Bret Harte Elementary School

2021-2022 School Year

Orchestra Program Details

Grades: K-5

Course Description:

Welcome back to Orchestra!

All levels welcome and no experience required!

Students will be grouped in classes of similar instruments and ages, where they will learn how to play their desired wind, brass, or string instrument. This program is designed to keep music FUN, so students should expect to play many familiar songs throughout the 25+ week program, in addition to learning the fundamentals of rhythm, harmony and traditional note reading.

Smaller group classes will come together as one larger ensemble in the spring, culminating with a final year-end concert!


  • Kindergarteners and 1st graders may only choose the violin.
  • 2nd graders may choose the violin, or ukulele.
  • 3rd graders may choose the violin, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, pBone mini, ukulele, or guitar
  • 4th and 5th graders may choose the violin, cello, flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, trombone, ukulele, or guitar.


Instruction begins in September, 2021 and runs through the spring, culminating with a school concert in May, 2022

Thirty to forty minute small group lessons will be held each Thursday after school between 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM. Please keep this general time block free on Thursdays until we create the final schedule. This flexibility in scheduling will allow us to create classes best suited for the enrollment.

The final schedule and location of classes will be announced via email after enrollment is complete. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. To aid in your planning, note that beginning classes will be held earlier than intermediate and advanced level classes.

Once the schedule is available, please have your child’s schedule clear for their assigned 30 – 40 minute time block. Students waiting to take a later lesson may opt to go home with parents and then return to school at lesson time. Or, contact the school regarding available campus supervision for students waiting to take their lesson.

Kindergarten students must be picked up immediately following the conclusion of their class.

Program costs

A program fee is requested from each participant to cover the entire 25+ week school year spanning September, 2021 through May, 2022.

Participants can pay for the entire year in two ways:

  • one discounted payment of $595 – due with registration
  • two payments of $325 each – first payment due now, second payment automatically charged on December 1st

Additional Resources

The program fee covers instructional costs, as well as all music, books and basic supplies given to your child throughout the year.

The following additional resources are new and included with your tuition:

  1. Class Portal Page – weekly homework assignments, sheet music downloads, helpful video tutorials, and much more!
  2. Interactive video – get extra help by submitting a video for feedback from one of our teachers!

The only other expense will be the rental or purchase of the instrument (see below).

Private Online Lessons - *Optional*

We HIGHLY RECOMMEND  supplementing your music classes with online private lessons! 

Add one-on-one private online lessons once per week or once every two weeks for additional online instruction. The lessons are scheduled at mutually convenient times with one of our professional instructors. Private lessons are charged on a recurring basis, once the number of lessons in your block have been completed.

Duration: Ongoing – Charged automatically as your pre-paid lesson blocks are completed.

Private Lesson Fee:

30-minute lessons – scheduled weekly: $160 per block of 4 lessons

30-minute lessons – scheduled every other week: $80 per block of 2 lessons

Getting your instrument

Discounted rental and purchase prices have been arranged for participating music students through our official instrument supplier. All prices from our supplier include FREE DELIVERY to school at the first lesson and pick up at the end of the program following the year-end concert. Visit The Instrument Place to place your order.