Orchestra in the Schools cultivates the joy of musical expression.

We create opportunities for young musicians to build confidence

through the rigor and cooperation required to produce music together.

We work to foster responsible adults who appreciate artistic beauty. 

We provide students throughout Monterey County 

an opportunity to learn an instrument, be a part of an orchestra,

and perform with students from other schools.

We are known for our outstanding small group instrumental instruction.

Students in grades 3-10 are invited to participate.

We offer 27 two-hour lessons throughout the school year.

Our Artistic Director and instructors evaluate the students based on instrument and ability level.

There are three levels of instruction: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced (by audition only).

All groups will perform in a winter and spring concert.

We reserve the right to merge classes if necessary. 


Click here to register your child.


Click here to take the free music aptitude test.


Inspiring success for all children through music.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Spring Tour Sat., May 9th

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Orchestra in the Schools – Schedule of Classes for 2019-2020


Mondays – 3:30-5:30pm

  • San Carlos School (closed campus):

    • String Class grades 3-8- Tuition Cost:$550.00

  • Stevenson School Carmel Campus (closed campus):

    • String Class grades 3-8- Tuition Cost:$550.00

Mondays – After Dinner

  • Stevenson School Pebble Beach Campus (closed campus):

    • String Quartets grades 9-10- Tuition Cost:$550.00

Tuesdays – 4-6pm - Tuition Cost:$550.00

  • International School of Monterey (open to all students):

    • Beginning Strings grades 3-8

    • Beginning/Intermediate Double Bass grades 3-8

    • Intermediate Strings grades 3-8

    • Advanced Strings grades 3-8

    • Beginning Band grades 3-8

    • Intermediate Band grades 3-8

    • Advanced Band grades 3-8

    • Beginning/Intermediate Guitar grades 3-8

Thursdays – 3:30-4:30pm - Tuition Cost:$300.00

  • Stevenson School Carmel Campus (closed campus):

    • Beginning Violin grades 1-2


In memory of John Ruck

Music was a big part of John and he gave from his heart and donated to support the young musicians of “Orchestra in the Schools”. We will miss him dearly!

He was graciousness and loving, wanting to quietly be a part of something bigger that was very dear to him, giving the gift of music to children in the Monterey community.

Please use smile.amazon.com for your back to school needs and they will fund us.  Thank you!

A special thank you to our sponsors:

Arts Council for Monterey County


Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop

Monterey Peninsula Volunteer Services


Nancy Buck Foundation



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