Elementary grades 4-5

Introductory programs in violin, viola, cello, and piano open the door for young musicians to explore the joy of music.

For Strings

  • Beginning group instruction in violin, viola, and cello
  • Designed to help students discover the fun and rewards of making music
  • Led by dedicated professionals with high school mentors
  • Meet twice weekly at the Community Campus from mid-October through mid-May
  • Free of charge
  • Instruments provided free of charge from the Music Institute’s Instrument Bank
  • Continued instruction in ensemble format
  • Meets twice weekly at the Community Campus
  • Perfect for young, motivated string students
  • Free of charge
  • Six-week program designed for Elementary Strings students who want to continue working through the summer to keep their skills sharp
  • Meets weekly at the Community Campus

For Piano

  • Comprehensive program for beginners through advanced students
  • Includes individual instruction, group classes, and performances

Individual Instruction

  • Weekly private lessons
  • Lesson times are determined by the instructor and are 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length
  • Semi-private and group lessons help meet the needs of beginning students
  • Financial aid is available
  • Instruction takes place on Saturdays at the Community Campus or Wood River High School

Group Classes

  • Group classes are an integral part of the comprehensive program and are scheduled on Saturdays in conjunction with individual lessons
  • Classes include Music Mind Games to teach music theory, aural skills and sight reading
  • Classes may also include music history, performance preparation, and ensembles


  • Include departmental recitals, National Federation of Music Clubs Festival and Certificate of Achievement

Program Registration and fees

Contact the Sun Valley Music Festival Music Institute for application materials or talk to your school music teacher

[email protected]

Donors to the Sun Valley Music Festival provide support to underwrite its education programming. While group opportunities are provided free of charge, students are billed directly for private lessons (at subsidized rates).

Financial support and scholarships are available to motivated, committed students with proven financial need. Click here to download a Financial Aid Application or contact the Music Institute for financial aid information at

[email protected]



Elementary Strings Program and Ludwig’s Ensemble:
Free of Charge

Summer Strings Program:
$40 Materials Fee (financial aid available)

Comprehensive Piano Program:
Annual Registration and Materials Fee: $50

Individual Instruction:
Contact Music Institute for Current Rates (financial aid available)

Required Group Classes:
No additional cost