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Englewood Music Lessons: Strings Attached

Strings Attached

Open to All K-12 Students Living or Learning in Englewood
Learn to play the violin, cello, piano or guitar!

Notice: Guitar, cello, and violin registrations are now open!  If you register for piano, you will be temporarily placed on a waitlist as we are in the process of hiring an additional piano teacher. All registrations are due by September 15th but lesson times are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

Strings Attached is an after-school and summer program offering affordable private music lessons for K-12 students attending Englewood Public Schools or living within the district boundaries.  While most of our students come from the local public schools, we also have students who are homeschooled or attend school in another district.

We have students at all levels.  Student recitals are a celebration of the students’ hard work and an opportunity to perform in front of their families.  We also encourage and support students who are performing in their schools, religious services, or in youth orchestras or competitions.

Questions? Call 303-806-8901 or email robin@englewoodarts.org

 

Teachers and School Administrators

We have a page just for you with more information about our program.

Registration Form

The Fall 2022 Strings Attached Registration Form provides us with the basic information to get your student scheduled and is not a binding contract. Emancipated teens can put their name as both parent and child.

We know teens have busy schedules so we try to provide flexible scheduling.  Your teacher will work directly with you to find a time.

Parents are often worried about letting their child commit to something as serious as learning an instrument but in reality it is an experience we believe every child should have!  We’ve had students who only wanted to try an instrument for one semester and ended up sticking with it long term.  Learning an instrument has been shown in numerous studies to improve many aspects of a child’s academic and life success.

Payment Options

If you wish to pay with a check, mail payment to Strings Attached, Hampden Hall, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, CO 80110

To pay for the full semester with a single payment of $196: Click Here

To make four monthly payments of $49 each: Click Here

For information about our sliding scale and instruments on loan, please contact Robin.

Family Handbook and Newsletter

Our Family Handbook is designed to give parents of our K-8 students additional information about our program and how to best support your student in learning an instrument. Our Family Newsletter provides you with links to fun YouTube videos, practice tips, and motivation from professional musicians…every Friday to your inbox! Please reach out with any questions!

Ways to Share Strings Attached with Others

Thank you for wanting to share the program with friends and family!

FAQ

Is my child/ am I eligible to take lessons with Strings Attached?

Yes!  All K-12 kids who live within the Englewood Public Schools district boundaries or attend Englewood Public Schools are eligible.  Many of our students start with us having no experience at all and stay with us for years.

How much does it cost?

Students sign up for an entire semester at once and you can pay for the semester all at once or pay monthly.  Lessons are $14 for a half hour lesson and a sliding scale is available.

What about an instrument?

Please do not buy a cheap instrument from Amazon or Walmart!  Your child will only get discouraged when they can’t play well even though it’s the instrument that the problem, not your child.

  • If you want to rent an instrument, there are area music stores that rent instruments; many of them will use the rental price towards purchasing the instrument.  We recommend paying for the replacement insurance…it is rare but occasionally bad things do happen to instruments in the hands of children.
  • If you wish to purchase an instrument, we are happy to help you find one that meets your needs.
  • If you need a instrument on loan, we have violins, cellos, and guitars available on a first come-first serve basis.

How does it work?

After you have filled out the registration form for your child and arranged payment, the instrument teacher will contact you directly to schedule a time for a lesson.  Lessons may be held in a teacher’s private studio, at one of the local schools, or in a local church.  Lessons are available after school through evening and on different days according to the teacher’s availability.  If concerns about scheduling are preventing you from registering, please reach out!  Many of our students are busy with other extracurriculars and we’re also working on an option for students who are lacking transportation.

 

What are the teachers like?

We care very deeply about choosing the right teachers for our students.  You can see more information about the instrument teachers on the instructors page.  Every teacher is a professional musician and/or professional music educator with extensive experience teaching their instrument.  They all have a long history of helping kids make  progress with an instrument while enjoying the experience.  We know that the teachers we choose are an important decision for the community and we take the process very seriously.  Both our executive director and education director have lived in Englewood for decades and are committed to the very best for Englewood. Our education director is also a mom with kids in the program so she runs into our students at school pick up and in line at the grocery store and hears plenty of informal feedback.  You are also always welcome to reach out with questions or feedback.

Do I need to be there for the lesson?

Speak with your child’s teacher.  For beginning students, we encourage parents to be present at the lesson as you will be your child’s practice partner.  As your student progresses, that becomes less important.  If you are unable to attend lessons with your beginning student, our education director will be reaching out to you periodically to make sure you have what you need to be helping at home.

Do I need to have any musical background?

No!  You do not need to know anything in order to support your child.  We have tips in our Family Handbook and you can ask your child’s teacher or our education director for help any time you need it! Many of the parents in our program have never played an instrument themselves but want their children to have the opportunity.  It’s so rewarding as a parent to learn how to support a musical child.

How much work is this for us at home?

You should plan on your student practicing at least 4-5 days a week so that they can enjoy the rewards of improvement over time. The amount of time will vary from a few minutes for a kindergartener just starting to 30-40 minutes for a teen.  Don’t worry if you have to remind your student to practice and have to try different times and strategies before finding a practice routine that works for your family.  That’s normal!  Every parent with kids who play instruments has had struggles at some point and there are ways to make it a fun and natural part of your family culture.  If you need help figuring this out, please reach out to Robin, the education director and mom of two students in the program. 303-806-8901 or email robin@englewoodarts.org.