceptable standards of behavior, just as in any other school activity. If a student displays unacceptable behavior, he/she will be warned and the parents will be phoned. If there is a second occurrence, the student will be sent back to classroom for the lesson. On the third instance, the student will be expelled from the strings music program. No make-up lessons or refunds will be given for behavior-related incidences.


Students in the early years of instrumental music study need parental encouragement, involvement and guidance. At least 30 minutes per day five days a week is needed for practice. Parents and students should discuss the best time and place for daily practice so that the student is not distracted by other activities. Private lessons are highly encouraged.


Once you have decided on your instrument (violin, viola, cello or bass), students and parents are responsible for providing instruments and equipment. The instructor at no extra charge will provide any supplemental material. Students may purchase or rent instruments from any of the music stores to the left:

Any final determination about what instrument you actually end up learning will be made with the following priorities in mind:

1. Mr. Palomino's evaluation of student's strengths

2. Consideration of the overall balance of instruments within the program.

3. Student's preferences of instrument.


See below for where to get an instrument. Warning!! Avoid buying online. (amazon, costco, ebay, etc...)

Newbury Park

(661) 212-8531 or (661) 755-9418

Make an appointment with Cyndi Hall's Music Studio here>Rental Form

Agoura Hills

(818) 991-3750


Semester I Sept. 15 - Dec. 18, 2020

Semester II Jan. 4 – May 21, 2021

Each semester = $185.00 (This includes two tickets to the end of the year concert as well as use of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center.) Payment is payable by credit card online or over the phone. Submit with your completed registration form to the instructor or front office.


The preferred method of registration is online using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover at www.HillcrestArts.com. For security reasons, payment via check is discouraged; however if payment is made by check, please make the checks payable to the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley or ACCV. We cannot accept cash payments. Credit card payments may also be made by calling the Hillcrest Center for the Arts at (805) 381-2747. For financial assistance inquiries, please contact Daniel Palomino at dpalomino@conejousd.org. Financial aid is limited and is awarded based on need. Thank you for supporting your child’s music education!

For Payments

Payment plans are available. Contact dpalomino@conejousd.org for more information. A payment receipt will be emailed after each payment.

I hope you will consider this opportunity for your young musician to gain the enrichment of music study, at a relatively low cost. If your child is interested, please complete the enrollment form, attach payment and return to your school office. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email.

Daniel Palomino

(805) 498-1573


Required Materials for individual Instruments

A folding music stand is suggested for practice at home is optional.

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