Youth Lessons

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Youth Lessons 2018-05-07T14:56:47+00:00

The Strings Program provides lessons to students ranging in age from youth to adult in violin, viola, cello, and bass.

In student lessons, all students work on solo music repertoire and skills development.

Weekly October through May Lessons during the school year

Since the early 1980’s the IOSP has worked in partnership with our local schools, which do not offer string instruction or orchestra. During the school year, our instructors travel among schools in Grand Rapids, Bigfork and Coleraine to provide weekly lessons to students, in their schools, during the school day. Our IOSP instructors work with school staff to coordinate lesson times with the students’ schedules. Lessons may take place after school or rehearsal. As long as space and schedules allow, students receive individual lessons.

During the October through May Session, students may participate in one of four after school ensembles based upon student playing level.  Students participating 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.

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

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Prelude (Beginners) Tuesdays 3:30-4:30
Overture (2nd and 3rd year students) Wednesdays 2:45-3:45
Intermezzo (3rd and 4th year students) Thursdays 3:30-4:30
Chamber Orchestra (advanced) Mondays 3:30-4:30


Click here to register for October through May Strings Program Lessons (youth and adult)

Summer Lessons

Options of 6, 5 or 3 lessons to fit your busy summer schedules!  This is a great chance to try lessons to decide if you would like to register for lessons in the fall. Lessons take place at the IOSP Lesson Room in the Reif Center. All lessons are individual lessons.

Financial Assistance

IOSP has a limited number of partial scholarships and loans available each year. The scholarship application is incorporated into the online registration process available at Families will be required to submit a proof of income, such as a copy of the most recent tax filing in order to verify income and secure a scholarship.
Utilizing the MN Education Credit with a Loan from the IOSP

IOSP also has instruments for monthly rental for students enrolled in the program

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

Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program is ADA compliant.