Instrumental Studies (Ages 7 -17)

Cascade School of Music Youth Instrumental Studies Classes consist of small group instruction on the following instruments: piano, guitar, violin, and drums. 

Research has documented that enrolling children in formal music study is most effective starting at about age seven. At this age, finger strength and dexterity are sufficiently developed to allow kids to be more successful. Basic reading skills have accustomed the eyes to move from left to right across the page, and written practice instructions can be understood by the student. Depending on the extent of your child’s previous musical experience, most students age 7 - 13 fit well into our Beginning Instrumental Classes.

Students may choose their instrument (piano, guitar, violin, or drums/percussion) and begin formal music study. Our goal during this period is to develop beginning level skills, a healthy practice routine, and a love of music while having fun and making friends in a small group class. The beginning classes are 14 weeks in length followed by continued learning in our private study program.

Beginning Drums

Ages 8-10

Mondays, 4:00-4:50 p.m. 

Register with Bend Parks and Recreation, 12/9 @ 5:30 a.m. The Activity-Section code is 106367-01.

Beginning Guitar 

Monday Classes 
Ages 7-9
3:00-3:50 p.m.
Register with Cascade School of Music.


Ages 10-12
4:00-4:50 p.m.
Register with Cascade School of Music.


Wednesday Classes

Ages 7-9

4:00-4:50 p.m.

Register with Bend Parks and Recreation, 12/9 @ 5:30 a.m. The Activity-Section code is 106364-01. 


Ages 10-12

5:00-5:50 p.m.

Register with Bend Parks and Recreation, 12/9 @ 5:30 a.m. The Activity-Section code is 106364-02. 


Beginning Piano

Monday Classes
Ages 7-9
3:00-3:50 p.m.
Register with Cascade School of Music.


Ages 10-12
4:00-4:50 p.m.
Register with Cascade School of Music.


Wednesday Classes
Ages 7-9
1:30-2:20 p.m.
Register with Bend Parks and Recreation, 12/9 @ 5:30 a.m. The Activity-Section code is 106363-01. 


Ages 10-12
Wednesdays, 2:30-3:20 p.m.
Register with Bend Parks and Recreation, 12/9 @ 5:30 a.m. The Activity-Section code is 106363-01.

Beginning Violin

Ages 7-10
Tuesdays, 6:10-7:00 p.m.
Register with Bend Parks and Recreation, 12/9 @ 5:30 a.m. The Activity-Section code is 106366-01. 


Central Oregon Recording & Production Experience

Ages 12-17

Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m. 

Register with Bend Parks and Recreation, 12/9 @ 5:30 a.m. The Activity-Section code is 106371-01.


Interested in Private Lessons? Visit our Private Lesson page and submit an online inquiry. 

Tuition Assistance is available for classes and private lessons at Cascade School of Music. Visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information.