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Strings Program 2020-03-27T14:00:12-05:00


 In response to the COVID-19 threat, all lessons will be taught online in April of 2020.

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Registration for summer lessons and the 2020/2021 school year will be available on the GetLearning website soon.

Music instruction for a student grades 1-12 includes 27 half-hour lessons and weekly after-school orchestra rehearsals.  Lessons can take place at the student’s school or in our lesson room in the Reif Center.  Lesson times are first come, first served and may occur during the day and early evening.  Students may take the bus from their elementary schools to the Robert J. Elkington Middle School (RJEMS) to attend orchestra practice at 3:30 pm in the band room. Cellos and basses are not allowed on school buses and must be dropped off at the school by parents and guardians.

Frequently Asked Questions 2019-2020

Payment information

Financial Assistance is available through Minnesota Afterschool Advance!  Financial Assistance information

$50 registration fee due at the time of registration.

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 may be paid in eight installments of $72/month for the first child and $63/additional child.  Paying in full  provides an additional discount.  $560 for the 1st child and $490/additional child. You may pay in full on the Get Learning website.

If you choose to pay monthly, we will email you invoices monthly which will be due on the first day of the month starting October 1st. You may either pay by check or set up reoccurring payments through your bank.

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. Families owing any tuition or rental fees from the previous year will not be allowed to register for next year’s classes until payment is fully made.

Instrument Rental

Please attend the open house event to receive information about rentals and have your child fitted for an instrument.
Instrument Care Instructions
IOSP has instruments available for rental.

Violins:   $15
Violas:    $15
Cellos:    $25
Basses:   $30

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.

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

Regular practice is most important. Generally, 20-30 minutes most days is a good basis, with shorter time for beginning students.

Concert Dress
There are two student concerts at the Reif Center December 19th and May 21st. Dress for girls and boys is all black including shoes and socks.

Additional information

See additional items under this tab “Youth lessons” and “Adult lessons”