To minimize the waste of paper, orchestra forms will be done online this year. The only form that needs to be printed and turned in is in Step 3. Please follow the steps below carefully.

Step 1

VIEW the pages found here: HERE and HERE


After reviewing the documents provided in Step 1, complete this form.


PRINT and complete the travel permission document found HERE. This must be turned in to Mr. Ross or Ms. Gross by the first Friday of the school year.


Pay your $65 orchestra fee.  This may be paid via check or through an online payment. Checks and money orders should made out to the “Plano West Orchestra Boosters” and turned in to a teacher.  Please be sure that the check is labeled with your student’s name and school ID number.

To pay online, you may make a payment through the Cheddar-Up button below.  If you pay with a credit card, Cheddar-Up will include a small convenience surcharge that is in addition to the payment you are making to the orchestra.

Pay with Cheddar Up


If you would like to sign up your child for private lessons during the school day, click HERE. Private lessons are highly encouraged and they provide the extra guidance to help students truly excel. A majority of West’s orchestra students study privately, and it is a large portion of why our orchestra program is so successful. If your child already has a teacher outside of the school day, you do not need to complete this step. You must complete this step even if you took lessons last school year.


Log in to Cut Time at  Cut Time is our new database management software and is replacing Charms.  On the first day of school, you’ll have received an email from Cut Time inviting you to access and setup your account.  It was sent to the emails you had in Charms.  Please look for this email in your email box, deleted emails, or spam.  Important Note:  In Cut Time, parents and students each have their own accounts, so please have everyone create their own account.  Parents and student accounts will be linked through student school ID number.  If you did not receive a signup email, you can still create a new account by using the Student/Parent Signup link at the top of the page.

Once you successfully log in, please update your information and make all contact information as accurate as possible.  If you have any problems accessing your account and resetting the password does not work, create a new account using the instructions in the first paragraph.


Only if you are using a school instrument: Complete the contract provided to your student at school and return it to a director. A $85 payment should be made to PISD via the Parent Portal:    Please look for the fee titled “Orchestra Instrument User Fee.”  If you don’t have a credit or debit card, a check may be sent to school made out to “PISD.”  Please contact Mr. Ross if a payment plan needs to be discussed.

Unfortunately, due to the district’s new payment system, this fee may not show up on parent portal until a few days after the school year begins.  An email will be sent when it is fully available for payment.