Instrumental Studies

January - April 2020

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. 

Cascade School of Music also offers a String Orchestra program called the Awesome Afterschool Orchestra. The Awesome Afterschool Orchestra is open to students from all area schools and classes are held at Cascade School of Music. 

Beginning Drums

Mondays with Lindsey Elias

Ages 8-10
Mondays, 4:00-4:50 p.m. 
January 20-March 9, 2020

Beginning Guitar

Wednesdays with Randy McRill

Ages 7-9

4:00-4:50 p.m.

January 22-March 11, 2020

Ages 10-12

5:00-5:50 p.m.

January 22-March 11, 2020


Beginning Piano

Mondays with Amy Conklin

Ages 7-9
3:00-3:50 p.m.
January 20-April 27, 2020

Ages 10-12
4:00-4:50 p.m.
January 20-April 27, 2020

Wednesdays with Kenny Hadden

Ages 7-9
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
January 22-April 29, 2020 (Make-up Class on May 6)

Beginning Violin

Tuesdays with Ginny Hollon

Ages 7-10
6:10-7:00 p.m.
January 21-March 10, 2020

 Awesome After School Orchestra

Ages 9-12 | Grades 3rd-5th
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m. 
January 21-March 12, 2020 

 Central Oregon Recording & Production Experience

Cascade School of Music and Central Oregon Recording have partnered to offer a recording and production class designed to give students hands-on experience in a fully equipped recording and production studio. Students will gain an understanding of the recording process from beginning to end.  Topics covered include studio pre-production strategies, studio gear and acoustics, studio etiquette and procedures, digital audio workstations, how to record live musicians, and mixing concepts. The class will interest those interested in career paths within the audio production field or those just curious about studio recording.  Class are held at Central Oregon Recording studio in Bend. 

Ages 12-17
Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m. 
January 21-April 28, 2020

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.