Fairfax County offers instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass in all of its schools starting in 4th grade and continuing through 12th grade. Instruction takes place during the school day. At Clermont classes are on Tuesdays. Students may sign up in September and classes continue until their final concert which takes place in late May or early June. 2nd and 3rd year students may participate in an Area Orchestra and Solo and Ensemble festival. Clermont string students have their own blackboard page with links to Smartmusic files and Finale Performance Assessment files that help them learn their music.