Strings in Schools

Get ready for fun!

Strings in Schools is a fantastic way to introduce your child to the joy of playing a musical instrument.

Strings in Schools offers after-school group lessons to introduce the foundation of playing a string instrument. Designed with beginners in mind, Strings in Schools teaches students how to count rhythm, read music, properly hold a string instrument and bow, and develop basic fingering technique.

We are excited to offer 3 new classes for fall 2024! Click each school for details:


$200 tuition includes: 20 classes (1 hour), instrument rental, and music book!
The San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony is committed to making our music education programs accessible to all students.
Scholarships are available! All information will be kept confidential and only used for the purposes of determining eligibility for assistance.

A unique opportunity for the love of music

Strings in Schools is the only orchestra program that teaches violin, viola, and cello to public school elementary school students in our community.

Some SIS school sites are Title I, where a high percentage of low-income families are served. By keeping tuition low and offering need-based scholarships, the program helps fill the arts education gap while remaining accessible to everyone.

After one year, SIS students are encouraged to continue their musical training by private lessons.

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Strings in Schools offers strings lessons to children throughout the Central Coast. You can help support our music education programs and more by making a donation to the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s John Baer Music Education Fund today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does SIS Cost?

$200 Tuition includes 20 classes (1 hour), instrument rental, and music book.

Are scholarships available?

Scholarships are available and are awarded based on financial need, the number of applicants, and funds available.


I go to a different school. Can I still sign up?

Yes! Your child may sign up at any school regardless of where they are enrolled. Note: we cannot provide transportation to and from lessons.

Additional questions?

Please contact our office at (805) 356-1438 and ask for the Music Education department or email: [email protected]