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Hello! I’m so excited to hear that your district may be adding strings. For instruments, I would first find out which vendor your band program uses and consult with them to find out if they can supply stringed instruments as well. My recommendation is to purchase the large instruments first — basses then cellos. Students are more likely to be able to afford to rent violins and violas. Instrument retailers should have several resources for how to choose the correct size for students. Is it possible for you to attend a state, division or national conference in the near future? By visiting the exhibit booths and talking to colleagues, you can start to narrow down all the possibilities for method books, etc. If you would like to contact me directly, I’ll send you my phone number and would be happy to talk by phone about my personal preferences. I hope this helps! Laura Reed, Gilbert AZ