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Strings Program

In our small, rural Montessori school, we have developed an outstanding strings program, now under the leadership of master instructor Katherine Okesson.

We believe that the enjoyment, respect and knowledge of music and the development of the skills necessary to create and perform music enhance learning, enrich quality of life and nourish the human spirit. Therefore, our mission is to provide a foundation, at an early age, for lifelong engagement with music.


Our music program is different than most.  It is not an introduction to music — it is an in-depth, multi-year study of musical strings performance, beginning with Suzuki instruction for our youngest musicians. We believe that by giving children the experience of working over time to develop a challenging skill, they learn lessons about the value of perseverance and hard work that will serve them well throughout their lives.

​Every student in grades 1 to 3 participates in the program. In grades 4 to 8, participation is by choice.  A majority of our students in these upper grades stay in the program and join one of our two orchestras.  All of our strings students are given one of the school’s own instruments to use for the year — to take home and practice with, to take care of, and to play during concert performances. These young musicians have small-group lessons twice per week during the school day, with orchestra practices before and after school. When they move on to high school our musicians can continue to grow in the Sedona Red Rock High School Orchestra.

“Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.”– Shinichi Suzuki

We choose to focus on strings for music education for a few reasons:

Strings are the only family of instruments that come in sizes. Playing any instrument requires physicality, and stringed instruments can be adapted without placing any physical burden on a growing child.
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