Lessons 2020-06-28T01:01:38-05:00

Registration is now open for the 2020/2021 school year

Register at GetLearning.com

School year lessons

The Itasca Strings Program has another exciting year planned.  We have workshops planned with touring music groups in addition to our lessons, orchestra rehearsals and concerts in the Reif Performing Arts Center. Workshops in 2021 will include The Minnesota Orchestra!

Lessons are available at area schools or in our lesson room located in the Reif Center weekly from October to May. Participation in one of our four student orchestras is encouraged and included in the price of lessons.   Participants in orchestra learn foundational musical skills, while developing teamwork and leadership skills they will use for the rest of their lives. Students in Grand Rapids may ride a bus from their school to the Middle School for their weekly after school orchestra rehearsal. Lessons are available for individuals aged 5-adult.

Frequently Asked Questions 2020-2021

Frequently Asked Questions 2020-2021 adult students

Summer Lessons

At this time, lessons will be provided online for existing students only. Registration is available on Get Learning Link

If you are interested in in-person lessons for a new student in August, please contact tammy@itascaorchestra.org.

Payment information

      Early registration discount!  $15 discount through August 29th!

Fees include both lessons and orchestra rehearsals and are provided at a price below our cost because of the generous financial support.  Thank you to our individual and corporate sponsors for helping us to keep lesson fees low!

Annual lesson fees are $560 for the 1st child and $490/additional child. You may pay in full on the Get Learning website. Registration fee due at the time of registration ($35 through August 29th)

Annual lesson fees may be paid in eight installments of $72/month for the first child and $63/additional child.  We are working on options for monthly installment payments for the 2020/2021 school year.

The IOSP program is a full-year commitment. The tuition is for the full year and must be paid even if the student drops the lessons.

Registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis.  Register early for preference in lesson times.

Financial Assistance

The Itasca Orchestra strives to make lessons available to all. We have three forms of financial assistance. Our competitive Scholarships, Low income assistance through Minnesota Afterschool Advance and IOSP low-income assistance. Students receiving low income assistance also quality for 1/2 price instrument rental.

Competitive scholarship – Deadline May 29, 2020 Scholarship application 2020

Low income assistance – 75% of fees based on a Minnesota Tax Credit Minnesota Afterschool Advance

Low income assistance – 50% of fees. Funds are limited so apply early low income Scholarship application 2020

Instrument Rental

Instrument Care Policy

IOSP has instruments available for rent


Violins:   $15     *     Violas:    $15     *     Cellos:    $25     *     Upright Bass:   $30

Per month

Please attend the open house event to receive information about rentals and have your child fitted for an instrument.

Cellos and basses are not allowed on school buses and must be dropped off at the school by parents and guardians.


The lessons will take place weekly between October and May. There will be 27 lessons and 27 orchestra rehearsals for each student. Lessons and events calendar for IOSP may be found on the current news page. If school in ISD 318 is cancelled then lessons and student orchestra practices are cancelled. Lessons cancelled by school cancellations or by the student will not be rescheduled.

Regular attendance at student orchestra rehearsals is required. The director may determine when a student has missed too many rehearsals and not be allowed to perform with the orchestra in the concert.

After School Orchestra Rehearsals

Prelude (Beginners) Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 Grand Rapids Middle School
Overture Wednesdays 2:45-3:45 Grand Rapids Middle School
Intermezzo Thursdays 3:30-4:30 Grand Rapids Middle School
Chamber Orchestra (advanced) Mondays 3:30-4:30 Itasca Orchestra Ensemble room



Regular practice is important. Generally 20-30 minutes most days is a good basis, with shorter time for beginning students. Students will be expected to hand in practice sheets weekly. Practice awards will be presented at student concerts.

Concert Dress

There are two student concerts at the Reif Center. Dress for girls and boys is all black including shoes and socks.


A student handbook will be distributed at the back to school to be held in Mid September.