Strings in the Schools

Get ready for fun!

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

Available to students from third to sixth grade, Strings in the Schools offers before- or after-school group lessons to introduce the foundation of playing a string instrument. Built for beginners, Strings in the Schools teaches students how to count rhythm, read music, properly hold their instrument and bow, and develop basic fingering technique.

A unique opportunity for the love of music

Strings in the Schools serves more than 120 students each year. These children come from SLO County and beyond – this is the only orchestra program that teaches violin, viola and cello to elementary school students in the area.

Many SIS schools 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 eligible to continue their music education experience by joining Super Bows.

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Strings in the 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 today.

Register Your Student

Strings in the Schools will be at the following schools:

San Luis Coastal Unified School District

  • Bishop’s Peak, Fridays 2:50-3:50 PM
  • Pacheco Elementary, Mondays 8:20-9:20 AM
  • Teach Elementary, Mondays 8:20-9:20 AM

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does SIS Cost?

Tuition is $390 for 30 lessons (including performances) for the academic school year.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by Saturday, September 21, 2019 with a $50 deposit. This payment can be made by check or online (click here).

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Tuition is non-refundable.

Does my student need to be enrolled in the same school as their SIS lessons?

No! Strings in the Schools will be in various schools throughout San Luis Obispo County. taught at 14 schools throughout San Luis Obispo County, and your child may sign up at any school regardless of where they are enrolled. Note: we cannot provide transportation to and from lessons.

Can We Rent an Instrument?

Yes! The San Luis Obispo Symphony has instruments available (limited supply) to rent. There is only one payment for the academic school year. Instrument will need to be returned at the last class of the year.

Violin – $65
Viola – $65
Cello – $85

Instruments can be rented on September 21, 2019 at the Symphony office, first-come first-served. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Due to limited availability, we encourage the rental or purchase of instruments through these online music stores:,,

Additional questions?

Please contact our office at (805) 543-3533 and ask for the Music Education department.

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The San Luis Obispo Symphony may take photographs, videos, or recordings of Strings in the Schools lessons, rehearsals and performances, to be used on our website and/or social media accounts, as well as printed materials such as brochures and funding requests. While we will not tag or identify any student, your child's image may be used in these promotional materials in this and future years. No photographs, videos or recordings will be sold or used for commercial purposes.

After submitting this form, you will be redirected to a payment page. A minimum $50 deposit is required to reserve your child's spot in this program. If you have any questions regarding this payment, please call the San Luis Obispo Symphony office at 805-543-3533 and ask for the Music Education department.

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