• Miss Elizabeth Axler  

    General Music and Strings Teacher

    Doyle Elementary Day 1-2, 4 (General), 5 (Strings) │ Cold Spring Elementary Day 3 (AM, General)│ Barclay Elementary Day 3 (PM, Strings)


    Welcome to my website!

    This page is for all students and parents/ guardians from Doyle, Cold Spring, and Barclay Elementary schools.

    Welcome to the 2023-24 school year!




    Instrument Enrollment Information:

    String Lessons are available to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.

    Band Lessons are available to 5th and 6th graders.

    Choir is available to 5th and 6th graders (more information for Doyle Chorus coming in Spring 2024)


    New and Returning String Players:


    How do I get an instrument?

    • If you haven’t done so, please reach out to an instrument vendor to arrange for rental.
    • Russo Music and Zeswitz Music  provide instrument delivery service directly to your school. Both provide quality instruments and service, which often includes accidental damage coverage.

    Do I need a book, accessories or a music stand?

    • No book is needed- we will provide the lesson book used in class.
    • Most instrumental rentals come with the necessary accessories – rosin and a shoulder rest. Other accessories (tuners, polish,etc.) are not needed.
    • Music stands are optional- they are helpful for practice at home, but do not need to be brought to school for lessons.

    What size instrument does my child need?

    • For average-sized 4th grade beginners**
    • Violin:  ½ size
    • Viola: 12”
    • Cello: ½ size

    **If your child is above average in size, a larger size (¾violin, 13” viola, ¾ cello) may be necessary.  ¾

    • Returning students – please order the same size instrument as last year. We’ll make exchanges as needed.

    What about purchasing a string instrument?

    • I recommend renting instruments – the rental companies offer good quality instruments, the convenience of delivery to school, easy exchange of size as kids grow, string replacement and accidental coverage.
    • If you are considering buying an instrument, please contact me so that I can share some important information with you.

    When do lessons start?

    • Beginning String Students – Week of October 2nd - First Lesson will be without instruments.
    • Intermediate (2nd year) & Primo  (3rd Year)  Students – Week of Sept. 26th

    Please contact me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to working with your child this year!






    Site updated: 9/26/2023

    Contact: eaxler@cbsd.org